Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf

Sharing is caring!

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf is stuffed with cream cheese and diced jalapenos and wrapped in bacon. So much flavor in this spicy meatloaf!

Meatloaf wrapped in bacon on a serving platter with parsley


The cream cheese middle turns a regular meatloaf into a creamy, rich meal. Crispy, salty bacon on the outside and a creamy, rich interior make this meatloaf a real winner.

I love to serve this meaf with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Southern-Style Green Beans.

I have a soft spot for meatloaf. It is one of my favorite comfort foods. Scroll down for more meatloaf recipes.

Jalapeno Popper Meatloaf on a plate with fresh parsley and green beans in the background.


The meatloaf mixture is a simple mixture of ground beef, onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, basil, seasoned salt, and pepper. The cream cheese middle helps keep the meatloaf moist and tender and it makes every bite taste so rich.

This meatloaf is plenty big to serve a family of 4 for 2 meals. Leftovers will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the microwave.

Meatloaf mixture with cream cheese and jalapenos on top.


Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe Tips:

Use 2 to 3 jalapenos, depending on how spicy you want this recipe.

I like to use lean ground beef so that the meatloaf isn’t greasy, but not too lean or it will be really dry. Between 85% and 90% is perfect.

Thin cut bacon works better than thick cut bacon.

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf with a slice cut to shoe the inside.


If you like the flavor of jalapeno poppers, you are going to love this meatloaf.

Try These Other Meatloaf Recipes:

Meatloaf wrapped in bacon on a serving platter with parsley

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: jalapeno poppers, spicy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf is stuffed with cream cheese and diced jalapenos and wrapped in bacon. So much flavor in this spicy meatloaf!
Print Recipe


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into long, thin pieces
  • 2 to 3 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 5 slices bacon, cut in half


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together.
  • Shape half the ground beef mixture into a 9x5-inch rectangle on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place the cream cheese and jalapenos down the middle.
  • Cover the cream cheese and jalapenos with the remaining meat mixture, pressing along the edges to completely seal the inside.
  • Brush the tops and the sides of the meatloaf with the ketchup.
    Place the bacon slices side by side on top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 60 to 70 minutes.
    Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.


The cream cheese should be cold. This will help prevent it from melting and oozing out.

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf with one slice cut so the interior shows.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

6 thoughts on “Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf

  1. Do you bake it uncovered? I’m afraid of the bacon burning if so. Thanks! This looks so yummy!

  2. We made it and it was very good and we thought the bacon could have been a little more crispy. Did add another 10 minutes to the cooking time. Found it was a little pink under the cheese in the center. We also used panko crumbs, but over all a real keeper.

  3. Be advised that if you do use the thin bacon as recommended, it will burn and adhere to the top of the meatloaf and WILL NOT PEEL off. VERY unappetizing. Everyone in the house took one look, and said nope, not eating that. Super disappointed. All these recipes have been fabulous, but this one? terrible.

    1. Actually it came put perfect , I used 80/20 ground beef and it came out juice plus the bacon sealed in the moisture and flavor, great with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and corn.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating