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Pepper Jack Meat Loaf

For a simple yet sensational dinner, try this recipe. This is a quick way to put a zesty twist on a traditional main dish.—Debra Hartze, Zeeland, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) pepper jack cheese, divided
  • 1 cup salsa, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press half of the beef mixture onto the bottom and halfway up the sides of a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese over meat to within 1/2 in. of sides. Pat remaining beef mixture over cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 331 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • Iroc111
    Oct 6, 2015

    Mmmm delish! After I read the reviews, I added an extra egg....c'est magnifique!

  • gunslinger
    Sep 8, 2014

    Very good, the pepper jack cheese gave it a great flavor. I also topped it with a little salsa for extra flavor.

  • rwu612
    Aug 14, 2013

    I found this recipe in my Taste of Home magazine 9 years ago. I just love it and my little girl even loves it! Very flavorful and easy to make. It's a keeper for sure!

  • suecasati
    Jun 10, 2011

    the first time I made this I thought it was a litttle dry so the next time I only used a half of a cup of breadcrumbs and added a half of a cup of salsa to the meat mixture. Big improvement in taste and texture

  • HeidiLSB
    Feb 10, 2010