• 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 old corn tortillas
  • wheat bran-1/4 cup
  • quick oats-1/2 cup
  • cumin-1/2 teaspoon
  • coriander-1/2 teaspoon
  • garlic powder-1/4 teaspoon
  • onion-one yellow chopped
  • ketchup-2 Tablespoons
  • mustard-1 Tablespoon
  • ranch dressing- 1 Tablespoon
  • 2 eggs
  • mexican 3 cheese blend- 3/4 cup shredded
  • milk-as needed, maybe 1/4 cup

Best. Meatloaf. Ever.

Well I thought so, anyway.

This blended some of my favorite flavors.

Cumin, Coriander (Cilantro’s seed), cheese, corn, chicken.

I made this up in order to use some thawed frozen ground chicken meat.

I was planning to make an ordinary Italian themed meatloaf like I would normally make out of beef, but I saw some stray ingredients in my fridge that needed using up.

Story of my life.

We had 1-2 torn up corn tortillas laying  in their baggy in chunks, a little bit of cheese, and the idea was born here. I don’t often have bread crumbs in my pantry. I don’t buy them, so unless I’ve made some, I don’t have them. When making meat balls or meat loaves you can substitute many other starchy things, such as oats, quinoa, rice, etc. So I figured the corn tortillas would work.

I got out my small food processor and blended some chopped yellow onion with the corn tortillas, until it was all in very tiny pieces.

I beat the 2 eggs in a large glass bowl, with a fork and then added the onion mixture, the other binding ingredients (oats and wheat bran), the seasonings, sauces, and last the meat and cheese (all stirred by hand with a fork).

Baked this in a loaf pan for 1 hour 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

It was outstanding/delicious!

What is your favorite kind of meatloaf? Have you tried any interesting substitutions that you would recommend or warn against?

Here is another “meatloaf” that I made once.

serving meatloaf

Spray pan with non stick spray before putting batter in.

corn tortilla and onion

Pureed onion and corn tortilla. I imagine you could use old cornbread for this too.

raw chicken loaf batter

Before cooking.

bite of meatloaf

A close up bite, you can see the corn tortilla baked into this. Yum!

meatloaf meal

Served with couscous and arugula salad.