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Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves Recipe

Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 323 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 177 mg cholesterol, 581 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.