Mexican Meat Loaf Recipe
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Mexican Meat Loaf Recipe

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"I love to experiment with all kinds of recipes," relates Debra Jane Webb of Muskogee, Oklahoma. A dash of chili powder gives her meat loaf fun Mexican flavor that's complemented by zesty picante sauce poured over the top.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) picante sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 280 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 689 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 26 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef and mix well. Pat into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or a meat thermometer reaches 160°. Top with warm picante sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mexican Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p57

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"I added 1 cup of shredded cheese mixed in for added taste and texture. It did take longer than the original recipe. And added picante on top before cooking. Next time will cook at 375."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I followed the recipe exactly as written. We found the texture to me mushy compared to a traditional meat loaf and a traditional meat loaf is more flavorful in our opinion."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"I used ground turkey and crushed tortilla chips instead of the bread crumbs and omitted the salt & pepper.

Taco seasoning replaced the chili powder and I added a can of mild green chiles as well."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"My family loves this meatloaf recipe! Thank you for sharing!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"This is very simple and tasty. It took a little longer to bake than the recipe indicated, but overall this is a very good recipe."

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