Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf Recipe

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Are you looking for an easy comfort food meal to make for your family? This meatloaf recipe is pretty simple and hearty. It makes enough to feed a crowd or to have leftovers for the next day. 

Meatloaf is actually an easy meal to make. Once you learn how to do it, you can quickly whip it together and pop it in the oven. It makes a nice Sunday dinner or weeknight meal that doesn’t require a lot of attention. 

This meatloaf recipe includes paprika, cumin and hot sauce to give it a nice, subtle spicy flavor. It is balanced with the sweetness of the sauce which includes balsamic and honey. 

In the recipe use the spices listed and season to your taste. A couple of large dashes of each is what I prefer. 

Serve this meatloaf with mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and a vegetable of your choice. Peas, corn or green beans go really nicely. 

The leftovers are great for a meatloaf sandwich.

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How to Make Spicy Meatloaf

It is really easy to make meatloaf. If you don’t like to get your hands dirty, just use a large spoon or spatula to mix the ingredients.

Watch the video below for the full details.

The key to spicy meatloaf is to add hot sauce plus the savory ingredients of smoked paprika and cumin to your meat mixture. We use homemade hot sauce made with habaneros and scorpion peppers so you know it’s hot.

Add all of the ingredients with the meat to a large bowl and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix or else your meatloaf will be tough.

Once you have everything mixed, put into a large glass pan or a loaf pan. Being that this one is so big it’s easier to shape in the pan by hand. Just make it tall and long.

Next step is to bake at 400 degrees. This higher temp gives your meatloaf a nicer browing on the top.

Enjoy this meat loaf with mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes, and a side of your favorite veggies. It goes really nicely with this recipe for sautéed asparagus and mushroom.

This family favorite comfort meal is hearty and actually pretty healthy as it contains all real food, clean eating ingredients.

Read on for the full recipe. Print it out for later and add it to your clean eating meal plan!

Easy Spicy Meatloaf Recipe (Gluten Free)

Easy Spicy Meatloaf Recipe (Gluten Free)

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

An easy sweet and spicy meatloaf recipe that makes a hearty meal for the whole family.


  • 2.5 lbs of Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • 4 Cloves of Fresh Garlic,
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Gluten free flour
  • Dash of Wine (optional)
  • Dash of Hot Sauce (optional)
  • For Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put 2.5 lbs of ground meat into a large bowl.
  3. Add all of the spices + 2 eggs + 2 tbsp of mustard + 1/4 cup ketchup.
  4. Next add the chopped Onion, Bell Pepper, 4 cloves of fresh Garlic and 2 tbsp of gluten free flour.
  5. Mix well with your hands or large spoon until combined.
  6. Place the mixture into a large pan and shape into a loaf.
  7. Put into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  8. While cooking make the sauce by combining ketchup + balsamic vinegar + honey in a small glass measuring cup.
  9. When timer goes off, carefully drain off any fat and grease before topping with the sauce. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.


For the seasoning, spice to your desire with the spices listed.

This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker. Cook for 4 hrs on HIGH. Add the sauce once cooked and continue cooking for additional 30 minutes on HIGH.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 41g

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More Recipes and Meal Planning Tips from Birth Eat Love

Looking for more family friendly recipes you can make with little effort? Check out my ebook – Healing Freezer Meals for Postpartum and Breastfeeding.  It includes 12 recipes that are breastfeeding friendly and can be made ahead, frozen and then cooked in the slow cooker.

This Super Simple Slow Cooker Fall Apart Roast Beef is a great recipe to make in the slow cooker. 

Want to learn a simple meal planning technique so you can have food on hand to make meals all week? Check out this post on Batch Cooking for Beginners.

Need a healthy, clean eating, done-for-you meal plan? This One Week Meal Plan is great for busy families. 

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