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.

David Bonom
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.)

  • 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.


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

382 calories; protein 37.2g; carbohydrates 17.7g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 7g; fat 17.1g; saturated fat 7.2g; cholesterol 147.6mg; vitamin a iu 636.2IU; vitamin c 1.5mg; folate 13.8mcg; calcium 127.6mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 34.7mg; potassium 465.3mg; sodium 399mg; added sugar 4g.

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
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: 5 stars
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: 5 stars
Made it the way it said. Loved It Will make again for sure. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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
Rating: 5 stars
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: 4 stars
My family of three almost shed blood fighting for the fourth meatloaf! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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: 5 stars
The best part was the chipotle ketchup sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We have made these many times! Yummy Read More