Cherry Chipotle Meat Loaf Cupcakes

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 12, 2014

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Say what? Meat loaf cupcakes?

Not to worry; we aren’t spreading frosting on meat. We’re simply using a cupcake baking pan to create the perfectly sized individual meat loaves. Eat one, eat two – whatever your appetite requires.

These are chock full of vegetables, and flavored with a brilliant condiment called Not Ketchup. We first met Not Ketchup, a fruit-based condiment (with no tomatoes, hence, “Not Ketchup”) last January, and have been using it on burgers, as a dipper for oven-fries, spread on bread for sandwiches, and to grill chicken.

Sometimes when I am standing at the sink eating a hard cooked egg, I pour a little Not Ketchup on it to jazz it up. (Please reassure me I am not the only person who stands at the sink eating a hard cooked egg!) 
Cherry Chipotle Meat Loaf Cupcakes | Not Ketchup comes in four flavors (featuring blueberry, cherry, date, fig). I used the Cherry Chipotle, my absolute favorite, for this recipe. You won’t go back to your regular ketchup or barbecue sauce, I promise.

Cherry Chipotle Meat Loaf Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 meat loaf cupcakes

Serving Size: 1-2 each

Savory individual meat loaves chock full of vegetables are baked in a cupcake tin to make perfect portions.


    Vegetable mixture
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1-2 celery stalks, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 (5-ounce) package sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 mini sweet bell peppers, stemmed, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • A few grinds black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic Paste (or 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced)
  • Meat Loaves
  • 1 pound organic ground grass-fed beef
  • 2/3-3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup
  • 1/2-2/3 cup minced Italian parsley


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make vegetable mixture: Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, peppers, oregano, thyme, basil, salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute or so. Turn heat off and remove pan from burner; set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Make meat loaf cupcakes: In a large mixing bowl, combine vegetable mixture, beef, bread crumbs, Dijon, egg, Not Ketchup, and parsley. Use hands to stir, or a wooden spoon, or do as I do and mix using a KitchenAid Mixer on low speed for 15-30 seconds.
  4. Lightly oil 12 muffin tins. Divide meat loaf mixture among 12 muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove pan from oven and cool for a couple of minutes.
  5. Serve extra Not Ketchup at the table if you like, so people can put another dollop on top if they want.
  6. Makes 12. Serve 1 or 2 meat loaf cupcakes per person, depending on appetites.


Vegetable note: You know those cut-up vegetable appetizer trays from the grocery store that have baby carrots, celery sticks, mini peppers, etc.? This is a great recipe to use up the leftovers after a party.

Recipe source: Adapted from Jeanette’s Healthy Living, who adapted it from Cooking Light

Cherry Chipotle Meat Loaf Cupcakes |

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie October 22, 2014 at 2:40 am

Good golly I love this recipe! I love the vegetable mixture and adding Not Ketchup is brilliant. I love the Cherry Chipotle and I know this must’ve made a fabulous meat loaf. And I do love the mini servings!


Dorothy Reinhold October 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Good golly Miss Jamie! Thank you!


Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought October 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I love the idea of using a left over veggie platter in your meatloaf, not to mention making them in a cupcake pan. And with Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup in them how could one go wrong? 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold October 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Truly, one cannot go wrong in using Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup. It is the cat’s meow!


Thalia @ butter and brioche October 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I have shockingly never made meatloaf before.. you definitely have inspired me to recreate your cute little meatloaf cupcakes. They look delicious.


Dorothy Reinhold October 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

That IS shocking! You must remedy. It is easy, and when you make them little they are cute, and you’ll find it easy to make meals around them.


Kelly @ TastingPage October 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

Love cherry chipotle Not Ketchup and love this new idea of what to do with it!


Dorothy Reinhold October 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Kelly!


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