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Classic Meatloaf – Southwest Style

Classic Meatloaf Southwest Style

Southwest Meatloaf Southwest Style is a traditional meatloaf with subtle flavors of green chiles and cumin, a mild but interesting combination

Classic Meatloaf – Southwest Style is essentially a traditional, homestyle meatloaf but a Southwestern flair. I wasn’t shooting for spicy here – I was aiming for that special flavor combination that you get with green chiles and cumin. I went fairly light on both, since I wanted a satisfying rounded flavor rather than a taste that screams “Southwestern!” Personally, I like it better than classic meatloaf, as it’s more interesting. I specifically wanted that special green chile flavor without much heat, so I used mild green chiles.

I’ll definitely make this one again and again, as it’s not only easy, but is real comfort food. Plus it freezes well. You can make a few of these ahead of time, and just pull them out when you need an easy family favorite for dinner. Another thing, if you have kids who can’t take spicy, this dish is a good bet.

Note that you don’t need the ketchup-based topping, but I think it really adds a lot. And it’s a lot more interesting than plain ketchup. All in all, this is a great dish to have in the family repertoire – hope you like it!

Classic Meatloaf - Southwest Style
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
  • ⅔ cup quick oatmeal
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or 2 tbsp dried cilantro
  • ¼ cup diced mild green chiles
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder or 4 cloves pressed garlic
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • For the Topping:
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add the beef, oatmeal, onion, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, worcestershire sauce, cilantro, chiles, cumin salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mix these ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Put the meat mixture into a loaf pan. Pat the meat down into an even layer.
  4. In a small bowl, add ¼ cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour the sauce on top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer.
  5. Bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
  6. Let the meatloaf rest for 8-10 minutes before serving (or it may fall apart).


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