22 Creative Meatloaf Recipes for a Cozy Weeknight Dinner

Mexican Taco Meatloaf

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Mexican Taco Meatloaf
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Comfort Food Reboot

So many people grew up eating homemade meatloaf that it's become a favorite comfort food. Everyone has their go-to recipe, maybe passed down from their dad or grandma, that brings back memories of home. But sometimes change is good, and that is the time for unique and non-traditional recipes. When you're in the mood for a comforting but exciting meal, try one of these creative meatloaf recipes. 

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Ultimate Enchilada Meatloaf
Stacey Little from Southern Bite

Ultimate Enchilada Meatloaf

Enchiladas can be complicated to put together, but this meatloaf version is easy. Crushed tortilla chips act as filler to give it a hint of corn tortilla flavor, and canned enchilada sauce adds moisture inside and out. A packet of taco seasoning and canned green chiles are simple, flavor-packed additions.

Recipe: Southern Bite

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Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf
Dinner Then Dessert

Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf

If you love Philly cheesesteaks but are avoiding carbs, this cheesesteak meatloaf is for you. Onions, green bell peppers, and mushrooms are mixed into the ground beef so you get cheesesteak toppings in every bite. A layer of provolone cheese in the middle stays nice and gooey, while a topping of more cheese gets nice and browned. 

Recipe: Dinner Then Dessert 

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Mexican Taco Meatloaf
The Real Simple Good Life

Mexican Taco Meatloaf

This simple recipe combines taco flavor with a simple meatloaf recipe. A homemade seasoning mix with chili powder, cumin, garlic, and paprika give the dish a robust, Tex-Mex flavor, while jarred salsa makes an easy glaze on top. Serve it with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, avocado, and lime for a fun change of pace.

Recipe: The Real Simple Good Life

Lasagna Stuffed Meatloaf
Brianne Izzo from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Lasagna Stuffed Meatloaf

Lasagna is a family favorite, but it's a lot of work. You can get the same lasagna flavor in a faster, easier meatloaf. The beef is seasoned with onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning — or season it like your favorite meatballs — and then stuffed with lots of ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Serve it with pasta and marinara sauce for a full lasagna experience. 

Recipe: Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Glazed Chipotle Meatloaf
The Chunky Chef

Glazed Chipotle Meatloaf

This Tex-Mex recipe is full of chipotle chiles, giving it smoky, rich depth and a spicy bite. Cilantro, chili powder, and cumin add familiar flavors. The glaze is made with the adobo sauce the chipotles are canned in, giving the loaf a kick inside and out. 

Recipe: The Chunky Chef

Italian Chicken Meatloaf
Jessica Formicola from Savory Experiments

Italian Chicken Meatloaf

Turkey is a common substitute for beef in meatloaf recipes, but what about chicken? This uncomplicated recipe that's reminiscent of chicken parmigiana will show you why you should use more ground chicken in your cooking. A generous amount of parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic flavor the loaf, which is glazed with tomato sauce. A layer of mozzarella on top would be amazing.

Recipe: Savory Experiments

French Onion Meatloaf
Jessica Formicola from Savory Experiments

French Onion Meatloaf

Onion lovers need to try this recipe, which is packed with the vegetable in many forms. A packet of onion soup mix is a classic shortcut, but there's also caramelized onions in the meat mixture to bump up the onion flavor. But the best part is the creamy onion gravy that goes over the top, made with Worcestershire sauce and even more caramelized onions

Recipe: Savory Experiments

Meatloaf baked in Tomato Sauce

Italian Spiral Meatloaf

Pizza is everyone's favorite meal, so why not combine it with meatloaf? Garlic, Italian sausage, and oregano flavor the meatloaf mix, with a glaze of pizza sauce on top. When you cut into it, you'll reveal a spiral of ham, mushrooms, and cheese that make this loaf feel really special. 

Recipe: Taste of Home 

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Meat Loaf Sandwich

Meatloaf Sandwich

Meatloaf sandwiches with leftover slices straight from the fridge are sometimes better than the first go-around, so why not just make meatloaf sandwiches the first time? This recipe includes apple butter in the meat mix for a sweet, rich backbone. It's also used in a sweet and tangy barbecue-like sauce that gets spread on the sandwiches, bringing all the flavors together. 

Recipe: Sugar Dish Me

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Korean fried chicken wings sprinkled with sesame and spring-onion on wood plate. Korean barbecue chicken wing delicious,moist and spicy. Close up on fried chicken wings in Korean style on wood table.

Korean Meatloaf with Korean BBQ Glaze

Asian-inspired meatloaves aren't common, but they can be really satisfying and surprising. This Korean version includes gochujang in the meat mixture, a savory, fermented, red-chile paste, along with soy sauce, ginger, and sesame seeds. The brown glaze is sticky, sweet, and savory, made with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and rice vinegar. 

Recipe: The Stay at Home Chef

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Cheez-It Meatloaf

This dead simple recipe only has five ingredients, making it perfect for weeknights. Onion soup mix is a classic seasoning for the beef, which then gets dressed up with crushed Cheez-It crackers. They act as the filler in this recipe, keeping the loaf moist and tender while adding that distinct cheesy flavor. A sprinkle of sharp cheddar is the only topping, keeping cheese the star of this loaf.

Recipe: Delish

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Two of America's favorite ground beef dishes — burgers and meatloaf — come together in this one recipe for bacon cheeseburger meatloaf. Ketchup and chopped pickles are added to the meat mixture, and a layer of cheddar cheese stays gooey in the middle of the loaf. Wrapping the beef in bacon slices is always a crowd pleaser.

Recipe: Pillsbury

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Meatloaf Cordon Bleu

The simple meat mixture in this recipe is made with a package of meatloaf seasoning, breadcrumbs, and tomato sauce for a little twist. But the real good stuff happens in the stuffing, which includes lots of sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and mushrooms. If you prefer to use fresh mushrooms, sauté them to remove the moisture before using them in the loaf.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Meat roll, meatloaf, minced beef with vegetables, olives

Veggie Stuffed Meatloaf

There's no reason you can't pack a bunch of healthy vegetables in your meatloaf for extra nutrition. This pork-and-beef-blend loaf is stuffed with a layer of spinach, red onions, and cheese, plus fresh tomatoes (and more cheese) on top. You can also add any veggies you have lying around, like zucchini, mushrooms, or even eggplant.

Recipe: It's Yummi

Steak-Lover's Meatloaf

BBQ Glazed Meatloaf

A robust and smoky meatloaf is easy to make using bottled barbecue sauce. Some is mixed into the meat in this recipe — along with Worcestershire, garlic, and Parmesan — and some is brushed on top as a glaze. Even people who don't usually like meatloaf find it hard to resist a barbecue version.

Recipe: Sweet Baby Ray's

meatloaf with boiled eggs

Greek Meatloaf Stuffed with Eggs

Greek meatloaf, also known as rolo kima, has hard boiled eggs in the middle of it which are revealed when you slice it for a surprise presentation. The beef-and-pork mixture is seasoned with a unique blend of onions, garlic, grated fresh tomato, and allspice. Potatoes are cooked in the same pan as the meatloaf, making this an all-in-one meal. 

Recipe: My Greek Dish 

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Preparing Sicilian Style Rolled Meatloaf with Deli Ham, Basil and Mozzarella

Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey is a great alternative to beef if you're watching your fat intake, but it can dry out more easily. The trick to keeping it moist in this recipe is using plenty of finely-chopped mushrooms in the mix, which lend a lot of their own liquid. A spiral of fresh spinach and cheese makes a lovely presentation. 

Recipe: Skinny Taste

Meatloaf Baked In Tomato Sauce

French Market Meatloaf

Though it's called French Market meatloaf, this recipe might be more accurately described as Cajun meatloaf. Diced Cajun sausages, onions, bell pepper, thyme, and oregano, all classic Cajun ingredients, flavor the ground beef. A simple tomato-and-beef broth gravy is served on top, but a ketchup-based glaze with some paprika and cayenne would be a simpler alternative. 

Recipe: My Recipes

Meat loaf with barbecue sauce on the wooden board

Buffalo Blue Cheese Meatloaf

Buffalo sauce is an easy, spicy way to add a bunch of flavor to anything. Add some to your ground beef along with chopped onions and oregano for a simple meatloaf mix. More wing sauce and some crumbled blue cheese on top punch up the Buffalo flavors. Kids would love this one with celery sticks and a drizzle of ranch.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

This may be the most decadent, over-the-top meatloaf you've ever made. Premade macaroni and cheese is stuffed into a traditionally-seasoned meatloaf, so that when you cut it, the mac and cheese oozes out. Though shaping the loaf so everything is contained can be a little complicated, it's worth it for the oohs and ahhs you'll get when you cut it. 

Recipe: I Wash You Dry 

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Minced Meat Loaf Closeup
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Mediterranean Meatloaf

This Mediterranean meatloaf recipe is healthy and unique. The ground turkey loaf has all kinds of mix-ins: roasted red peppers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and fresh dill and parsley. Instead of a glaze on top, this one gets a big dollop of homemade tzatziki sauce, full of refreshing cucumbers, lemon, and dill. 

Recipe: Recipe Runner

Sicilian Style Rolled Meatloaf with Deli Ham, Basil and Mozzarella

Southwestern Meatloaf

Southwestern flavors lend themselves to all kinds of dishes, including meatloaf. Panko breadcrumbs act as the filler, and barbecue sauce adds heat to the beef. Green onions and sour cream add a burst of Mexican flair. 

Recipe: Food Network