18 Best Leftover Meatloaf Recipes

Leftovers don’t just have to be reheating the original. Re-invent it with these delicious easy leftover meatloaf recipes.

photo of an easy dinner idea by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Meatloaf is delicious, and there are some great meatloaf recipes out there. But it’s hard to make meatloaf in small portions.

There are many various dishes that call for spiced meat, and meatloaf is a great option.

So instead of eating meatloaf every day for three days, why not revamp the leftover meatloaf into a new dish?

There’s more to life than leftover meatloaf and ketchup.

Leftover Meatloaf Recipes

1 — Sprinkle It on Top of a Pizza

photo of a low carb healthy keto pizza by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
Photo by Sugar & Cloth

If you’re in the mood for some amazing homemade pizza, why not add in some meatloaf? It’s already spiced and cooked, so there are fewer steps in the whole cooking process, which is great! 

Top it off with some sweet or spicy peppers, lots of cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and whatever else floats your boat! To customize it, even more, get creative with the design of the pizza to make each bite even more special. 

2 — Meatloaf Tacos

Meatloaf Tacos
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Tacos are so delicious, and the meat in them is really just spiced-up ground beef – just like meatloaf is.

In a skillet, add the ground-up meat with spices such as chili powder, sauteed onions, salsa, and black beans. If it seems too thick, you can add some water.

Once the mixture is simmering on the stove, scoop it into some tacos – soft shell or hard shell, depending on your preference. 

Tacos always go well with sour cream, good guacamole, and to spice things up – jalapeños. Drink it up with a Skinny Jalapeño Margarita too!

3 — Frito Pie Mason Jars Recipe

photo of frito pie mason jars by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
Photo by Sugar & Cloth

For a walking taco, this is the recipe to go with. Although it calls for ground turkey, it’s easy to substitute for ground beef. And, therefore, leftover meatloaf.

The ingredients and toppers are all customizable, so if you prefer savory or salty, you can easily go in that direction instead of spicy. 

End the great meal with a delicious Baked Apple with Spiced Granola and Yogurt.

4 — Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are amazing. You can stuff so much into them, and they are loaded with delicious nutrients. This recipe is really easy to make, too. 

Cook the bell peppers in the microwave or bake them in the oven to soften them up. While they’re cooking, you can save time by making the stuffing. Dice up the meatloaf and cook some quinoa, rice, or orzo. Mix those two together, and then add tomato sauce and cheese.

When the peppers are done, stuff in the stuffing and cover with more cheese. When the cheese has fully melted, take it out of the oven, and bon appetit! 

5 — Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

Take it up a notch and wrap the leftover meatloaf stuffed peppers in bacon! The bacon keeps the peppers and stuff moist while it cooks, and the dripping bacon grease gives the entire meal more flavor.

This is a super quick recipe to make and incredibly easy.

They also freeze well, so you can make a bunch, freeze them, and be able to use up all of the leftover meatloaves in one recipe! 

6 — Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese
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Like a lot of these recipes, you start with meatloaf and add some tomato sauce. Instead of going too crazy with different toppings, stay simple and keep it at an easy spaghetti sauce. 

This recipe is a simple three-step process.

Break up the meatloaf into small pieces, add tomato sauce (and spices if you want), and place it over some steaming noodles. Yum! 

7 — Meatloaf Stroganoff

Like spaghetti, this stroganoff takes minced meatloaf and adds a creamy, stroganoff-style sauce into it, along with onion, garlic, and sauteed mushrooms.

The carbs in this stroganoff can either be mashed potatoes or layer the creamy meat sauce into a bowl of egg noodles. 

8 — Skillet Hash with a Fried Egg

Skillet Hash with a Fried Egg
Photo by Food Network

With this recipe, begin by sauteing some diced onions, potatoes, and bell peppers. Then, simply add in some crumbled meatloaf and crack an egg or two on top. Voila!

To spice it up a bit (no pun intended) try playing with spices or adding cheese into the dish, too. 

9 — Minestrone Soup

Rather than using meatballs, use leftover meatloaf. It’s the same idea, but one is a little less symmetric when cut (meatloaf).

Sprinkle some meatloaf into the soup along with a little bit of pecorino, and you are set to go! 

This leftover meatloaf recipe idea uses an instant pot, but that’s not necessary to make it well. You can also cook the soup for longer in a regular pot, and it will taste just as great. 

10 — Vintage Meatloaf and Vegetable Soup

Vintage Meatloaf and Vegetable Soup
Photo by the spruce eats

In all honesty, meatloaf can go in just about any soup that calls for meat.

But when it gets cold outside, nothing warms us up like good chili (see recipe) or warm meat and vegetables. If you ever run out of meatballs for a soup, use leftover meatloaf.

Even though vegetables are very healthy and nutritious, take it up a notch by starting the meal with Winter Fruit and Citrus Salad.

So you get your veggies and fruits for the day. 

11 — Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie
Photo by serious eats

Don’t let a bunch of meat go to waste next time you make Shepherd’s pie. Instead of using lamb, use up that leftover meatloaf.

Get those ramekins or casserole dishes ready because a combination of sauteed onions, peas, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, and crumbled meatloaf is about to blow your mind!

Top it off with some creamy mashed potatoes and cheese, and bake until all of the ingredients on top are hot and melted.

Did someone say “yum”?! This is actually one of the most creative leftover recipes that we’ve stumbled upon.

12 — Fried Rice

Fried Rice
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Fried rice is so easy to do with leftover meatloaf.

Take the leftover rice and saute it with diced veggies (of your choice), an egg, soy sauce, and, of course, some crumbled-up or diced-up meatloaf. Easy, filling, and not terribly unhealthy! 

Side note: fried rice is best with day-old rice.

You can stick with the Asian meal theme by ending it with some homemade Mini Mochi Cakes too. 

13 — Grilled Cheese

When comfort food meets comfort food.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are such a classic American dish, as is meatloaf. So why not combine them to create an uber non-traditional American dish? Although, it’s not too far off from a patty melt. 

Next time you have leftover meatloaf, have grilled cheese the next day and place a slice of meatloaf between the cheese and bread.

Serve this delectable grilled cheese with fries and ketchup, or drink it up with this delicious Pickle Martini cocktail recipe!

14 — Meatloaf Chili

Meatloaf Chili
Photo by the spruce eats

Chili, like soup, is amazing for cold nights and carnivores. 

Simply cook up a hot pot of flavorful chili with vegetables and seasonings. Then add in some crumbled-up meatloaf. 

If you feel like you want it hotter, add in some jalapeños or spicy chili seasoning to give it a bigger kick. Remember that the meatloaf is already full of spices though. 

Try beginning the cold winter meal with this Winter Panzanella Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing recipe.

15 — Meatloaf Mac And Cheese

Meatloaf Mac And Cheese
Photo by Oh Mrs. Tucker

Make your favorite mac and cheese dish.

While it’s still piping hot on the stove or just out of the oven, stir in the leftover meatloaf. The juicy meat brings out a great flavor with the cheese. 

Maybe not the healthiest of meals, but definitely delicious. Make it more nutritious with a Peach Caprese Side Salad!

16 — Leftover Meatloaf Quiche

Meat, cheese, and eggs are a wonderful combination, and quiche is no exception. 

Add in anything you want to the quiche-like mushrooms, peppers, spinach, or different types of cheese.

Pair the this leftover meatloaf recipe meal with a Cranberry Orange Salad with a Creamy Citrus Vinaigrette.

17 — Grilled Bacon Meatloaf Burgers

Grilled Bacon Meatloaf Burgers
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As already established, bacon is delicious. Burgers are delicious. Burgers wrapped in bacon are delicious. 

Take some leftover meatloaf and envelope it with some ground beef and sear it in a buttered pan. While doing that, bacon should be cooking. When the bacon is cooked but flimsy, take bacon and wrap it around the burger and fry again until the bacon is crispier. 

Serve it with some homemade french fries and a traditional Old Fashioned to top off the meal. 

18 — Meatloaf Egg Rolls with Jalapeño Ketchup

Meatloaf Egg Rolls with Jalapeño Ketchup
Photo by she knows

Why use just veggies or pork if you can use leftover meatloaf? This take on Asian-American fusion food is a delicious way to take day-old meatloaf and reuse it for a filling in these crispy egg rolls. 

The savory egg rolls along with the spicy ketchup combine to make a truly tasty light meal or appetizer.

Pair the egg rolls with a Spicy Paloma cocktail to kick up that spice register too. 


Meatloaf is incredibly adaptable and can be used in a variety of dishes when you have a lot of meatloaf leftover from last night’s supper. Happy cooking! 

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3 thoughts on “18 Best Leftover Meatloaf Recipes”

  1. Amazing article. I really like the ideas that you have mentioned in the blog. Thanks for sharing such useful info with us.5 stars


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