Take your Classic Meatloaf recipe for a spin! Fresh Salsa Chorizo Meatloaf is a flavorful, hearty dinner full of ground beef, pork, chorizo, and studded with fresh vegetables. The right amount of spice from the chorizo sausage combines perfectly with Sam’s Fresh Medium Salsa for a wonderful explosion of flavor. What a time saver using the fresh salsa. No need to chop vegetables. The Pico de Gallo style salsa is full of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro.
SAM’S FRESH SALSA
So, let’s talk about Sam’s Fresh Salsa. Their mission and priority has always been to “ensure consistent quality in their produce.” Sam’s award-winning fresh salsas are created using the freshest of produce.
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Did you know meatloaf originated in Germany? Meatloaf become popular in America as German immigrants made their way to America.
Consequently, meatloaf became a favored dish during the Great Depression. As meat became scarce, grains and leftover ingredients were added to whatever meat was on hand to “bulk” up the recipe. Tomatoes and/or tomato sauce was then poured on top to not only provide additional flavor, but to also keep the meatloaf moist and tender.
Honestly, some of us can agree that traditional meatloaf can be quite boring, right? Not anymore, now that we have this recipe for Fresh Salsa Chorizo Meatloaf! Chorizo is a well seasoned pork sausage that is very popular in Spanish and Mexican cuisine.
I used Mexican chorizo in this dish. This type of fatty sausage has a very distinct red tint from the various spices used to make it.
NOTE: Spanish chorizo and Mexican chorizo are very different. Mexican chorizo is raw and fresh. Unlike most sausages, the casing is inedible. Thankfully, you will find most Mexican chorizo is sold in a tube, sans the casing.
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST FRESH SALSA CHORIZO MEATLOAF
As mentioned earlier, the use of fresh salsa as a main ingredient to prepare the meatloaf will be a huge time saver, and flavor builder. The fresh salsa contains the ingredients you would normally spend time chopping.
Additionally, the juices from the salsa help to keep this flavor-packed meatloaf moist and tender as it bakes. Also, this tangy meatloaf recipe does not call for eggs. You do not need them. The salsa and cream soaked bread are the perfect binders.
Here are a few more tips:
- meatloaf mix (find in the meat section) can be substituted for ground beef and pork
- use 80/20 beef (the more fat, the more flavor)
- do NOT skip the bread soaking step (I even do this for Meatballs)
- a crusty bread works better than sandwich bread
- milk can be substituted for the heavy whipping cream
- do NOT overwork the meat
- as the meatloaf bakes, you will need to drain off some of the fat
- cook meatloaf to an internal temperature of 165° using an instant-read thermometer placed in the center of the loaf
- add vegetables to the baking pan (potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic)
- form two loaves for faster a faster bake
HOW TO SERVE AND STORE LEFTOVER SALSA MEATLOAF
Traditionally, serve this tasty, spicy meatloaf on top of creamy mashed potatoes with a side of roasted vegetables, or consider these other options as perfect pairings:
- macaroni and cheese
- mashed cauliflower
- green beans or peas
- scalloped potatoes
- fried potatoes
- roasted potatoes
Thankfully, leftover Fresh Salsa Chorizo Meatloaf will last up to three days in the fridge. Leftovers will make for great meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Additionally, cut up the chorizo meatloaf and serve as a topping for nachos, with extra Sam’s Fresh Salsa, of course!
If stored properly, leftover meatloaf can last up to three months in the freezer.Print
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