Savory Sweet Potato Meatloaf

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Where the hell have I been all your life? I know you’re asking yourself that since I haven’t posted in almost a week. Sad, sad day. But I’m back! In full force. Internet was down last week and oven is still broken, so it’s been a bit difficult to actually cook then post anything. But now that I can post, let’s sum up the weekend.

I wanted to dress up, look cute, dance, and get a guys number. Well none of the above occurred. I don’t know why I think that will actually happen. Or why I would ever want a guys number from a bar. Or why I would ever decide to wear heels downtown. As soon as the heels went on, and I walked 8 blocks to the Rio, I was doomed. My feet hurt so bad that I literally snuck away from my friends, got a taxi, and went home to make almond meal pancakes. My lord, I’m such a bore. They were delicious though. Friday nights are just way more fun to me when they are filled with paleo pancakes and the Food Network. I’m going to be alone forever. Sh*t.

Ok, but here is the REALLY important bit of info I have for you. I have this stuff called 13 year old pre-pubescent boy acne. I am 23 years old and I just recently got acne. It’s stupid. Anywho, my doctor put me on some intense antibiotics that have some freaky possible side effects. You don’t want to even know what they are. Trust me. But the main thing is….dun dun dun….I’m not allowed to have dairy while on these pills. Oops, I had greek yogurt last night. Whoopsies, just remembered that. Back to the point though, that means I’m not allowed to have heavy cream in my morning/afternoon/night americanos. O.M.G. life just isn’t worth living at this point. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic. I’ve been drinking them with coconut milk instead and have been quite content. Especially since I’ve been getting my americanos at Kaladi Coffee in the D.U. area. If you haven’t tried their coffee yet, YOU NEED TO. So awesome. I’m actually sitting in here right this very second. Look at that heavy cream staring at me. The guy here knew my order…I’ve obviously been in here more than once. The barista knows my drug of choice: an adorable cup of heavy cream. You have no idea how many times I’ve looked at that cup and thought about drinking it.

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Paleo Savory Sweet Potato Meatloaf

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1lb uncured bacon
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Time to get your meatloaf ‘insides’ ingredients going. So take 1/2 of the 1lb of bacon and chop it up into bite size pieces. Add to a deep saute pan and begin to cook down. Once the fat has began to rise, add your chopped onions and raisins to the pan to cook with the bacon.
  3. While those ingredients cook together, shred your sweet potato either in your food processor with the shredding attachment or with a shredder.
  4. Once the bacon is cooked through, the onions are slightly translucent, and the raisins have begun to bloat (you’ll see what I mean) add them to a large bowl along with all other ingredients: beef, sweet potatoes, almond meal, eggs, and all seasonings.
  5. Now use your hands to get dirty. Mix all ingredients thoroughly together and press meat into 2-3 bread loaf pans. I get the disposable ones because then there is no clean up. I’m dirty enough as it is.
  6. Top off the meatloaf with the extra slices of bacon.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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68 thoughts on “Savory Sweet Potato Meatloaf”

  1. Your blog is the most outragiously funny reading, Juli, and your food looks outstanding. Can't wait to try some of these. Thanks!

  2. Scott, I am so so glad you think my uncomfortable dry humor is funny. It's much appreciated. Let me know if you try any of the recipes! I love getting feedback!

  3. Frickin' YUM! Made this over the weekend and I'm looking forward to lunch for the week being the rest of the 2+ pounds of meatloaf. The most impressive thing is that I am by no means a good cook so I give you all the credit for 'splainin' this well enough that even a dolt like me can make it! Thanks, Juli!!

  4. Hey Aaron!! How were your leftovers this week!? So glad you made this! This recipe is one of the best for leftovers!

  5. This was amazing!! I scaled the recipe down a bit by cutting everything in half and it still came out absolutely amazing. I ate it for dinner a couple nights along with some sauteed spinach and then switched to having it with a couple over easy eggs in the mornings. Also fantastic! Thanks Juli, this recipe is a keeper and I'll be making a lot more of your food in the future 🙂

  6. Really glad you liked it Aaron!! Hope you're still eating it for leftovers regularly!

    Thanks so much for trying it Amy!! Glad you liked it!

  7. This was the bomb! I ended up taking some leftover Turkey Day yams that were made with raisins and just threw that into the mix. Turned out great and an excellent way to adapt leftovers. Will definitely make it again.

  8. This recipe totally rocks! I'm not a fan of cooked raisins, so I just added a little extra sweet potato instead. A friend was over when I made it….he ate 3 pieces then told me how he doesn't like meatloaf or sweet potatoes and LOVED this meatloaf. You are pure genius! I called him next time I made it (yes, I've made it twice and just bought stuff to make it agin this week)…his 14 yr olds put down their dinner of pizza to come over and eat it! I eat the leftovers like crazy.. Love this stuff!

  9. Yay Carolyn!!! So glad you liked it!! I find that you really can't go wrong with those ingredients so might as well combine them all! Leftovers are the best part! THanks so much for trying out a recipe!!

  10. Are you supposed to cook your sweet potato before you put it in the food processor? Or does it matter? I am trying this dish tonight! 😀

  11. Loved, loved, loved this recipe. I was getting tired of the same d@mn meatloaf. Although…. not going to lie (because you don’t seem like a person that tolerates liars… or haters), I was super hesitate about putting raisins in my beef. Who does that?

    So I owe you an apology. You were right. Raisins and beef mix well. Good call. I also added in chorizo which added a nice kick to it. Also, I made mini-loves. Super awesome – thank you!!!

    1. Haha we all gotta try weird food mixtures sometimes because it makes some beautiful stuff. Sweet and meat together = happiness. Glad you liked the recipe Leah!

  12. I hate the word meatloaf but this recipe was awesome! I wasn’t sure if I would like it because of the golden raisins… I think they’re pretty nasty straight up but the meatloaf came out fantastic! It’s a blend of beefy and sweet haha Thanks again for sharing this recipe! Oh & if anyone cares to know, I only used two lbs of beef instead of 2.5 lbs and it still came out good. ha just probably more flavorful because I didn’t alter the other ingredient measurements!

  13. This meatloaf was f’n awesome. I can’t stop making it and sharing the recipe. HOLY $HIT. love love love.

  14. Gosh I’d love to make this but I can’t have eggs. I’m going to TRY to replace the eggs. If it’s not a total disaster I’ll let you know in case someone else has an egg intolerance. Not eating eggs is such a pain in the ass!

  15. *UPDATE
    Made it without eggs and a little more sweet potatoes and it was AWESOME! Couldn’t put my fork down. I made the second loaf with some flax gel, recipe I found on line to replace the binding action of the egg, not necessary. Honestly the difference was negligible. Thanks Juli!!

  16. Loved this!! Made this and added also a tablespoon of dried parsley since it was on the counter looking at me. It was YUMMY!!!!! Very moist! My 3 year old even ate it even though she normally hates raisins and onions ;). Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  17. We have had some people who need gluten free and paleo friendly foods in our LARP and have been struggling to find food to serve in the kitchen.

    This was the first thing we tried to make for 100+ people. Other than burning the bacon on top slightly (due to longer cooking time for larger pans) this recipe turned out so great and is a hit!
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you
    Now we’re gonna try other recipes and know that it’ll add variety to our diets!

  18. AH-MAZ-ZING!!! this was delish! I am not usually one to write reviews but my husband and I have been eating paleo for 2 months and this was his favorite dish to date! Thanks!!

  19. Sorry, but the level of fats? A full pound of bacon? Geez, ground ‘beef’ is already loaded with fat. And almonds? Very high fat/calorie ratio (even if it’s a very nutritious nut, and it’s a ‘good’ fat).

    An absolutely toxic entree.

    1. Dee, please consider research done more recently than the 1980s (when we were told fats are bad, replaced fats in the American diet with carbs and sugar, and became obese as a society).

      Check out Dr. Mercola’s recommendations for ingesting more fats and vegetables for health and longevity (a widely-respected doctor who backs up his recommendations with sources and has a website), Mary Enig’s findings (a lipids expert), and Dr. Natasha McBride-Campbell’s findings.

      McBride-Campbell is rather interesting because she learned we need a variety of fats to keep our brains functioning normally, and how personality disorders are directly connected to problems in our guts.

    1. I just did and did modify the recipe slightly to accommodate my own issues/religious dietary restrictions. I used turkey thigh meat and omitted the bacon. I sauteed the onions in olive oil and wasn’t shy about how much I used (3 Tbsp). It turned out amazing and I know this will be a goto recipe from now on 🙂

  20. While eating this, I said “OMG this is f*cking good” about six times. My husband said its the best meatloaf I’ve made, and I’ve made quite a few of them! I think this is a great recipe because it involves two of my favorite ingredients: sweet potatoes and bacon. But also because I am pregnant, and eating paleo can be extremely difficult, it’s hard to get enough calories into my day and to feel satisfied This did the trick. Can’t wait to have it for breakfast with a fried egg! Love, love, love, love what you do and thank you!!

  21. I’m really glad I made this into two different loaves; that ensures the husb and I both have our fair share because this stuff is amazing!

    I’m now convinced you’re a culinary genius. 😉

  22. This was very delicious! I am doing AIP Paleo so I left out the eggs and put extra sweet potato, left out the almonds and put coconut flour (but a little less since it is very absorbent) , and sadly had no bacon on hand so I just put blobs of coconut oil on top to keep it moist. It turned out great, and we, ( myself, husband and 22 month old) all liked it.

  23. This was so freaking good! I made it exactly as described, and it fell apart when I removed the slices from the pan. Maybe I’ll try an extra egg next time? Anyone else have their slices fall apart when putting them on a plate? Or maybe I’m a meatloaf moron.

    2 meatloaves lasted the 3 of us for days and days. But no one minded the leftovers. Because this recipe rocks!

  24. Hi looking forward to making this but just want to check, it uses both raisins AND golden raisins? Just wondering why the two types? (We don’t see golden raisins all that commonly here in Australia, but I actually have a big bag of them in the cupboard and love the idea of getting to use some up in a savoury recipe! But no standard raisins in the pantry, so I’m thinking I’ll just use half a cup of golden). Just discovered your website and so many great recipes to try! Thanks or sharing them!

  25. I plan to use traditional loaf pans (one non-stick and one pyrex) to make this recipe. Do I need to grease the pans before putting the meat in?

  26. This was so freakin’ yummy. All I did different was substitute the raisins with medjool dates, and I cooked the bacon separately first, then added bacon bits. Yum yum yum.

  27. This meatloaf is one of my favorite recipes EVAR. I’ve eaten almost a whole loaf in less than 24 hours. Yikes.

  28. I’ve died and gone to heaven! This turned out perfectly! Better than expected actually. I’ve tried multiple recipes from this blog, and loved them all. I love this one enough to actually leave a comment!

    2 loafs should last me a while. And I will look forward to each meal I have now this week!

  29. This is by far the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. I recommend this recipe to all of my friends and they love it just as much. The touch of cinnamon brings everything together and brings out the savoriness (is that a real word?) of the dish.

    I put the meat into muffin tins to make mini-meatloafs, so I have perfect lunch portions everyday.

  30. We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I had only 2 pounds of ground beef so I added 1/2 pound chorizio which added a depth of spice and flavor! This recipe reminds me of my Grandmother’s stuffed cabbage. Thank you for bringing a favorite flavor to a paleo recipe!!

    1. you can’t sub it 1:1, it will come out dry and disgusting. you may be able to use less to absorb some mixture and it keep it together but i haven’t tried

          1. Just wanted to follow up with you on how my meatloaf turned out. Added a “log” of chorizo to the ground beef and used a 1/4 cup of coconut flower. Turned out perfectly. BEST MEATLOAF EVER!!! Thanks so much for actually responding to our comments.

  31. This is our regular meatloaf! I have been making it for a couple years now. Because I follow the Aoutimmune version of Paleo I omit the eggs and almond meal. Holds together great and is delicious! One time I accidentally chopped up all the bacon and just mixed it in with the meatloaf, with none leftover for the top. It came out fabulous and meets my ultra lazy need for quick and easy. 😉 I get calls from my kid’s friends parents asking what raisin meatloaf is and wanting the recipe. Huge hit with everyone! Thanks for our favorite family dinner 😀

  32. Just saw a repost (MyPaleoPal) of your recipe and came to check it out!
    You had me laughing out loud with your paragraph about going out… “Friday nights are just way more fun to me when they are filled with paleo pancakes and the Food Network.” I’m so with you!!!
    And of course, can’t wait to make the meatloaf, loving the sound of the addition of sweet potato and raisins.
    Thanks <3

  33. I made this last night with a mixture of beef and pork. My husband said this the the best meatloaf he has had in a long time! I didn’t use separate loaf pans. I put it in a 9 x 13 cake pan. Thanks for this unusual blend of ingredients.

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