Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves Recipe
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Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves Recipe

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This is one of my favorite entrees for two. I found this tender meat loaf recipe in a supermarket’s cookbook almost 20 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. Sometimes I substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef or make extra loaves to freeze for later meals. –Lois Kinneberg, Phoenix, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup picante sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 323 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 177mg cholesterol, 581mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine the egg, 2 tablespoons picante sauce, oats, onion, chili powder and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two 4-in. x 2-in. loaves.
  2. Place in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Place the remaining picante sauce in a small microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour over meat loaves. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and microwave on high for 45 seconds or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p37

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Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"I have had many disasterous episodes making meatloaves. This by far, is the best recipe ever for that. I double the batch for a family of 4, bake it in the oven at 350 for 30 min, like a previous poster stated, and it comes out fabulous! Everyone loves it! It's definatly a regular in our house"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I was skeptical at first, not too sure about microwaved beef, however, this was fantabulous!! I made the first two in the micro and threw the rest in the oven, b/c i knew this wasnt going to work out. But the two in the microwave were awesome, I will definitely make these again!! OH and I followed the recipe exactly and they were done in exactly 6 minutes!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"I baked a double batch in the oven at 350 for 30 mins and it turned out great."

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"I made this recipe yesterday and it was so easy and tasted soooo good. I made severl to give to friends to make. will make this again and again. I see why it won a contest."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"Really don't like meat cooked in the microwave.

Could this be cooked in the oven?"

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