Mexican Meatloaf Cups

Friday, December 18, 2009
Easy to make individual cheese and beef Mexican Meatloaf cups are so much fun to eat.

Filled beef cups filled with melted cheese, and refried beans, with a delicious fork full of yumminess in every bite you take!

These are perfect for an appetizer for a fun Mexican buffet gathering with friends.

The recipe is super easy and the kids just love these flavors as you can make them spicy or mild in flavor just by the kind of salsa added.

Our super easy-to-make meatloaf cups are just perfect for Cinco De Mayo celebrations.

Setting up a garnish bar is fun plus you can add all your family and friends' favorite toppings with a little of all our suggestions below to build their own meal and perfect when hosting a party.

We will give you all those suggestions below in the recipe card as you scroll through the step-by-step recipe.

Step by Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and oil spray cupcake or muffin tins.
  2. Mix the meat with the ingredients listed
  3. Mix the beans with the ingredients listed below
  4. Line the cupcake tins with a light layer of meat and bake until pink it has gone
  5. Fill with beans and cheese mixture
  6. Place back into the oven until the cheese is melted

If you're not a beef lover, substitute tequila shrimp, ground turkey, or even roasted leftover boneless cooked pork or boneless cooked chopped chicken breast.

Garnish Suggestions:

  1. sliced olives
  2. sour cream
  3. avocado
  4. jalapeno peppers
  5. shredded lettuce
  6. salsa mild or hot
  7. diced tomatoes
  8. finely chopped onions
  9. crushed tortilla chips
  10. Side dishes:
  11. avocado guacamole dip
  12. corn on the cob
  13. rice and beans 

Alternatives for Beans

  1. cooked white or brown rice
  2. orzo cooked pasta
  3. cooked quinoa
  4. chopped vegetables you may prefer IE onions, diced tomatoes, bell peppers
  5. yellow rice cooked

Shopping List (see the recipe card for the exact measurements)

  • ground beef
  • salsa
  • green chilies
  • jack cheese shredded
  • refried beans
  • green chilies or bell peppers
  • chili seasoning packet 
  • cooking spray oil

Easy Casserole for Cinco De Mayo

We love Mexican food and all kinds of foods and love to celebrate all holidays since food is a universal language we can partake in the festivities.

This American Mexican casserole for lasagna is the perfect meal using some of the traditional ingredients we love like refried beans, ground beef, and loads of melted cheese is a great way to celebrate and day of the week even Taco Tuesday.

This is a nice change of flavors and is always welcome at our dinner table.

If you need an easy-to-throw-together for a quick meal even if you've worked all day, you can throw this together in no time at all this is the perfect addition to your recipe collection.

Mexican meatloaf, refried bean, and cheese meatloaf, Tex-Mex meatloaf, Cinco De Mayo recipes,
Mexican recipes, refried bean recipes, meatloaf recipes, Cinco De Mayo Recipes
American, Mexican
Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Mexican Meatloaf Cups

Mexican Meatloaf Cups

Fun to eat Mexican-style meatloaf made in cupcake tins. Filled with refried beans, salsa, meat, and cheese.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 1 pound of raw hamburger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of green chilies or chopped bell green
  • 1 package of chili seasoning mix
  • 1 jar of salsa any brand
  • 1 can of refried beans regular or fat-free
  • 1 cup shredded Jack cheese or a Mexican blend of cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and oil spray a muffin tin.
  2. Mix hamburger, egg, garlic, peppers, 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 package of chili seasoning, 1/2 cup flavored breadcrumb mix till well blended.
  3. Line the greased muffin tin thinly with meat so it goes all the way up to the top edges of each cup.
  4. Bake for around 20 minutes until all the pink is gone.
  5. Drain or blot excess grease out of the cups with paper towels.
  6. In the meantime get a clean bowl, mix refried beans, 1/4 cup of salsa, and the rest of the chili seasoning.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
  8. Fill each cup with the bean mixture.
  9. Top with remaining cheese and bake for another 15 minutes or until all the cheese is melted.
  10. Serve tortilla chips to use as a scoop or optional top with sour cream, black olives, and more salsa if desired.

This is an affiliate link and I do make a small commission See Disclosure Policy


  1. I never try Mexican food but from this post seem like is nice...will find a time and have it a try =)

  2. oh my!! This looks soo good! I must try this!!

  3. wow, a new version of it!!!

  4. I think this could work with spy veggie crumbles, don't you?

  5. very creative! I love mexican food so this is right up my alley

  6. You did really well with this challenge - I love it.

  7. I love the idea of baking meatloaves in the muffin cups and fantastic flavors here!

  8. This looks great! Never would have thought to make meatloaf cups, but with the beans and salsa it sounds delicious

  9. What a creative recipe, I wanna be a taste tester! Pace has some of the best commercial salsa out there. Mexican food is one of my favorites.

  10. Wow this sounds really good and thats why i looked it up to see if i can mix the together and now that i see i can and it is trully i wil go ahead make for tonite dinner. hmmmmmmm its going to be so good, hope my kids like it too. Thanks and have a blessed week and weekend.


Remember to use the search option for a recipe you're looking for and thanks for all your kind words and support. We love our readers all the best Claudia