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Mare Island Meatloaf

If you've read at least one paragraph of my blog before you should be able to surmise that I love me some meatloaf. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I'm also having a little bit of a chorizo moment. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before I combined the two..

Generally, there's two ways that a meatloaf can go south, one, if it becomes too dry or two, if it is just plain bland. The addition of chorizo combats both problems. Adding pork to other meat (especially ground turkey) is going to add more fat and in turn help make your dish juicer. And chorizo is packed with flavor so it's going to add depth to your loaf of meat.

So when Chase found himself stuck on a tug en route to Mare Island with a couple pounds of ground turkey and a package of chorizo, I came up with this recipe. He used ground turkey because that's what he likes, but you can also use ground beef or even ground chicken.


6 slices of bread

1 cup of milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion, minced

1 jalapeño, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 & 1/2 pound of ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken0

1/2 pound chorizo

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup of parmesan cheese

1/3 cup of parsley

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 & 1/2 cup ketchup

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

  2. Heat 2 olive oil in skillet and cook minced onions and jalapeños until beginning to soften. Add minced garlic and cook for additional 3 minutes. Let cool.

  3. Place the cooked onion mixture, ground beef, chorizo, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, cumin, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

  4. Mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain

  5. Add ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the meatloaf. Spread with a spoon.

  6. Bake for 55 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.



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