Skinny Mexican-Style Meatloaf Cupcakes





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These adorable dinner cupcakes have all the great flavors of Mexican food. The savory topping is a combination of a little guacamole, skinny ranch dressing and salsa. They are fantastically low in calories and fat. Each delectable cupcake has just 107 calories, 3 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time 40 minutes


Ingredients

1 pound extra lean ground beef (96%) or ground turkey, see shopping tips

1 cup onions, diced into small pieces

½ cup red bell pepper, diced into small pieces

½ cup corn (cut off the cob) or frozen and thawed

½ cup salsa, I love Pace Chunky Salsa (medium) or use your favorite

¼ cup cornmeal or 1 ounce (~⅓ cup) reduced-fat tortilla chips, crushed into crumbs, see shopping tips

1 egg, I like using Egg-Land’s Best eggs

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

½ cup salsa for topping the meatloaf before baking

 

Ingredients for Topping:

¼ cup mashed avocado, about ½ avocado

2 teaspoons salsa

Dash of salt and pepper

¼ cup salsa

2 tablespoons The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients) or fat-free sour cream

 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 12-cup, regular size muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine beef, onions, red bell pepper, corn, ½ cup salsa, cornmeal or crushed tortilla chips, egg, and a little salt and pepper. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

3. Divide meatloaf mixture into 10 muffin cups. Fill to top and level off.  I like to use a ⅓ cup measuring cup to fill each. Spread remaining ½ cup salsa evenly over the top of meatloaf muffins.  Add more, if desired.

4. Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Carefully remove with a spoon and place on paper towels to drain.

5. For topping: In a small bowl, mix together the mashed avocado, 2 teaspoons salsa, a little salt and pepper. Top each cupcake with 1 teaspoon guacamole and spread about ½ teaspoon salsa over the top. Drizzle each with about ½ teaspoon ranch dressing or sour cream.

Makes 10 meatloaf cupcakes


Healthy Benefits
Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef is a terrific, healthy choice. It has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 ounces. Free forming the loaf cuts the calories and fat down even further.

Salsa is actually a very healthy food. Thanks to the tomatoes, onions and chilies, it’s heart healthy and can help to prevent certain types of cancer. A ½-cup serving of salsa contains approximately 35 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 0 fat.

Shopping Tips

I used Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef. Most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef or use ground turkey, if desired.

You can use either cornmeal or crushed reduced-fat tortilla chips. There are several brands of baked tortilla chips in the supermarkets such as Guiltless Gourmet or Baked Tostitos Scoops.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2 

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 meatloaf cupcake including toppings
107 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat.fat, 42mg chol, 10g prot, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 323mg sod, 3g sugar