5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate.  This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers is a variation on my classic 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf, which is my most popular recipe!  This version adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It’s incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A true family favorite and so great for Kickstarting Meal Planning as the ingredients can always be on hand.  

 

 

This recipe is great because celebrates my journey back to meatloaf!  While I grew up with Meatloaf in the midwest, I lost my way when I moved to NYC in my 20’s, thinking it was no longer cool to make meatloaf.  But I am so happy to say that I found my way back and here I am making not only meatloaf, but making variations on meatloaf and publishing for others!  What I have learned?  Comfort food is comforting!  And you can never go wrong with an easy and delicious meatloaf.  So, why not have variations of a good thing, you ask?  Well, I said the same thing!

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf bite on fork and sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEXICAN MEATLOAF COOKING KIT

Line a 9-inch loaf pan with foil to make it easy to remove the meatloaf and for easy clean up.

In a mini food processor, add 1/4 cup ketchup and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Blend until smooth.  Then add the egg and pulse until blended/combined.

Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup blended in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ketchup/chipotle mixture, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.  Mix to combine. Note: it will seem a bit wet, but that is just right.

Blended chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in bowl with ground beef, salt, and pepper for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

All ingredients in bowl with cheddar cheese and ground beef for Chipotle Meatloaf.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf mixed in bowl next to foil lined pan. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Transfer the mexican meatloaf mix to the loaf pan lined with foil. Form it into a loaf shape. Then top with the remaining 1/3 cup ketchup.

COOK YOUR MEXICAN MEATLOAF

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.

When you take it out, let it rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices soak back into the meat.

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
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5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers

This 5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Beef, chipotle, meatloaf, mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Meat Raised without antibiotics preferred
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup to mix with meatloaf
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup For Top of Meatloaf
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers Adobo Sauce Note, this will add medium heat. Reduce to 1 for mild and up to 3 for hot!
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Line a loaf pan with foil to make it easy to remove the meatloaf and for easy clean up.

  2. In a mini food processor, add 1/4 cup ketchup and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  Blend until smooth.

    Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  3. Next, add the egg to the mini processor and pulse until blended/combined.

    Chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  4. To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ketchup/chipotle mixture, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.

    All ingredients in bowl with cheddar cheese and ground beef for Chipotle Meatloaf.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  5. Mix to combine.  Note: it will seem a bit wet, but that is just right.

    5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf mixed in bowl next to foil lined pan. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  6. Transfer the meatloaf mix to the loaf pan lined with foil.  Form it into a loaf shape.  Then top with the remaining 1/3 cup ketchup. 

  7. Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.  That's it!  When you take it out, let it rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices soak back into the meat.

  8. Slice, serve, Enjoy!

    5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Recipe Notes

For the chipotle peppers, these will definitely add heat!  So, be sure to regulate to what you think your family can take.  If you are a mixed family with kids wanting mild and adults wanting medium heat, then reduce down to 1 chipotle pepper or even just 1 tbls of the adobo sauce and eliminate the peppers.  Then simply make some extra ketchup topping for part of the meatloaf where you add some additional chipotle peppers.

Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
Roasted Tofu Croutons on spinach salad in bowl with croutons on pan in background.  These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty, smoky seasoned crust and a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein! 

Tofu bites were an absolute favorite for my girls when they were little.  They are the perfect little soft bites for toddlers and kids!

 

 

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roasted Tofu Croutons: Awesome Alternative to Bread!

These are wonderful alternatives to bread croutons, as they are low carb, gluten free and packed with health benefits.  Tofu is low in calories and is an excellent source of iron and calcium.  It is a complete protein as well, meaning that it includes all essential amino acids.  To learn more about all of the health benefits of tofu, check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.com.

Want more Tofu?  Try this AMAZING Ginger Teriyaki Tofu Noodles recipe.

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR ROASTED TOFU CROUTONS COOKING KIT

You are busy during the week, so these are the steps that you can do in advance so dinner is prepped and you just need to cook it!

There are really only 3 simple steps to this recipe: 1) Prep the Tofu 2) Make the Spice Mixture, then 3) Spice up the Tofu and Cook it! 

Steps 1 & 2 can be done ahead.  Actually, the tofu can be cooked ahead and reheated too! 

Open the tofu package and drain out the water. Then place on a cutting board and start to slice it into bite-size rectangle or square pieces. I do this by first making 5 slices across the length of the tofu block.  Then slice them all in half, so you have 10 tofu ‘sticks’.  Finally, slice each stick into bite-size pieces. I usually slice across this last time 5-6 times, yielding 50-60 pieces.

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu into pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Place all pieces in a single layer on paper towel in a large casserole dish. Then cover with more paper towel and pat to soak up the moisture. Let the tofu pieces sit on the paper towel for at least 1 hour to soak up the moisture. If you are able to, change out the paper towel and let soak on new paper towel for another hour.

Extra Firm Tofu pieces on paper towel for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Hand pressing on paper towel over tofu pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Make the spice mixture by adding all seasonings/spices to a small mixing bowl. For this recipe, I love to use paprika (I love hot hungarian vs. smoked), ground coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt.  You can certainly use your favorite seasonings.  Then mix to combine.

Spices in bowl for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

COOK YOUR ROASTED TOFU CROUTONS

Spray or brush olive oil on the pan.  I love to use the Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer for coating pans with olive oil  because a little goes a long way and it’s non-aerosol (no toxins or propellants) and is so easy to pump, then spray.

Hand spraying pan with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Then add the tofu and spray the top with olive oil or drizzle oil over top and toss with fingers to coat.

Sprinkle the spice mixture over top and then toss to coat. Sprinkle more as needed until all sides are spiced.

Hand spraying tofu pieces with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Seasoned tofu pieces on pan for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove and flip each piece over and roast for another 10 minutes.

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

That’s it! Serve over salad, pasta, rice, soup, or just snack on alone!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Roasted Tofu Croutons on spinach salad in bowl. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
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Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons

Roasted Tofu Croutons are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword meat alternative, salad, tofu, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 14 oz Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika I used Hot Hungarian
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander

Instructions

Prepare Tofu

  1. Open the tofu package and drain out the water.  Then place on a cutting board and start to slice it into bite-size rectangle or square pieces.  I do this by first making 5 slices across the length of the tofu block.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  2. Next, turn the slices on their side so you can slice them all in half, so you have 10 tofu 'sticks'.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  3. Finally, slice each stick into bite-size pieces.  I usually slice across this last time 5-6 times, yielding 50-60 pieces.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu into pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  4. Place all pieces in a single layer on paper towel in a large casserole dish.  Then cover with more paper towel and pat to soak up the moisture.  Let the tofu pieces sit on the paper towel for at least 1 hour to soak up the moisture.  If you are able to, change out the paper towel and let soak on new paper towel for another hour.

    Hand pressing on paper towel over tofu pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Spice the Tofu Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Make the spice mixture by adding all seasonings/spices to a small mixing bowl.  Then mix to combine.

    Spices in bowl for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  3. Spray or brush olive oil on the pan.  Then add the tofu and spray the top with olive oil or drizzle oil over top and toss with fingers to coat.   

    Hand spraying tofu pieces with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  4. Sprinkle the spice mixture over top and then toss to coat.  Sprinkle more as needed until all sides are spiced.

    Seasoned tofu pieces on pan for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  5. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.  Then remove and flip each piece over and roast for another 10 minutes.

    Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  6. That's it!  Serve over salad, pasta, rice, soup, or just snack on alone!

Recipe Notes

Note, this Spice recipe likely makes more than you need, so save it for seasoning chicken or steak or hamburgers or mac n cheese or veggies!

The serving size is based on approximately 8-10 pieces per person.