You may remember from my recent post for “Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers that one of the only foods that I really miss since becoming a vegetarian is my dad’s meatloaf. I have developed a great alternative with my Vegetarian “Meatloaf,” but wanted to spice things up a bit (literally) with inspiration from Kristen’s recipe for Mexican Meatloaf. I am a big Mexican food lover, so incorporating Mexican flavors into this traditional dish was a no brainer!
Mexican Vegetarian “Meatloaf”
EVOO cooking spray
2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
4 eggwhites, beaten
1/4 cup ketchup
1 envelope dry onion soup mix (ensure that the brand you purchase does not contain meat)
1 TB taco seasoning
3 cups Corn Flakes cereal
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup zucchini, shredded
1/4 cup frozen corn
salsa, for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with EVOO cooking spray.
2. Combine all ingredients (except salsa) into a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
3. Pour “meatloaf” mixture into loaf pan and drizzle with salsa for the topping.
4. Bake, uncovered, for approximately 60 to 70 minutes, or until the top becomes crispy and golden brown. Mine cooked about 65 minutes total.
It should come out of the oven looking something like this:
Now if this recipe is not easy, then I don’t know what is!
Serve your Mexican Vegetarian “Meatloaf” alongside your favorite vegetable or with a side of Mexican rice. A Mexican-inspired taco side salad would also make a fabulous accompaniment to this meatloaf.
The first time that I ate this meatloaf I added a bit of sriracha sauce to spice it up even more. It was a delicious addition. However, when I ate my leftovers I did not add sriracha sauce and it was just as good and as flavorful!
My favorite slices of the meatloaf were definitely the edge pieces. They were extra crispy and provided not only great flavor, but a really delicious texture.
I absolutely love my classic and more “traditional” vegetarian version of meatloaf, but this Mexican-inspired variation was such a nice change. I loved the spicy flavors brought in by the use of the taco seasoning and salsa, and I always find it incredibly fun to sneak vegetables into my meatloaf. That is one of the best features of meatloaf, after all, am I right? 😉
Do you enjoy Mexican-inspired foods? Have you ever added Mexican flavors to a traditionally “non-Mexican” dish?