Jalapeno-Cheddar Meatloaf w/ Savory Tomato Gravy

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On a cold and rainy Sunday evening last November, I needed to warm my bones and fill my belly with something comforting and delicious, that reminded me of home, and what better dish to make than some homemade meatloaf and gravy? I found a few old recipes in my Mom’s cookbook collection and saw one from Southern Living that had Jalapeño and Cheddar cheese included and thought this was a winner! I added a few ingredients of my own and it turned out absolutely delicious – with just the right amount of spice in the meatloaf topped in a savory creamy tomato gravy, along with some buttery mashed potatoes and sauteed zucchini in garlic and olive oil on the side. A glass of red wine to top it off and voila! I was as snug as a bug in a rug on that cold rainy November night.

Jalapeno-Cheddar Meatloaf with Savory Tomato Gravy

Yield: 4-6


  • Jalapeno-Cheddar Meatloaf:
  • 1 pound Ground Sirloin (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 zucchini, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped fine (6-8 slices)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dales Steak Sauce (soy sauce/garlic marinade)
  • Dash of Montreal Steak seasoning
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • -----
  • Savory Tomato Gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of Montreal Steak seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute the chopped onion, garlic and zucchini in olive oil over moderate heat, stirring, 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together, sprinkle spicy Montreal seasoning on top, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees uncovered. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve with Tomato Gravy (recipe below) and sauteed zucchini and garlic in olive oil with mashed potatoes.
  4. Savory Tomato Gravy:
  5. Melt butter in small saucepan; whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth and tomato sauce; reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Whisk in salt and pepper and dash of steak seasoning.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living and my Mom and Grandmother’s recipes.

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I’m Kristen Hess: food fanatic, amateur cook, graphic designer, writer, aspiring food stylist and photographer living in New York City. My new blog is the product of plenty of late nights of planning and dreaming, reading and writing, cooking and eating, and styling and shooting. My purpose is to share my passion and love for cooking and food and travel, alongside with my creative expressions of it through writing, design and photography.

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