Spicy Chipotle Meatloaf is the favorite comfort food dish you remember – with a kick! You’ll love the rich and spicy sauce that gets slathered over the top and served on the side for some extra goodness.
Ah, lovely meatloaf. It’s one of my favorite things that I rarely eat. You can imagine my surprise when my hubs recently suggested we make meatloaf. My response?
“Wait. What?” Then, “Okay!”
He had a great idea to incorporate a spicy chipotle flair to this traditional comfort food. And a great idea it was!
This isn’t for those who like their food bland. This is for those who love it with a little kick!
If you like the smoky chipotle flavor, try these Smoky Chicken Sandwiches with Chipotle Orange Pineapple Sauce. So good!
Honestly, I’ve probably only made real meatloaf a few times. I have, however, made the delicious vegetarian Rice and Lentil Loaf many times (so good – you’ve gotta try it).
Spicy Chipotle Meatloaf
I especially like leftover meatloaf cold, usually between two slices of bread. But with the leftovers we had of this Spicy Chipotle Meatloaf, I didn’t eat it cold like I usually would have. I enjoyed it reheated with a bit of extra sauce on the side.
If you like leftovers, be sure to check out my recipe for Leftover Spaghetti and Meatball Panini. A great way to revive a leftover dish.
So what gives this dish its spicy kick? Those flavorful, slightly fiery chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You’ve seen the cans on the shelf at the grocery store. Pick them up the next time to come across them! You never know what you can add them to.
I’m not sure this is the best dish for kiddos, since it is spicy, but the bigger folks will love it. We served it with green beans and mashed potatoes for a hearty meal.
What’s in the Sauce?
This is a simple sauce to make with only a handful of ingredients:
- Worcestershire sauce (Pronunciation lesson: The first part, “Worcester” is pronounced, “Wooster.” The last part, “shire,” is pronounced the way you say the last part of New Hampshire. Put it together: “Wooster-shire” or more crudely, wuss/ter/sure. Got it?)
- Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- Adobo sauce
That’s it. See how easy it is to build on a classic?
For the meatloaf itself, you’ll need:
- Ground beef
- Olive oil
- White onion
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper
- Chipotle in adobo sauce (and some of the sauce, too)
- Pepper Jack cheese
I’d like to give you a bit of a warning here: if you have food-safe disposable latex or plastic gloves, I’d wear them in order to mix the meatloaf and its ingredients. What? Yes! Why? Because you don’t want to touch the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce with your bare hands.
If you don’t have gloves, be sure to use a wooden spoon or another utensil to mix the goodies together.
It takes a short amount of time to mix the meatloaf and the sauce. While it takes about an hour for the meatloaf to cook, it’s worth the wait, for sure.
Serve Spicy Chipotle Meatloaf with a side of fresh veggies or a salad, and your favorite potato side dish. Are you ready for the spicy kick? I want to hear what you think!
Patricia Conte/Grab a Plate
Yields Serves 4-6
5 based on 9 review(s)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium white onion
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
- 2 eggs
- 4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
- Combine all ingredients, mix, and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Add parchment paper to the loaf pan so it overhangs slightly.
- Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the loaf pan and shape it so it’s slightly mounded, with rounded ends. The sides probably will not touch the short ends of the pan.
- Generously brush the sauce evenly over the top of the shaped meatloaf.
- Cook for about one hour.
- Remove from the oven. Use the overhanging edges of the parchment paper to transfer the meatloaf to a cutting board. Remove the paper.
- Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing.
- Serve warm with extra sauce on the side.