Friday, March 19, 2010

SOUTH OF THE BORDER MEATLOAF



1 cup finely chopped poblano or green bell pepper
1 medium onion ½ cup finely chopped
½ cup very finely crushed tortilla chips(about 1½ cups whole chips)
1 cup ketchup
2 tbsp Chipotle Rub
1½ lbs ground beef
1 egg
1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

1. Finely chop pepper and onion. Place chips into large resealable plastic bag; very finely crush using Meat Tenderizer to measure ½ cup crumbs. Combine ketchup and rub in a Small Bowl; stir. In Mixing Bowl, combine pepper, onion, tortilla chip crumbs, ¾ cup of the ketchup mixture, beef, egg and 1 cup of the cheese; mix well.

2. Place meat mixture in Deep Covered Baker (or microwave safe pan); form into an 8½ x 4½-in. loaf. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 14-17 minutes or until Digital Pocket Thermometer inserted in center of meat loaf registers 145°F. Remove baker from microwave. Brush remaining ketchup mixture over meat loaf. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 3-5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F in the center.

3. Sprinkle remaining cheese over meat loaf; cover and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle cilantro over meat loaf, if desired.

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