I’m back! As usual, I planned to blog at least a few times during a little vacation… but quickly realized that I just wanted to relax and have fun, and well, it didn’t happen. More on the trip soon!
Before I left, I wanted to make something that would produce a lot of leftovers. Nick was on his own for 6 days and I wanted to try to limit the trips to McDonald’s and Taco Bell!
Meatloaf came to mind as a good make-ahead meal. A classic, but kind of boring. I wanted to put a twist on it! When I found this recipe for Enchilada Meatloaf, I knew it was perfect. Perfect except for the name; I think they meant to name it Tamale Meatloaf? Never had an enchilada stuffed with cornmeal, but that’s just me…
(from Better Homes and Gardens)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 8.5 oz package corn muffin mix, prepared according to box
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Salsa or sour cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine egg, onion, 1/4 cup salsa, chili powder, garlic, salt and ground beef.
Mix well. Shape into a ball and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Flatten meat mixture to a 6-inch circle and set aside.
Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions. Spread corn muffin batter over meat mixture in pie plate.
Bake about 50 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat loaf reaches 160 degrees. Remove from oven.
Sprinkle cheese on top of the corn muffin mixture. Cover loosely and let stand 10 minutes before serving. (If you can stand to wait… I couldn’t… hence the not-so-melted cheese!)
Serve with additional salsa.
The meatloaf was really yummy! Next time, I would saute the onions a little before putting them in, or make sure to mince them really finely. They were by no means raw, but they could have used a little more cooking time in my opinion.
I left Nick with half a meatloaf, some salmon, and a full large pizza. He was hitting up the drive thru by day 2. I tried! Next time I’ll make a couple weeks worth of food.