How many people say not meatloaf? I certainly remember thinking that in my childhood. Why does meatloaf have such a bad name? I know if we served it to our kids, they were like – “I am not hungry.” Notwithstanding the negative karma with meatloaf, my wife loves meatloaf. I love meatloaf too. So I created a Mexican Smoked Meatloaf loaded with Mexican spices.
What is the origin of meatloaf? Turns out that MEATLOAF has European origins. Meatloaf dates back to Rome in the 5th century. Minced meat was created into a loaf (GO FIGURE) and put into an oven to cook. In more modern times, it is associated with Germany, Scandinavia and Belgium. In America it owes its origins to the German Americans of Pennsylvania. Meatloaf is ultimately a variation of the meatball. Ground meat that is spiced.
The key to a good recipes is having great ingredients and a smoker. As a total aside, tonight (which is a month or two after I made this meatloaf) I threw some chicken that I had smoked in a pan with some New Mexican chili powder and some of my ancho BBQ sauce. Mixed in some onions and peppers and I had a terrific dinner. My wife kept saying, this is so good. I said it is all about the ingredients. That knowledge was really a light bulb moment for me. This Mexican Meatloaf is so good. The meatloaf is spiced with Guajillo chili powder, my favorite Oaxaca (a Mexican coffee rub), cumin, Spanish smoked sea salt, and to spice it up, some Sambal Oelek. I know, that is not Mexican but it is good.
The cast of characters.
The meat and spices, and then, the loaf formed.
The Mexican Meatloaf plated.
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon Guajillo chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Oaxaca powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons Spanish smoked sea salt
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek
- 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- Place the ground turkey in a bowl and set aside.
- In a second bowl, combine all the spices, liquids and breadcrumbs – mix well.
- Add the spice to the ground turkey and mix well.
- Form into a loaf and place into tented aluminum foil.
- Place into a smoker heated to about 300 degrees.
- Cook for about 75 minutes. Let rest for a few minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!