Spice up your weeknight meatloaf!
Looking for a new way to spice up meatloaf? Try this Slow Cooker Mexican meatloaf dish for a change of pace! This scrumptious meatloaf is full of rich spices, representing the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and flavor. And as a bonus, our recipe packs in nutritious benefits thanks to its clean-eating, vitamin-rich ingredients. This zesty, Mexican-inspired dish is complete with a drool-worthy, tomato-based glaze that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance!
We Add Flavorful Spices to Traditional Meatloaf
This rich and comforting Mexican meatloaf incorporates layers of spice, thanks to jalapeño and cayenne pepper. Onion, garlic, and olive oil lend a delicious flavor to every bite, too. For a finishing touch, we coat this Mexican meatloaf with a fiery, flavorful glaze that ties this impressive recipe together. It’s made with ingredients like honey, chipotle chili, and tomatoes, creating a topping that offers a trifecta of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors.
A Tasty, Timeless Recipe
Meatloaf is the poster child of comfort, and it has stood as a staple in American cuisine for centuries. For many, meatloaf has served as a tasty, budget-friendly way to enjoy a hearty meal. The classic recipe typically consists of beef, egg, breadcrumbs, and a sweet tomato topping. Here, we kick things up a notch with our Mexican-spiced meatloaf recipe. We’ve incorporated a handful of unique ingredients that’ll give your taste buds something to remember.
Your slow cooker plays an enormous role in making this meatloaf as mouthwatering as possible, too. This remarkable appliance cooks ingredients low and slow. This allows ingredients to merge and marinate, ultimately releasing an incredible depth of flavor.
How To Make Slow Cooker Mexican Meatloaf
This yummy Mexican meatloaf recipe is a snap to make, thanks to your slow cooker! After prepping this meal, you can let the Crock-Pot take over as you go about the rest of your day. First, heat the olive oil, onions, and jalapeno in a skillet. Add the garlic and cook for another minute before placing the mixture in a large bowl. Next, stir in the beef and seasonings. And finally, add the egg and oats to this mixture and continue to mix.
Next comes the fun part! Shape the meat mixture into a round loaf and transfer it to your slow cooker. Your meatloaf will take about six hours of slow-cooking on low heat until it’s ready.
While the meatloaf is cooking, make the glaze by combining the tomatoes, garlic, honey, lime juice, chipotle chili, and sea salt. Transfer this mixture to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil, cooking for five minutes. Next, pour this mixture into a blender and blend it until it’s smooth. Drizzle this delectable glaze over your Mexican meatloaf right before serving.
A Dinner Party Crowd-Pleaser
This impressive, hearty dish will certainly be a hit at the dinner table, but it’s also a great option for your next dinner party. This wholesome Mexican meatloaf is wholesome and filling, and it will satisfy and leave you with a full belly. And thanks to its impressive nutritional profile, our clean-eating meatloaf won’t break the calorie bank.
Slow Cooker Mexican Meatloaf
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 jalapeño minced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup rolled oats coarsely ground in a food processor
- 1 egg
- 1 cup diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce canned
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions, and jalapeño. Cook until soft and add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute and add to a large bowl. Stir in the beef and seasonings and mix well. When mixture is slightly cool, add the oats and egg. Mix well.
- Shape the mixture into a round loaf and transfer to a slow cooker pot. Cover and cook on low, for 6 hours.
- Before serving, make the glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, cook for 5 minutes and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth. Spoon over the meatloaf before serving.
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Editor’s Note: This recipe was originally published on March 8, 2015.