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Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves

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


  • 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


  • 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 4x2-in. loaves.
  • Place in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 323 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 177mg cholesterol, 581mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Jun 29, 2017

    This was delicious! It turned out perfectly in the microwave. I used ground chuck. It was cooked through and not at all tough. By the way, I ate one loaf and saved the other for the next day. I reheated it in the microwave for 3 mins and again it was perfect.

  • jalawrence08
    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

  • Zach'sMom
    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!

  • conniekitchen
    Apr 26, 2010

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

  • conniekitchen
    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.

  • Lindalee9987
    Apr 25, 2010

    Really don't like meat cooked in the microwave.Could this be cooked in the oven?

  • hankmii
    Apr 24, 2010

    My bride of 46 years contacted pneumonia so I had to pitch in and make the diners for awhile. This was well enjoyed by my bride and myself and I will surely make it again. I would however add Garlic.

  • tkarinas
    Apr 22, 2010

    Cheese topped meat loaves are simple and easy to make and make an awesome simple dinner for our family. We tend to make these whenever we have all the ingredients and don't waste time making them too large. They're a keeper and going in my recipe box.