Cheese Stuffed Taco Meatloaf

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If you’re bored of the traditional meatloaf recipe, get ready because it’s time for something completely different. This Cheese Stuffed Taco Meatloaf is about to blow all of your preconceived notions of meatloaf out of the water. Far from dull, this new and improved dinner loaf recipe is full of flavour, fun, and comfort. It serves up to ten people, and won’t take too much to fill you up – every bite is literally bursting with delicious ingredients.

Meatloaf is basically a recipe that turns meat into a loaf that, from a distance, somewhat resembles bread. The meat is often mixed with several other ingredients, including onions, garlic, green peppers, tomato sauce, breadcrumbs, and spices. Meatloaf recipes have been common throughout many different cultures for hundreds of years, but the ones we often use in North America have come to us from European traditions – especially Italian, Belgian, German, and Scandinavian. Although ground beef is the most popular meat used for making meatloaf, chicken, pork, lamb, venison, and seafood can also be used. This taco meatloaf recipe combines meatloaf with the spicy flavours of Mexican cuisine, breathing new life into what’s become a relatively over-used dinner recipe. It’s also stuffed with cheese, which doesn’t hurt, either.

As this is a meat recipe, you will want to pay particular attention to food safety techniques when preparing this meal. Food safety is essential when working with any kind of meat dish, especially ground beef, poultry, pork, beef, or seafood, but it’s also significant with produce as well. Keeping your food safe means keeping it free from bacteria that can cause outbreaks of salmonella, listeria, or E. coli. Over 80 per cent of food-borne illnesses caused in the United States each year are preventable. With proper education and simple kitchen hygiene habits, you can easily keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Keep your meats separated in the shopping basket as well as in the refrigerator, to prevent them from cross-contaminating. Chill your meats immediately after purchasing whenever possible. Two hours is the maximum limit. Freeze meats you won’t be using right away and write the current date on storage containers, so you’ll know when to use them by. You’ll need to wash your hands thoroughly before you begin and after you handle the meat, using a high-quality soap. Rinse with hot water and then dry with a clean cloth. This will remove unwanted bacteria from your hands so that you won’t spread it to other ingredients, utensils, or areas throughout your kitchen. When your meal’s finished, refrigerate the leftovers as soon as possible so you can enjoy them the next day. If you want to save them for longer, then seal them in a freezer-safe container and keep them in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve them, just defrost them overnight in the fridge and consume the next day.

Many thanks to Melissa over at Melissa’s Southern-Style Kitchen for sharing this exciting new Mexican meatloaf dish with us. Visit her site for more fresh ideas on traditional recipes.*

Nutrition Facts for: Cheese Stuffed Taco Meatloaf from Melissa's Southern Kitchen
Ingredients: Lean ground beef, taco sauce, Doritos, taco seasoning, sweet onion, cumin, lemon pepper, garlic powder oregano eggs, cheese.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 298, Calories from Fat 193, Total Fat 21.5g 33%, Saturated Fat 11.1g 56%, Cholesterol 86mg 29%, Sodium 425mg 18%, Potassium 96mg 3%, Carbohydrates 13.3g 4%, Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4%, Sugars 1.5g, Protein 14.5g, Vitamin A 11%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 36%, Iron 6%

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