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Easy Recipe: Mini Mexi-Meatloaves

Posted By Charissa Talbot On April 3, 2013 @ 7:29 AM In 21-Day Sugar Detox,Beef, Pork & Lamb,Easy Recipes,Featured,grass-fed meat,make-ahead recipes,paleo recipe | 18 Comments

Meatloaf is a great way to take your basic ground meat and turn it into something delicious. After completing the recipes for Practical Paleo, I was almost shocked to look back and realize I didn’t include a meatloaf recipe, so this one will be featured in my next book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox (due out this fall – available for pre-order here). 

mini mexi-meatloaves

grain-free • gluten-free • dairy-free • sugar-free • 21DSD

PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOKING TIME: 40-50 minutes
YIELD: 4-6 servings
NUTRITION INFO: coming soon!

for the sauce topping:

  • 4oz tomato paste
  • 4oz water
  • 2 Tbsp red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, duck fat, or bacon fat
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed or grated (1/2 Tbsp)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper – or more to taste
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, grated (or very finely diced)
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, combine the tomato paste, water, bell pepper, cilantro, chili powder, sea salt, and black pepper and simmer for about 5-10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients into the meatloaves – stirring occasionally to prevent burning. If your sauce reduces too far and looks like it may burn, add more water 2 tablespoons at a time and whisk to combine. The sauce should have a fairly thick consistency, almost like ketchup, not loose like a pasta sauce.
  • In a medium skillet, melt the duck fat and sautée the onions over medium low heat until they are translucent and the edges begin to brown. Add the minced garlic and stir for about a minute.
  • In a large-sized mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and then place the ground meat into the bowl with the beaten eggs. In a small mixing bowl, combine the spices, carrots, bell pepper, and cilantro. Then add the spice and vegetable mixture to the meat and egg until well combined.
  • Divide the meatloaf mixture into 2 parchment paper lined mini loaf pans (or use 1 large tin, baking time may vary), filling them up and slightly over the top as the mixture will shrink a bit in cooking.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup of the sauce onto each loaf, spreading it into an even layer to coat the top and reserve the remaining amount for dipping after the loaves are baked.
  • Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes or until the internal temperature of the loaves reaches 160 degrees F.

Yes, you can enjoy this recipe while on the 21-Day Sugar Detox.

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