My husband and I like spicy things. He, spicy food, and me spicy men. (Ha! He’d kill me if he heard me say that…) So I decided to make a meatloaf with some great spices to liven up our menu. I had seen a recipe like this in Bon Appetit, where this recipe is used for a party appetizer in the form of meatballs. I decided to make it a meatloaf. This recipe uses chipotle peppers, which are dried, smoked jalapenos. I always think that green jalapenos aren’t very spicy, but these dried ones really have a kick. I used ground turkey and turkey bacon instead of the meats listed below as well as double the chipotles, because we love spicy. (Did I tell you I love spicy?)

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 6 bacon slices, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded canned chipotles in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb ground veal
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. Stir together milk and bread crumbs in a large bowl.
  2. Cook bacon in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
  3. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp fat from skillet, then cook onion, garlic, chipotles, cumin, and oregano in skillet, stirring, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add water and cook, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until water has evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir into bread crumb mixture, then add ground meats, egg, parsley, bacon, and 1 tsp salt and mix well with your hands.
  4. Place mixture in meatloaf pan.
  5. Bake on 350 for an hour and fifteen minutes.

I like to serve this with chipotle aioli, which is super easy to make. Just 1/3 cup of mayo, a few cloves of garlic, salt and one chipotle pepper, de-seeded. Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Season to taste, adding more garlic or salt as you see fit. This dip is also great for french fries and the like…