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Chorizo Mini Meatloaves

This recipe for Chorizo Mini Meatloaves is shared by Megan Keatley of Health-Bent. You probably recall that Megan’s shared quite a few fantastic recipes with us Food Renegades in the past, including these Grain-Free Cheesecake Swirl Brownies. Megan has been out of the kitchen and off the internet for a few months while moving to a new house and working on her dream kitchen remodel, so she hasn’t shared a recipe here in a while. Thankfully, though, she’s settled nicely into her new pad and is back to regularly contributing Paleo recipes to the Health-Bent site. So, if you’ve missed her here (or there), go check out her latest recipes. Thank you, Megan, for the recipe!

Meatloaf just takes too long. It’s pretty inexpensive and definitely wholesome, but sometimes the 1+ hour cook time makes it seem like you’re making Sunday supper and not a quick weeknight dinner. So, how do we fix that? Bake the meatloaf mixture in muffin tins instead of a giant loaf pan. Shake up the traditional meatloaf ingredients a little bit, and you’ve got a weeknight meal that packs great flavor and is ready to hit the table in less than an hour.

Chorizo Mini Meatloaves with Chipotle, Tomato Relish

Yield: ~18 mini loaves

The Players

For the Meatloaves

For the Sauce

The How-To
Preheat your oven to 350F.

Saute the onion and garlic in tallow, until translucent. Place 1/2 the onion/garlic mixture in a large mixing bowl and the other half in the smallest bowl of your food processor.

In that same large mixing bowl that you just added the onion and garlic to, add and mix together the chorizo, ground beef, eggs, adobo sauce and almond flour. Your hands will do the best job of incorporating the mixture, so don’t even bother trying with a utensil. Get out 2 normal sized muffin tins. Dollop the meatloaf mixture into the muffin tins, filling them up about 3/4 of the way. If you fill them to the brim, the rendered fat will spill over and make a terrible mess in your oven. Place the tins in the oven and bake until you see rendered fat in each muffin tin, along with a slightly browned, crusty bottom on each loaf, about 25 minutes.

While the meatloaves are baking…

To the saute pan, add the tomatoes. Let them cook until the skin starts to blister and blacken and you see them pop open. Add the tomatoes, along with the chipotle pepper, olive oil and some salt to the food processor (Where the onions and garlic have been patiently waiting for you.) and pulse until a nice saucy consistency forms. If the sauce is too wet for your liking, you can pour the contents into the saute pan and let it simmer down until some of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the cilantro.

Garnish the meatloaves with a spoonful of relish, sliced avocado, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of fresh lime.

(photo by Megan Keatley)

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24 Responses to Chorizo Mini Meatloaves
  1. Sue Smith via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    Gosh, this sounds delightful! I just made a meatloaf on Sunday and added chipotle to it, and my kids ate it all within 4 hours. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  2. Food Renegade via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    @Sue — You’re welcome! The good thing about these mini-loaves is that meatloaf no longer has to be a “Sunday” recipe. Even the busiest of us can squeeze these out for a weeknight dinner.

  3. Sue Smith via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    I see! I also think making these and freezing them for an evening in which we are rushed or tired would be great. :D

  4. Bryan Galante via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Try this on in the little cupcake pans :)

  5. Bryan Galante via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Tasty Maple Garlic Ginger Turkey Loaf
    1 lb ground turkey
    2 eggs
    Parmesan Cheese
    Cheddar Cheese
    Mozzarella Cheese
    Worcestershire Sauce (thats a tough word!… sauce!)
    Ground Garlic
    Ground Ginger
    In a bowl, place the turkey and crack the two eggs, put a thin layer of Worcestershire Sauce on top, a thick later of garlic and ginger, cover with the three cheeses and mix
    Place in a deep dish bread pan (I like the glass ones)
    Bake at 375 for 1 hour

  6. Vincent DiClaudio Lobascio via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    did you mean to call them “meatloves” or “meatloaves”? lol

  7. Food Renegade via Facebook
    September 8, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    @Vincent — :) Probably both! It’s rare that a typo is so perfectly Freudian.

  8. I caught that too-cute :)

  9. Melissa
    September 12, 2011 | 9:58 pm

    Just made these for dinner – amazing. I don’t like things very spicy though, so will probably do 1/2 a pepper when I make the sauce again :). Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lindsay
    September 13, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    Do you get the chorizo from a butcher or local supplier? All the chorizo I see at the store has trans-fat and some questionable ingredients.

  11. Alta
    September 13, 2011 | 11:22 pm

    @Lindsay – Whole Foods has fresh chorizo in their meat market. I’d love to find a local organic, grass-fed meat supplier that processes some of their beef into chorizo, but Whole Foods at least has honest ingredients.
    And these are definitely something I must make soon!

  12. Patty Pittman
    September 14, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Just made it and it was AWESOME!

  13. Christie
    September 16, 2011 | 9:40 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. West Wind Farms has a delightful organic USDA grassfed top notch chorizo. I plan to pick some up along with ground beef this Saturday at the Brookhaven Market. May I share this recipe?

  14. Molly
    September 16, 2011 | 10:21 am

    I just made these for my husbands birthday dinner and they were really good. He loves meatloaf but I don’t as much. But this variation is good. I will make this again for sure.

  15. organic meat winnipeg
    September 16, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    This looks delicious.

  16. jgandb
    September 19, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    I just made the chorizo mini meatloaves & served them with cauliflower “mashed potatoes”

    They are fantastic…This recipe is a total keeper…Thank you so much for sharing it

    I did adapt the sauce to what I had on hand…Roma tomatoes instead of cherry, and italian parsley instead of cilantro…and i did add one chopped fresh jalapeno to the onion & garlic saute…but hey, any real cook is always gonna snootch a recipe to fit the pantry

    Again, thanks so much for sharing this

    • KristenM
      September 19, 2011 | 1:42 pm

      Personally, I prefer mashed turnips to mashed cauliflower. So yummy!

  17. Virginia G
    September 20, 2011 | 7:29 am

    I made this last night with some ground bison that I got on sale and some fresh chorizo from Sprouts. They turned out great, although I don’t taste the chorizo as much as I would like. It will be nice to freeze them and have them for breakfast all week. Thanks!

  18. Martha L.
    October 6, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    Made these tonight with grassfed beef from a local farmer and grassfed beef chorizo from the Farmer’s Market. Instead of cherry tomatoes I used locally grown heirloom tomatoes that I had on hand, and I pan roasted them before processing. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly as written. Wow! These are wonderful and the sauce is fantastic!! I will definitely be making these again. . . they’re going into my rotation of go-to foods that I prepare over & over. Thank you!!!

  19. all natural meat winnipeg
    October 30, 2011 | 11:25 am

    We need more education on the benefits of saturated fats and stop letting the food industry control what we learn.

  20. Rachel @ the minimalist mom
    November 2, 2011 | 3:51 am

    These were excellent. I didn’t have a muffin tin handy so formed into little slider size burgers and put them on a sheet. Didn’t have time to make the sauce so just served with a bit of chopped avocado and hot sauce.

    They were so good my two year old swiped the leftovers off the counter without my noticing. Came out to find him playing in our living room and munching on a mini meatloaf :)

  21. L
    January 24, 2012 | 1:57 pm


    what type of chorizo did you use? beef or pork

    thank you

  22. Shannan
    February 11, 2012 | 2:08 am

    We can’t use almond flour. Would you by chance know how to sub with coconut flour?

  23. Dave P
    February 13, 2013 | 7:59 pm

    Great recipe. I make the same for my kids but make it in a two piece meatloaf pan so the grease drains out and then I wrap it with bacon before I put it in the pan. The kids love it.

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