BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf

by Erin

Can I have a side of Cheetos with my meatloaf? Better yet stuff it inside to make a BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf! It’s cheesy tangy goodness.

BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf with Broccoli.

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With a long list of recipes on this website that include Cheetos in the ingredient list, National Cheese Doodle Day is a food holiday I don’t like to miss – except I nearly missed it this year! Guys, I literally baked this BBQ Cheetos meatloaf last night after realizing it was coming up only the day before that. Talk about a close call.

I almost phoned it in. But as luck would have it, a coworker gifted me a bag of Cheetos for helping her with something last week. In an effort to not inhale the bag straight up (or maybe dip them in chocolate?), I decided to inhale it in meatloaf form, inspired by my Cheetos Cheeseburgers. My dad is probably shocked that I willingly made meatloaf after a childhood full of hatred for it.

BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf.

After a quick trip to the grocery store later, and a not so quick cooking time in the oven (add a shorter cook time to the reasons why meatloaf muffins are superior), I had this BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf on the dinner table. With a side of roasted broccoli to make up for the copious amount of Cheetos and cheese in this thing.

But at the same time, are crushed Cheetos really that much worse health-wise than bread crumbs? I would argue that they are basically equal in this situation. Hey, I went for a side of broccoli instead of more Cheetos, I call that a win. But I may have eaten plenty while I cooked – ha!

Sliced BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf.

BBQ Cheetos Meatloaf with Broccoli.


Yield: 6-8 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 4 tsp steak seasoning
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup crushed Cheetos (4 oz. crunchy)
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the meatloaf mixture into a large bowl and gently combine. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray. Press meatloaf mixture into the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine honey, barbecue sauce, and mustard. Spoon half of it evenly over meatloaf. Bake for 30 minutes, brush top with remaining topping, and bake about 30-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads160 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.
  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
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Source: Adapted from my Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins.

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Dad March 5, 2024 - 9:08 am

I will try this recipe. What is in steak seasoning?

Erin March 5, 2024 - 9:51 am

I found it in the seasoning section, labeled as steak seasoning. Here is a recipe to make your own:

Dad March 5, 2024 - 9:04 am

You did not use one of my hated meatloaf recipes after all!

Erin March 5, 2024 - 9:50 am

Haha I thought you made a BBQ one but the ones you sent weren’t that, so I upgraded my mini meatloaf muffins.


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