Second, it gets cooked in the slow cooker, and anything that you can toss in the slow cooker, abandon to you and live your life, come back to 8 hours later and have it be perfectly done is my idea of heaven. One word to the wise about meat loaf in general in the slow cooker: if you are the kind of person that likes your meatloaf in slices, you should make a foil sling (a long, double-thick piece of foil with its ends extending outside the top of your cooker) and place your uncooked loaf on that before you start. That way when it is done you can grasp the ends of the sling and lift it right out. If you are like me and are okay with scooping your meatloaf out of the cooker in spoonfuls, then no sling needed!
Third, while I’m a fan of leftover meatloaf in general, this particular meatloaf makes leftovers that make all other leftovers hang their head in shame. A generous spoonful of leftover Mexican meatloaf crumbled into a warm corn tortilla and topped with melted cheese? It’s almost better than the original thing. Swoon.
Which leaves me with the picture. As I’ve mentioned here and there in the past, I only post recipes where I have gotten what I think is a half-way decent picture (I have made one exception in all the years of this blog…click here for that one), and I was torn about this picture. The Southern husband finally realized that I had been staring at the shot above for an eternity and figured out that I was agonizing. I told him I didn’t think I could post it – at which point he invoked the Marital Veto. (The Marital Veto is a rarely used but handy rule in our house which goes as follows: if one party vehemently disagrees with an action that the other party is about to take, they can invoke the Marital Veto. We don’t vehemently disagree often, but it does come in handy from time to time. For instance, when the Southern husband wanted to have a six-foot in diameter version of the Yankees logo painted in the middle of our garage floor. Marital Veto!!)
And so, for those of you who have waited patiently through all this meandering, thank you, and here’s one of my favorite, favorite recipes – Mexican Meatloaf!