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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf

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

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf on 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.

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Meatloaf wrapped in bacon on a serving platter with parsley

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf is stuffed with cream cheese and diced jalapenos and wrapped in bacon. So much flavor in this spicy meatloaf!
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 1 hour


  • 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.
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: ground beef, jalapeno poppers, spicy

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

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39 thoughts on “Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatloaf”

  1. Great recipe! I used the base recipe and made a few little changes. I made a 4 pound recipe( teenage boys). I wrapped the whole thing in thick cut peppered bacon. I had some small cubed cheddar cheese that I added and I used 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix ( Cajun two step-Fire). Wish I could add my pictures! Thank you!

  2. This was absolutely incredible. I’m not a ketchup meatloaf person so I did bbq sauce instead. Hands down the best meatloaf recipe. EVER. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. This is the best meatloaf recipe I’ve ever tasted! I add a bit of bacon in with the meat mixture, as well as a little bit of ketchup. I top the meatloaf with the slices of bacon and ketchup as per the recipe. So delicious!

  4. Made this meatloaf last month, we loved it. Will be making it for our dinner tonight. The husband said yes! Very shareable.

  5. Sooooooo delicious! I replaced the bread crumbs with a mix of pork rinds and almost flower to get rid of some of the carbs and it was perfect!

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  6. Made this for dinner and took to my daughters. Her three kids loved it as well as all of us. Easy to make and although takes a long time to cook it’s worth it!

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