Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Dinner | February 17, 2018 | By

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey-chipotle glaze baked on top.

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Meatloaf doesn’t always have the best reputation. It’s been known to be greasy, dry, flavorless. The stuff that’s passed by in the cafeteria line and sometimes even at home. Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf is just the recipe to set all those outdated, preconceived notions about meatloaf aside. 

This meatloaf is perfectly seasoned with a slightly sweet and yes, boldly spicy glaze that with the magic of the baking process caramelizes ~ and as if that’s not enough to get you to the table on time, I added some grated sharp cheddar cheese, inside too.

My standard meatloaf is a classic recipe I’ve been making for years, smothered in mushroom gravy but the last couple of weeks I’ve been cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator before we leave on vacation, creating some new recipes with the ingredients I found.

A can of chipotle peppers in adobo was just what this Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf needed to take it to the next level. As comforting as its classic cousin, but with sass. Lots of sass.

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf isn’t just Tuesday night fare ~ though it can be ~ it’s simple, yet ridiculously good with just the right harmony of flavors all bound together with eggs and breadcrumbs. It’s so good, you may even want to entertain with it. I kid you not.

Tip: chipotle peppers pack some serious heat.  I used one pepper, but if you’re into lots of  fire, add another.  The rest can be frozen for another recipe.

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Glaze Ingredients:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 chipotle pepper finely minced plus one tablespoon of its adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce  

Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • ⅓ cup dry Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese grated (optional)

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees then in a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, honey, finely minced chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, cumin, cilantro and Worcestershire sauce then it set aside.

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In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, cilantro, breadcrumbs, milk, whisked egg, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and shredded cheese. Using your hands, gently work the mixture together until it’s well blended without overworking it.

Shape the meat into a loaf without packing it too tightly (packing the meatloaf too tightly dries it out) and place it in a baking dish.

If you have an actual meatloaf pan (I don’t) of course use it. I’ve always made meatloaf in a baking dish with sides (not a baking sheet) so when the meatloaf releases its juice, it has a place to go (other than your oven).

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Brush or pour the glaze over the top (sides too if you want!) and bake uncovered 35-40 minutes or until the meat is cooked through all the way. If you don’t use all the glaze on the meatloaf, simmer what’s left in a saucepan for 8-10 minutes and serve the side. 

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf  needs an equally fabulous side and my first choice is always potatoes. Of course, you don’t need potatoes (I can’t believe I just said that), maybe you like buttered noodles or a salad but when you bite into this meatloaf, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Leftovers? No problem. Slide a slice or two of  Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf  between two pieces of bread and eat your meatloaf sandwich cold ~ or warm it up in the microwave. There’s no wrong way.

Enjoy! 

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Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

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Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.
Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf

Easy, weeknight spicy glazed meatloaf. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chipotle meatloaf, spicy meatloaf
Servings: 3
Ingredients
Glaze Ingredients:
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 chipotle pepper finely minced plus one tablespoon of its adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Meatloaf Ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • cup dry italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese grated optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, honey, finely minced chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, cumin, cilantro and Worcestershire sauce then set aside.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, cilantro, breadcrumbs, milk, whisked egg, Worcestershire, cumin, salt, pepper and shredded cheese. Using your hands, combine until it’s well blended.

  3. Shape the meat into a loaf without packing it too tightly (packing the meatloaf too tightly dries it out) and place in the baking dish.

  4. Bake uncovered 35-40 minutes or until the meat is cooked through all the way.

  1. Mary
    February 20, 2018

    We love meatloaf….yours looks gorgeous! Health issues for my hubby makes spicy foods a no-no! I will be making this meatloaf with some small changes. Pinned. Have a safe trip! Chat soon!

    • Bernie
      February 24, 2018

      Thank you Mary! I get it though – spicy food is definitely not for everyone. I’d love to hear your favorite meatloaf recipe. There are so many options, right? Maybe that’s why so many people love it. Enjoy the weekend and let’s chat again soon.

  2. Lelefante
    February 25, 2018

    Bernie, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.

    • Bernie
      March 2, 2018

      Thank you! Stop by again soon.