Garlic Meatloaf ‘Cupcakes’

These are my husband’s kind of cupcakes, completely savory! We even joked that I should go on the Food Network’s cupcake challenge & request a savory cupcake episode!

This is a rendition of my mom’s recipe. For those who know my mom she is one HELL of a COOK! The stuff she makes it out of this world & I was totally spoiled growing up in her kitchen! For meatloaf, her secret ingredient is all spice. When she told me that my response was, “Are you serious? Pie spice in meatloaf?” Her response, “Try it before you judge.” So, I thought more about and found a lot of ethnic cooking and BBQ rubs use pumpkin pie spices in the rubs and sauces.

Well, I gave the infamous all spice a chance. Drum roll, please… totally works! YUMMY, in my tummy! Well, yummy in daddy and mommy’s tummies. Our son on the other hand ate the potatoes “frosting” & then took one bite of the meat cupcake (drowning in ketchup), sucked off the ketchup, spit out the meat and pointed at it, saying “NO, NO, NO!” The kid doesn’t eat any meat other than Chipotle pork carnitas, so I am not taking offense here! I did all I could not to laugh hysterically. Despite one reviewer totally turning me down, the one that really counts is the hubby. I got two thumbs up! 

Also, I want to give a shoot out to our meat farmer! For the past couple of years, we have bought our our eggs and meat from the following local & organic Minneapolis farmer:

We even signed up for a 10-month CSA meat package & have been very pleased with the variety. If live in the Minneapolis area & want farm fresh meats, I would highly recommend checking them out! This is unsolicited advice too! Keep in mind I get no compensation for mentioning them or putting their logo on my homepage. I just do it because I love their stuff and want to support their family business. 

Garlic Meatloaf Cupcakes
Serves 6
Savory pork & beef cupcakes that are perfect for appetizers or a main course. Making them as cupcakes also cuts the baking time in half!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 LB Pork Sausage, fresh-air
  2. 1 LB Beef, grass fed
  3. 1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms
  4. 3-4 Carrots, rough chopped
  5. 1 Yellow Onion, rough chopped
  6. 3 Eggs, free-range
  7. 1 tbsp Garlic, crushed
  8. 1 tsp All Spice
  9. 1 tsp Onion Powder
  10. 1 tsp Salt
  11. 1/2 tsp Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put everything into a food processor except for eggs & meat. Mix until the vegetable mixture turns into a slightly chunky puree. Mine was a horrible brown color because of the mushrooms, but the meat is brown so do not fret. This is a great way to incorporate vegetables without your kids even knowing it!
  3. Add meat & eggs to large mixing bowl. Pour vegetable puree into bowl and hand mix (get your fingers in there folks - my mom never used a spoon for meatloaf or meatballs & neither do I) the mixture until combined.
  4. Add to muffin tin & bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops of the meat cupcakes start to brown.
  5. Top with a layer of ketchup and mashed vegetable puree of choice. I used mashed potatoes because I only had white potatoes in the house, but for a Paleo version use a cauliflower or sweet potato puree.

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