Mini Chipotle Meatloaf

This has been one of those wild and crazy times in my life where I have had so many things happening at once that if I tried to concentrate on more than one thing at a time, I would go nuts! I think life will be settling back to normal in the next few days.

Yesterday I made a bunch of burger patties for a BBQ we were having to celebrate the lovely warm autumn weather. These are not just ordinary burgers, oh no, these are burgers from the half-steer that I purchased from my friend Teri's, "Friendly Farm". This was a cow that was treated with the utmost respect and care throughout its entire life. This cow was free-range-pastured on the loveliest, greenest hills Tehachapi has to offer. This cow NEVER EVER NOT ONE TIME received an injection of hormones or antibiotics. This was the purest steer, the purest beef, the purest flavored-locally-terriored-beef anyone anywhere could get their hands on! This steer was humanely slaughtered with as little panic and as little pain as one can inflict. I'm telling y'all...this cow had it good up to the very end, and even in the end it was given the respect it was due as a living thing that gave its life for another living thing's dinner.

Anyway...we had burgers on the grill. They were phenomenal. Believe it or not this post is not about the BBQ. Nope...It is about the leftovers. I had made 15 quarter-pound patties. My darling hubby only grilled ten of them. I made whole roasted portabello mushrooms for the people that didn't want beef. We have five uncooked patties left. 20oz. of the most amazing ground beef possible was now languishing in my fridge. What to do? What to do? I made mini-meatloaves! They were most yummy. Here is the recipe:

Mini-MexiCali Meatloaves
16-20oz. very lean ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 Chipotle in adobo sauce**
1 tsp. each smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, chili powder, dried oregano, onion powder
1 clove garlic crushed and minced
1 egg
1/4 cup shredded cheddar
Mix everything in a big bowl.

Spray 12 muffin tins with Pam. Divide the meatloaf mix between the Muffin tins and bake at 375F for about 20 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sides.

** Chipotle (pronounced CHEE-POTE-LAY):

A chipotle, or chilpotle, which comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoktli meaning "smoked chili pepper" is a smoke-dried jalapeño that tends to be brown and shriveled. It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American and Tex-Mex.
Varieties of jalapeño vary in size and heat. In Mexico, the jalapeño is also known as the cuaresmeño and gordo. Until recently, chipotles were largely found in the markets of central and southern Mexico. As Mexican food became more popular abroad, especially in North and South America in the late 20th century, jalapeño production and processing began to expand into northern Mexico to serve the southwestern United States, and eventually processing occurred in the United States and other places such as China.

The following are the chipotle benefits that may be derived from consuming this herb:
  • Chipotle may help prevent blood clots from occurring, thus enhancing protection from heart attack, strokes and other cardiovascular ailments.
  • Chipotle may help stave off certain cancers, such as those affecting the prostate.
  • Chipotle may help clear congestion and mucus blockages in the respiratory tract. It may thus prove useful during bouts with colds and cough.
  • Chipotle may help lower the risk of type-2 diabetes.
  • Chipotle may help fight inflammation.
  • Chipotle may help fight stomach ulcers and other intestinal diseases.

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