I happened upon this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks and thought I would try it. It quickly became a favorite in our house. It’s quick and easy to prepare and then you can put it in the oven and forget it while you clean up the kitchen for dinner time. I had never made a classic meatloaf before finding this recipe and I still haven’t since.

The ingredients are as follows:

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 Can Spanish Rice, Drained

1 Egg, Beaten

3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs or Cracker Crumbs (optional)

Salsa (optional)

This recipe is in this cookbook twice. The first time it appears in the cookbook, it is in the three ingredient section in which the crumbs and salsa are omitted. The second recipe is in the five ingredient section adding these two ingredients.

I had never heard of a can of Spanish rice before this recipe. Luckily, my local Dollar General sells the Clover Valley brand and that is what I use. I have however wanted to make this on occasions when I didn’t have a can in the pantry. So, if you don’t have a can or if you cannot find it at a local store, you can use the packages of Spanish rice. If you use this method, ensure that you make the rice early so it can cool before combining with your other ingredients.

Clover Valley Canned Spanish Rice from my local Dollar General.

Clover Valley Canned Spanish Rice from my local Dollar General.

To make the recipe is simple. Combine all the ingredients and mix by hand in a bowl, the way you would with a classic meatloaf. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased pan. Apparently I have decluttered my loaf pan so I just use a small glass pan. I also shape three separate loaves in order to cut cook time some. Once it’s shaped and placed in the pan bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. If you use my three loaf method, you can bake for 45 minutes instead.

Out of the oven and cut to ensure it is done in the center.

Out of the oven and cut to ensure it is done in the center.

Once the Spanish Meatloaf is finished in the oven, I cut the center loaf in half to ensure it is cooked through and there is no pink center at all. I then slice and plate the Spanish Meatloaf and serve with a side of mashed potatoes. My husband and son like to top theirs with salsa and my daughter and I eat it without salsa. Either way is delicious and this meal does not go to waste around here.

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Please let me know if you have tried this or if you plan to!