Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meatloaf Mini’s is what’s for dinner. I know, I know, they say bacon is not that good for you. But is it not that good for you because it is full of nitrates? Because I would agree, nothing with nitrates are good for you. Or are they really all that bad? There is some controversy over whether nitrates and nitrites are as bad for you as you have been led to believe. You can read about the nitrate controversy here. I’m still a little unsure, so I bought nitrate-free organic bacon. And I’m not advocating bacon everyday because it still has an extremely high saturated fat content but a little bacon every now and then is okay. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?  I read a t-shirt once that said ‘Everything’s Better with Bacon’. I’m not sure I agree, but it is awfully tasty on this new recipe I created.Mini Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meat Loaves

Mini Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meatloaf’s are perfect for a dinner party.

These meatloaf mini’s are about the size of a medium potato, so they really are perfect for serving at a casual dinner party where every guest receives their own individual meatloaf wrapped in a blanket of bacon.

GF Meat Loaf Mix
The fixings of a great meat loaf.

And don’t let the word ‘jalapeno’ scare you. It adds just a slight amount of kick but not enough heat to really notice. If you like things extra spicy you could always add a few extra peppers into the mix or throw in the seeds, where a lot of the heat resides. I always remove them because I like a little kick but not that much. And be careful when you are handling peppers. The oil from the seeds can be extremely potent! I learned the hard way. I was making salsa one summer, cut open the jalapeno peppers and got some of the oil on my fingers. I then proceeded to wipe my eye. That was a BIG mistake! It literally burned for days, so be extra careful when you are handling spicy peppers!

Sliced Jalapeno
The hotness is on the inside!

For those of us who suffer from Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you must be very careful when it comes to eating meatloaf. Most meatloaf, especially in restaurants or at someone else’s house for that matter, will most likely have bread crumbs in the loaf. I decided to substitute quinoa flakes and they worked very well in helping hold them together.

Preparing Mini Meat Loaves
Wrap each loaf in a little bacon blanket.

Mold the meatloaf mini’s in the shape of a potato and wrap each one in a half a slice of bacon (I had pretty thick bacon, so I pulled the slices a bit to try to stretch the fibers).Then baste each loaf in a small amount of pure maple syrup.

The maple glaze
Glaze the top of each bacon strip with a little pure maple syrup.

I did have to turn the broiler on for a few minutes at the end of baking in order to fully cook the bacon. You may or may not have to do this depending on how thick your bacon is to begin with. Serve them with my caramelized root vegetable dish and my Asian Pear Salad to make a perfect meal.

Jalapeno Maple Bacon Mini-Meat Loaves
Individual meat loaves make it easy to serve.

Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meatloaf Mini’s

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo
Meal type Main Dish
The combination of sweet and spicy will make these Maple Bacon Meatloaf Mini's a family favorite! The individual size makes them perfect for a casual dinner party, too.


  • 1lb Hamburger (preferably organic grass-fed)
  • 1/2lb Spicy Italian Sausage (preferably organic)
  • 1 Large Egg (preferably free-range)
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa Flakes (generally found in the cereal section)
  • 5 medium slices Bacon (preferably organic- reserve 3 slices for wrapping)
  • 1 Medium Jalapeno Pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup (reserve one tablespoon for basting)
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Seed


I didn't pre-cook the bacon that went inside the meatloaf but I found it didn't cook that well during the oven time. I would recommend cooking it before adding it to the uncooked mixture.


Step 1
Take two strips of bacon and cut into small pieces. Slice open jalapeno pepper and remove seeds, dice.
Step 2
In a large bowl combine hamburger, spicy Italian sausage, egg, quinoa flakes, chopped bacon, diced jalapeno pepper, garlic, maple syrup (reserving 1 TBSP) and spices. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Step 3
Form six individual mini loaves in the shape of a potato and place on a plain cookie sheet or one that has been covered in parchment paper.
Step 4
Take remaining three slices of bacon and cut them in half. Place a slice around the middle of each loaf.
Step 5
Baste each bacon slice with the remaining maple syrup.
Step 6
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Broil for 5 minutes at the end to cook bacon thoroughly if needed.

This recipe was shared on the following blogs: TheDIYDreamer 


42 comments on “Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meatloaf Mini’s”

  1. Oh my, these look delicious! I am going to have to give these a try. Are they hot from the jalapenos? I have a couple of kids that don’t do well with hot food. 🙂 Maybe I can substitute it with a more mile pepper for them.

  2. Laurie, my husband would just love these! Being Canadian, bacon and meat are his favourite things. He’s also on a high protein high fat/low carb diet at the moment, so these would work well. 🙂

  3. Bacon wrapped meatloaf….definitely looks yummy! Last time I wrapped bacon over zucchini boats stuffed with hamburger meat/zucchini mix topped with cheese. It was good.

  4. That’s so creative and it looks very tasty! Your photos were so good as well, this post actually made me hungry. Not sure I’ve ever made meatloaf though!

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