Individual meatloaves not only take the guesswork out of portion size, they cook quicker than a large loaf. Look for ground chipotle in the spice section of the market--it gives the glaze a hit of smoke and spice. Serve with roasted broccoli and brown rice tossed with cilantro. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012

David Bonom
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat four 8- to 12-ounce small baking dishes, such as mini loaf pans, with cooking spray and place on a rimmed baking sheet. (Alternatively, make freeform meatloaves and bake directly on the baking sheet.)

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  • Combine beef, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl; mix well. Divide the mixture into 4 even portions and place in the prepared baking dishes. Make a 1 1/2-inch-deep indentation with your finger down the length of each meatloaf. Stuff each with 2 tablespoons cheese and pinch the edges closed to seal.

  • Combine the remaining 4 tablespoons ketchup and chipotle in a bowl; spread over each loaf.

  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of a loaf registers 165 degrees F, 20 to 30 minutes.

Tips

Equipment: 4 mini loaf pans or a baking sheet

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; 17.1 g total fat; 7.2 g saturated fat; 148 mg cholesterol; 399 mg sodium. 465 mg potassium; 17.7 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 37.2 g protein; 636 IU vitamin a iu; 2 mg vitamin c; 14 mcg folate; 128 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 35 mg magnesium; 4 g added sugar;

Reviews (17)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2020
We have made these many times! Yummy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2017
The best part was the chipotle ketchup sauce. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2017
This was very good. I used jarred chipotle peppers and paste instead of the powder. So good even my daughter went back for seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2017
My family loved this! Only changes I made: Used ground turkey instead of beef and used chipotle in adobo instead of the ground chipotle powder. Next time will run the onion through the food processor to get them smaller so they'll be easier to shape. This is definitely going into the meatloaf rotation! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2017
Made it the way it said. Loved It Will make again for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2016
Too hot in south Texas for ovens right now. So I did this in the crockpot. Shaped ingredients into one pound loaf stuffed with cheese as instructed. For personal taste substituted the chipotle with a couple shakes of Tabasco and some dried Cilantro. Awesome! Cooked on low for about 5 hours checked with meat probe for temp. Keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2014
The besr meatloaf! This was the best meatloaf recipe I have come across. I used the hot Mexican chile powder and it had a nice kick. It was very moist and flavorful. Pros: flavorful quick delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2014
Mini meatloafs with a kick We made these in muffins tins as we did not have any mini-loaf pants and they were FANTASTIC. Plus they were the perfect serving size! Pros: easy tasty quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2014
Best Meatloaf Ever After making this one time & knew it was a keeper recipe. The flavor is amazing- I did tweak it a little and instead of doing a chipotle ketchup on top I did substituted BBQ sauce. I could use a little less chipotle seasoning next time as it did have a little more spice than I like. The sharp cheddar was excelling balance and it is something I'll incorporate regularly in the fall & winter Pros: easy delicious health-conscious quick Cons: little kick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2014
Really tasty! This was moist tender & delicious! I had enough ketchup for the loaf only so for the glaze I opened a can of chipotles in adobo sauce - chopped up 2 of the peppers from the can along with a couple tablespoons of the adobo sauce. It added more heat but that's perfect for me. I also mixed the meat just enough to combine all the ingredients so the meat didn't get tough. Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2013
Delicious! I've made this meatloaf once and it was definitely a keeper!! We cook it all the time my husband and I love it. We always make 2 small free-form loaves and comes out great every time. Once and a while it slightly crumbles but doesn't change the delicious-ness! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2013
Delicious! I've made this meatloaf one and it was definatly a keeper!! We cook it all the time! My husband and I love it. We always make 2 small free-form loaves and comes out great every time. Once and a while it slightly crumbles at the end but doesn't change the delicious-ness! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2012
Very tasty I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I took ideas from other recipes to accommodate what I had on stock. I used ground turkey meat. Diced up garlic and red & yellow peppers to add to the mixture. I didn't have cheddar cheese so I used mozzarella instead. I also used panko and added some fresh basil as well. To the chipotle mixture I added a tiny bit of maple syrup. I was very happy with the turn out and will definitely make again. Pros: Easy and quick for a week night meal Cons: N/A Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2012
Make this yummy recipe! I made this for dinner tonight for my husband & me. I used a little more of some of the spices because we like things on the hot side. My husband like the cheese surprise in the middle. I have one of those special meatloaf pans that has a rack so the drippings fall under the meatloaf itself and used that rather than the mini loaf pans and baked it with potatoes and a butternut squash so it took about an hour. I usually use oatmeal rather than the breadcrumbs but thought it was fine with the breadcrumbs. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2012
This recipe is awesome! My husband and I are trying to eat healthier but don't want to sacrifice taste. Portioning out the loaves makes it so much easier to control how much you eat and they taste great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2012
Amazing! This was my first time ever making meatloaf (and I really don't like meatloaf) but this turned out amazing! I made some changes: I didn't have an egg so I substituted 2 tbsp of mayo. I also didn't have any chili powder or ground chipotle pepper so I used some cayenne pepper. That really gave it a kick! I also threw in a little frozen spinach as well as some fresh garlic. I didn't have any mini-loaf pans so I had to bake this in a regular loaf pan. It unfortunately took way longer than I expected (almost 2 hours at 400 degrees) but that's also probably because of my paranoia of not cooking it long enough. It didn't really hold together well most likely because I didn't have an egg but the outsides were so crisp and yummy while the inside was so moist! I definitely will make this again probably with my substitutions (except for the egg). I've never written a recipe review so clearly I feel strongly about the great taste of this meatloaf! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2012
My family of three almost shed blood fighting for the fourth meatloaf! Read More