Pepper Jack Meat Loaf

Now, truth be told, if I can, I’m going to smoke my meatloaf. Now, having said all that, I was all over this cheesy pepper jack meat loaf recipe when I came across it. I figured how can it be bad? And it wasn’t. At all. It reminded me of a Juicy Lucy hamburger in ways.

Pepper Jack Meat LoafI really liked the celery in this Pepper Jack meat loaf too. It added a nice crunchy contrast to the meat and the velvety cheese. The leftovers also made for fantastic meatloaf sandwiches. I just slice the meat loaf thick, pile it on thick Texas toast, and squirt on a bit of ketchup.

Also try my BBQ meatloaf sandwiches!

Pepper Jack Meat Loaf

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Mike


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup saltine crackers crumbled
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Spray a loaf pan or baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the beef, celery, onion, crackers, and eggs. Mix well. Get in there with your hands and work it!
  • Place half of the meat into the pan. If you're using a baking dish, form the meat into a loaf.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the meat.
  • Add the remaining meat on top and pinch down along the sides to seal the cheese inside.
  • Spread ketchup over the top of the meat and sprinkle with chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Cover the pan with lose-fitting foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and increase oven temperature to 425 F. Let bake another 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf is 160 F.
  • Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

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