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Chipotle Meatloaf Chili

Chipotle Meatloaf Chili or Chili Sloppy Joes. Put that leftover meatloaf to great use in a quick, easy chili recipe or make fantastic Sloppy Joes.

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Chipotle Meatloaf Chili

Here’s another delicious budget stretching recipe that lets nothing go to waste. Our leftover Sweet Onion Glazed Meatloaf was put to tasty use in this quick and easy chili recipe.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze close up image of cut slice on serving platter.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze

It was particularly delicious when served on  toasted rolls with mozzarella cheese as some of the best Sloppy Joes we have ever tried.

This recipe works so well that I’d suggest making a larger meatloaf than planned as part of your weekly meal plan. Just so you can enjoy this great chili a day or two later.

Chipotle Meatloaf Chili shown on a sub roll as sloppy joes

Chipotle Meatloaf Chili Sloppy Joes

The sloppy Joes option is a great way to get yet another meal from your meatloaf dinner. In either case, I sometimes freeze leftover meatloaf if not using it right away. 

Once thawed, it is easy to dice and use in this terrific chili recipe any time you like.

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Chipotle Meatloaf Chili

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Yield: 6 servings

Chipote Meatloaf Chili or Chili Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Put that leftover meatloaf to great use in a quick and easy chili recipe that also makes fantastic Sloppy Joes.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium red onion or two large shallots
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups canned kidney beans, rinsed
  • 4 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen sweet corn
  • 1 minced jalapeño pepper, optional
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons molasses or 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds leftover meatloaf, diced


  1. In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and onions (or shallots)
  3. Cook for only a couple of minutes until the onions begin to soften.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet corn, jalapeño pepper, cumin, chili powder, molasses, chipotle powder, black pepper and salt.
  5. Simmer very gently over low heat for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the diced leftover meatloaf and sSimmer for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Serve alone or with tortilla chips and garnishes of grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and lime guacamole.
  7. For Sloppy Joes, serve on toasted burger or sub rolls with grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

6 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 454Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 76mgSodium 1591mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 9gSugar 33gProtein 25g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Thursday 4th of April 2019

There is no such thing as leftover meatloaf in my house, but I would make extra meatloaf to try this delicious looking recipe. Thank you.

Peggy G.

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

This looks like an amazing use of leftovers!

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