Smokin’ Chipotle Homestyle Meatloaf

Smokin' Chipotle Homestyle Meatloaf

Fall is finally here – the time of year when sweaters and jeans come out of the closet. Cooler mornings and evenings are a nice break from the Summer heat. And most of all, my craving for some homey comfort food is on the rise! When I think of classic comfort foods, Meatloaf is one of those meals that comes to mind. It reminds me of when I was a kid, when my Mom used to make it for dinner on a chilly night.

To spice things up a little bit, this recipe has a delicious smoky Chipotle glaze, with shallots and garlic, giving it a nice kick and a unique flavor. It goes great with a side of mashed potatoes and buttery corn or some roasted baby potatoes and root vegetables. You can make the glaze ahead of time, and even make a little extra to use as a barbeque glaze on chicken, beef or pork dishes. You might even want to experiment with a mixture of ground veal, pork and beef to give it more flavor – but this recipe works with ground beef because the Chipotle sauce gives it such a great flavor. Great with a dash of hot sauce too if you like it spicier!



¼ c Chipotle Sauce (Tavern on the Green)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp ketchup
2 tbsp light brown sugar


2 lbs ground beef
3 shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
2 large eggs, whisked
1 tsp ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 c breadcrumbs or ground whole wheat cereal (Chex or Fiber One)
1 1/2 tsp Paula Deen House seasoning (salt, pepper, onion, garlic powder)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Preheat a small sauté pan over medium heat.

In a small bowl, mix together glaze ingredients and set aside.

Chop shallots and garlic. Melt 2 tbsp butter in sauté pan. Cook shallots for about 5 minutes until lightly golden brown and soft. Lower sauté pan heat to low, add chopped garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce,  breadcrumbs (or cereal), Paula Deen House seasoning; add onions and garlic. Mix well and place mixture in a baking pan coated with cooking spray, forming a loaf. (You can also place the mixture in a loaf pan if you want a perfect rectangular shaped meatloaf).

Brush glaze over meatloaf and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush additional glaze over meatloaf; cook another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let meatloaf rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve. Add additional glaze on top before serving if desired.

Serves 8.

Other Meatloaf Recipes you may enjoy:

Aretha Franklin’s Holiday Meatloaf
Alton Brown’s Good Eats Meatloaf
Recipe Girl’s Turkey Meatloaf
Simply Recipes Classic Meatloaf
Kalyn’s Kitchen Best Meatloaf Recipe
Bobby Flay’s Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

A Comfort Food for the Fall Season

Jalapeno-Cheddar Meatloaf with French Market Tomato Gravy

I created this dish last year when it was a cold and rainy Sunday evening last November.

It was an attempt to warm my bones and fill my belly with something comforting and delicious, that reminded me of home. I took a few recipes and adapted them into my own mish mosh recipe, and it turned out absolutely delicious – with just the right amount of spice in the meatloaf and creamy tomatoey gravy to satisfy, along with some buttery mashed potatoes and sauteed zucchini in garlic and olive oil on the side. A glass of red wine to top it off and voila! I was as snug as a bug in a rug on that cold rainy November night. Hope you enjoy…

Jalapeno-Cheddar Meatloaf

Serves 4

1 lb Ground Sirloin (90% lean)
1/2 c. Panko Breadcrumbs
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1/2 zucchini, chopped fine
1 tbsp garlic, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, chopped fine (6-8 slices)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. whole milk
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbs ketchup
1/2 tbs mustard powder
1/2 tbs cayenne pepper
1 tbs Dales Steak Sauce (soy sauce/garlic marinade)
Dash of spicy Montreal Steak seasoning
Black Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute the chopped onion, garlic and
zucchini in olive oil over moderate heat, stirring, 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together, sprinkle spicy
Montreal seasoning on top, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees
uncovered. Let sit for 5-10 mins before serving.

Serve with Tomato Gravy (recipe below) and sauteed zucchini
and garlic in olive oil and mashed potatoes.

French Market Tomato Gravy

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/3 c. beef broth
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Dash of spicy Montreal Steak seasoning

Melt butter in small saucepan; whisk in flour and cook, whisking
constantly for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth and tomato sauce;
reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Whisk in salt and pepper and
dash of steak seasoning.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living.



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