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Friday, February 13, 2009

Taco Meatloaf Patties with Mexican Mac & Cheese

We love Mexican foods of all kinds in our home. My kids always request spicy (or "fiecy, depending on who's asking) foods. However, as the controller of the kitchen, I sometimes get bored with the stand-bys of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. So this is a fun dish to mix things up a little bit. Everything can be made ahead of time and just warmed in the oven or microwave before eating.

Taco Meatloaf Patties with Mexican Mac & Cheese
For the Taco Meatloaf Patties:
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 c. quick oats or breadcrumbs
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 3 t. chili powder
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1/4 c. salsa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, oats or breadcrumbs, seasonings, salsa and egg. Mix well with hinds until thoroughly combined.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Divide mixture into 6 to 8 uniformly-sized oval patties. Place in hot skillet and cook 3-4 minutes, until browned. Flip patties, cook another 3 minutes. Then, reduce heat to low, cover skillet and continue cooking until meat is fully cooked.

3. Once patties are fully cooked, sprinkle cheese on top. Replace skillet cover just until cheese is melted.

For Mexican Mac & Cheese
  • 1 lb. macaroni, fully cooked and drained
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 c. shredded or cubed sharp cheddar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/3 - 1/2 c. salsa
1. Melt butter or margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, stirring frequently.

2. Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until completely melted. Season to taste with salt. Stir in salsa and noodles.

6 comments:

Rachel said...

I just love your ideas!! I can't wait to try this!

Brian and Staci said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR SITE!!! That pizza bread is my 6 yr old's favorite thing to eat now!! He requests it for EVERY meal :) (I don't oblige), but I am making, AGAIN, for the second time this week!!! I've passed it along to several of my friends! Thank you thank you!!!! Can't wait to try the taco meatloaf patties :)

Shannon said...

This is my first time here. I saw your linkon MomDot. What a yummy looking recipe. My toddler likes spicy food too! I am adding you to my favorites.

Amanda said...

These look yummy. Now to figure out how to get my husband to eat meatloaf.

Tiffany said...

I'll definitely be trying these two recipes very soon! Thanks for the great meal idea!

Jennifer said...

I made this the other day and it came out really yummy! Thanks.