You can totally transform your extra meatloaf with these amazing leftover meatloaf recipes. Rather than continuing to eat meatloaf night after night, you can use these recipes to make it new and exciting.
Meatloaf is something that we eat all the time in my house. It is a weeknight staple. I try to mix up the meals by making all different kinds of sides. I use this list of what to serve with meatloaf as a reference, getting new ideas every time I cook. There are so many ways to make mealtime exciting!
Meatloaf Tacos to a Meatloaf Sandwich
I often make several loaves of meatloaf at a time because it also is great for leftovers. You can even freeze the leftovers and have them on hand when you need a quick food option.
While everyone in my house really loves all kinds of meatloaves, we often want something new for dinner rather than eating leftovers day after day.
Luckily, leftover meatloaf is incredibly versatile. You can take those leftovers in your fridge and transform them into something different and yummy.
Many of these recipes are very easy and quick to create. You can transform your leftovers in just a minute or two. Your family will be surprised by how quickly you made a whole new meal!
Incredible Ways to Use Leftover Meatloaf
I have found 17 ways to use leftover meatloaf that I know you and your family will enjoy. Each recipe will use your leftover meatloaf to make a quick and tasty new food.
Use your leftovers to make a delicious sandwich. Place your sliced meatloaf on a roll and add your favorite sandwich toppings. You can also use this delicious recipe from Sugar Dish Me. The meatloaf is piled on slices of fresh sourdough bread and topped with butter lettuce, a little hot sauce, and apple butter.
The sandwich toppings bring out the sweet and savory taste of your leftovers. Add some mayonnaise, sliced avocado, or even some spicy sliced peppers to make your sandwich even more incredible. Be sure to toast your bread to give the sandwich a crispy texture.
Use your extra meatloaf to create a delicious bowl of chili. Chili is very easy to make since the meat is already cooked. We love this sweet corn and chipotle chili recipe from Sons ‘R’ Us. Tomatoes, beans, corn, and spices bring out all the tasty flavors of your leftovers.
Add a few different kinds of beans to make the chili even heartier. I like to use a combination of pinto beans, black beans, and red beans to create unique, flavorful chili. Eat the chili with a spoon, serve it over rice or scoop it up with some chips. It will be ready to enjoy in just a matter of minutes.
Transform your leftover meatloaf into a delicious breakfast. This recipe from The Kitchen Magpie will show you how. Chopped meatloaf, some whisked eggs, and cheese are the keys to this tasty quiche. The whole dish is baked in a cast-iron skillet and cooks quite quickly. There will be enough servings for the entire family to enjoy!
You can even adjust the ingredients to suit your family’s needs. Add a cup of chopped tomatoes or a few spicy slices of jalapeno peppers. I like to mix in a cup of tomato soup to make it creamy and filling. The possibilities are endless!
Follow this recipe from Spend with Pennies to make a cheesy pasta dish. Instead of the ground beef, chop up your leftover meatloaf and toss it in the casserole dish. Your dinner will be ready faster since the beef is already cooked! Everyone in your family will adore this creamy, flavorful pasta and beef.
We also adore how quick it is to make this meal the next day. It takes just a few minutes to put the casserole together and heat it in the oven. A big, hot meal is just a few minutes away when you already have your prepared meatloaf on hand.
Follow this recipe from Spend with Pennies to make a cheesy pasta dish. Instead of the ground beef, chop up your leftover meatloaf and toss it in the casserole dish. Your dinner will be ready faster since the beef is already cooked! Everyone in your family will adore this creamy, flavorful pasta and beef. We also adore how quick it is to make this meal the next day. It takes just a few minutes to put the casserole together and heat it in the oven. A big, hot meal is just a few minutes away when you already have your prepared meatloaf on hand.
Mom on Timeout makes an incredible mac and cheese. This recipe will show you how to make cheesy pasta in your kitchen too. Add some chopped meatloaf to the pasta and cheese casserole dish before popping it into the oven. The end result is a filling, hearty meal made from leftovers!
We especially love this meal because it is a true crowd-pleaser. Everyone loves mac and cheese from little kids to adults. It is a dinner that is sure to be praised and eaten without complaints!
Use your leftover meatloaf for breakfast using this recipe from The Cookie Rookie as your guide. Add your meatloaf to the pan in place of the ground beef. Break up the meat with a spatula as it heats. Continue with the recipe, adding the hash browns, eggs, and cheese as directed. Since you don’t have to cook the beef, your breakfast will be ready in under 15 minutes!
This recipe from Cook Smarts will help you create a perfect provolone cheese meatloaf sandwich using leftovers. A few slices of cheese, some hearty bread rolls, and slices of cooked meatloaf are all you need! The recipe will even show you how to make honey-mustard green beans to serve alongside your meatloaf sandwich. This recipe makes the perfect meal for lunch or dinner!
Stuffed bell peppers from Simply Recipes are an Italian classic. We stuff the hollowed-out peppers with leftover meatloaf and rice. The stuffing is topped with a ketchup, hot sauce, and Worcestershire blend. This secret sauce gives the Italian meatloaf peppers a zesty kick. This is a recipe your entire family will love!
You can make an incredible dinner using leftover meatloaves, rice, egg, and some broccoli. This recipe from The Kitchn will show you exactly how to make a fantastic beef and broccoli fried rice. Break up your meatloaf in the saute pan or wok, then follow the recipe as written! You may want to add a little extra soy sauce or even try some parmesan in the mixture. Get creative with your flavors!
If you like decadent but classic foods, you should give this recipe from Damn Delicious a try. It combines classic grilled cheese with the amazing flavor of juicy beef. Use your leftover meatloaf instead of cooking the ground beef from scratch. This will help you make incredible sandwiches in a matter of minutes. We know that this amazing grilled cheese is a food you will love! Forget about bacon-grilled cheese. This grilled cheese is the next big thing! Dip it into a bowl of hot tomato soup, and you will be in culinary heaven.
This recipe from Cook Fast, Eat Well is going to impress everyone in your family. Use your meatloaf leftovers, pizza sauce, and shredded parmesan cheese. Cheddar cheese added into the mix will give your stromboli even more flavor. Scoop the filling onto a rolled-out pizza dough strip and wrap the filling inside the dough. Sprinkle with a few poppy seeds and bake!
Stromboli is an Italian favorite that is even easier to make when you have cooked meatloaf already on hand. You can choose to make your own dough from scratch or buy premade dough at the store. You can usually find fresh dough in the refrigerated section or the freezer section of the grocery store. If your dough is frozen, let it thaw before rolling it out into a large rectangle.
13. Meat Loaf Pizza
Use your leftover meatloaf to make a pizza! Follow this recipe from Cookies and Cups but sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce. Bake your pizza just enough to melt the cheese and heat the leftovers. We like to pack the meatloaf down into a flat pan to look more like a traditional pizza. However, you can definitely leave it nice and thick. Using a meat crust in place of a classic dough is actually quite trendy. Slice and enjoy this lower-carb pizza option! It is especially great for those on a keto diet as there are very few added total carbs.
14. Egg Rolls
Use your leftover meatloaf to make Korean egg rolls. This recipe from Dinner, Then Dessert is packed with Asian-inspired flavors. Use your cooked leftovers as one of the ingredients in the recipe. Just skip the beef and crumble your meatloaf into the bowl instead. Egg rolls make a perfect appetizer, and you can serve them with about 1 cup of your favorite hoisin dipping sauce. We love that you can transform a classic Italian-style meal into a new kind of cuisine. These egg rolls may actually become your favorite dish and the best way to revamp a leftover serving of meatloaf.
15. Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is an amazing way to use your leftover meatloaf. Layer the crumbled meaty mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish. Top with fluffy mashed potatoes, a little cheddar cheese, and bake. This recipe from Once Upon A Chef will give you even more details on how to create a delicious pie. Use your leftover meatloaf to make the beefy mixture and use all the steps to create fluffy mashed potatoes. This is an amazing way to turn your servings of leftover meatloaf into a filling classic dish.
16. Meatball Subs
Simmer your leftover meatloaf in a rich tomato sauce to make a delicious meatball sub. Your leftovers are perfect to use in place of the meatballs. Smother a large roll with sauce, add some tender meatloaf, and top with some parmesan cheese. You are going to go crazy for this easy, delicious food.
We love recipes from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, especially this one which creates such flavorful food. You likely have all the ingredients on hand! Meatball subs make a great lunch or dinner, and they are the perfect way to use up your food the next day.
Try using your leftover meatloaf to make a hearty spaghetti dinner. Topping your pasta with crumbled meatloaf and tomato sauce is an amazing way to turn your leftovers into something new. We love the recipe from Midwest Foodie, which also shows how to make an awesome Italian-style meatloaf. Combine the pasta and sauce, then top the dish with your baked meatloaf.
I like to break up the meatloaf into small, bite-sized pieces, so it is really easy to eat with spaghetti. You can even mix the leftovers into your sauce. Combine the ingredients however you’d like, you will still get lots of servings of amazing food.
There are so many creative ways to use your leftover meatloaf that it is hard to decide which recipes to make first. You will never have to eat plain meatloaf the next day with these recipes on hand! Turn your servings of meatloaf into something amazing. All you need to do is add a few new ingredients, add in a new seasoning, and you will be eating a perfect meal soon!
Let us know which recipes you try and which were your favorites. You can even leave a photo of your revived meatloaf in the comments below! Did you enjoy serving your leftovers in a new and exciting way? Did you learn any new culinary tricks? We want to hear all about it. Enjoy!