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The best meatloaf recipes: 7 easy remakes of the classic dinner

by Alesandra Dubin /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Over the years, meatloaf has developed a reputation as a ho-hum family dinner option—but it doesn't have to be uninspired. These recipes breathe new life into the traditional favorite dish, with variations like miniature turkey tacos cooked in muffin tins — and even a vegetarian version.

Easy Turkey Meatloaf
Easy Turkey MeatloafSweet Treats and More

1. Turkey meatloaf: Cut the fat found in traditional meatloaf recipes with this fool-proof turkey version from Sweet Treats & More, topped with sweet and tangy sauce.

Related: Get 3 meals out of one turkey meatloaf

Mini mashed potato topped meatloaves
Mom Needs to Know

2. Mashed potato-topped mini meatloaves: Cook these mini meatloaves from Moms Need to Know in a muffin tin to control portions and avoid dried-out ends. The mashed potato topping gives them a cupcake-like appeal for kids, too.

Related: Al Roker's favorite muffin tin meals

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Recipes for Our Daily Bread

3. Crock-Pot meatloaf: You can leave the house all day while the slow cooker does the work in this moist meatloaf from Recipes for Our Daily Bread. Top it with a simple four-ingredient sauce.

Related: 5 more slow-cooker meatloaf recipes

Taco Meatloaf Muffins
Jeanette's Healthy Eating

4. Mexican turkey taco meatloaf muffins: A store-bought packet of taco seasoning gives a Mexican flair to these individually portioned (and gluten-free) meatloaves from Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

Vegetarian lentil loaf
Fat Free Vegan

5. Vegetarian lentil loaf: Get set for Meatless Monday with this wholesome vegetarian lentil loaf recipe, available at Fat Free Vegan (reprinted from Let Them Eat Vegan!).

Best Ever Meatloaf from Pip and Ebby
Pip & Ebby

6. “Best ever” meatloaf: Apricot preserves give an unexpected sweetness to the sauce served over this easy, juicy meatloaf recipe from Pip & Ebby — for which you probably already have every ingredient.

Cheddar barbecue mini meatloaf
South in Your Mouth

7. Cheddar barbecue mini meatloaf cups: Top these muffin-tin meatloaves with cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce for a kick of Southern flavor. South Your Mouth has the recipe.

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