Mexi-loaves with Colby Jack

When my dad called me earlier today, I told him I was making meatloaf for dinner.  He made sure to tell me, (as he always likes to add a word of advice when I'm cooking, or sometimes just take over all together when I'm at home) not to use too much breadcrumb and make sure I use golden cream of mushroom soup.  I promised I would watch the breadcrumbs and be sure to use the soup, and hung up.  I thought I would do a nice Italian-style meatloaf, using fresh basil and rosemary, three different kinds of meat, and Parmesan cheese.  Then, I decided I would scratch that and do a cheeseburger meatloaf using cheddar, ketchup, mustard and pickles.  Basically, instead of traditional meatloaf, I wanted to use more flavor combinations and I thought about making four different kinds... but it's Monday, and I didn't feel like getting too crazy.  So, I used my second favorite cuisine after Italian, Mexican, and did my thing!

When you're at the store, you are going to pick up all the same things you would get for a taco night. You'll need:

2.5 lbs. ground beef
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
4 oz. black beans
4 oz. golden corn kernels
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 packets taco seasoning (or you can make your own)
2 eggs
slightly less than 1/4-cup breadcrumbs (I advise NOT panko)
1/4 cup your favorite salsa
Salt, pepper, onion powder
8 oz. Colby jack cheese

Tomato Salsa "Gravy"
3/4 cup your favorite salsa
1/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's!)
3 tbsp. cumin

1.  To make the loaves, mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, leaving out the Colby Jack cheese.  Mix thoroughly, it will be kind of difficult, there's so much!  It's a lot easier to use a big mixer or use your hands.

2.  Once it is all mixed together, separate it into four mini loaves.  Slice the cheese into four 2-oz. slices and bury it deep into the loaf.  Repeat with all loaves, and put in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350-degrees.

3.  To make the "gravy", mix all three ingredients, and put it in a food processor until very smooth, like ketchup.  In a small saucepan, heat the "gravy" and spoon over meat loaf.  Enjoy!



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