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Spicy Meat Loaves

 Spicy Meat Loaves
In Marion, North Carolina, Melanie Ellis puts a fun spin on meat loaf with her Southwestern specialty. She tops the taco-flavored single-serving loaves with zesty tomato sauce and shredded cheese before bringing them to the dinner table.
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons onion mushroom soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce, divided
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir in 3/4 cup
  • tomato sauce. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six
  • loaves.
  • Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top each with 1
  • tablespoon of tomato sauce (save remaining sauce for another use).
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until meat is no
  • longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand
  • for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 363 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 171 mg cholesterol, 1,094 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 35 g protein.