Are there any foods that you love beyond reason, things that you’ll find a way to work into recipes where they logically have no place? I certainly do, and this recipe combines most of them: corn bread, Mexican spices, ground beef and cheese. Here you make a flavorful meaty base that is kind of like meatloaf but saucier and spicier and held together with a cornmeal crust. Then you top the whole thing with melted cheese.
This recipe uses premade salsa for a perfect balance of tang and spiciness. Rice works as a binder. The soy sauce may seem like an odd addition, but it adds just the right balance of savory umami.
Pro tip: Serve this dish with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole to balance spiciness and enhance the Mexican flavor.