Spicy Meat Loaves Recipe
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Spicy Meat Loaves Recipe

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In Marion, North Carolina, Melanie Ellis puts a fun spin on meat loaf with her Southwestern specialty. She tops the taco-flavored single-serving loaves with zesty tomato sauce and shredded cheese before bringing them to the dinner table.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons onion mushroom soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce, divided
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 363 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 171mg cholesterol, 1094mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir in 3/4 cup tomato sauce. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six loaves.
  2. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top each with 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce (save remaining sauce for another use). Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Meat Loaves in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p61

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Lori Kostecki User ID: 5325664 35463
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"I enjoy this recipe. I've made it several times. I usually double or triple the recipe, then freeze the leftovers. Perfect to pull out of the freezer for the exact amount that you need."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 133329
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This may be good to some people depending on how you like to season things, but this was not my favorite meatloaf. I will be sticking with my little cheddar meatloaves. The flavor was lacking. Being that it says "spicy" I was thinking it would be spicy but what it should be called is SPICED. I was disappointed. Not one I would crave and want again."

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