If you're looking for a keto meatloaf with pork rinds, these low-carb meatloaf muffins are a great way to get your protein fix while still following the ketogenic diet. This classic comfort food recipe is packed with flavor thanks to the combination of ground beef, pork rinds, and savory seasonings.
The pork rinds add crunch and texture that makes this dish really stand out from other keto or low-carb meals. Here's your ticket to make a delicious dish praised as the best meatloaf by many, that’s sure to impress family and friends alike!
How are Pork Rinds Used in Keto Meatloaf?
Pork rinds are a great way to add flavor and texture to any meat dish, including keto-friendly meatloaf. When used correctly, they can keep the meatloaf moist, help to bind the ingredients together and provide the delicious crunchy texture that you get from traditional breadcrumbs, but without any of the carbs. Pork rinds are zero-carb and contain healthy fats, adding flavor and nutrients to the classic meatloaf dish.
Pork rinds can also be used in keto recipes such as burgers, meatballs, and even fried chicken. They are versatile enough to use in many different dishes, so experiment with them and see what works best for you.
What to Serve with our Keto Meatloaf Muffins
Keto meatloaf is a delicious, low-carb dinner option that can easily be customized with your favorite flavors and ingredients. To complete the meal, it's important to serve the perfect side dishes!
Here are some ideas of sides you can serve with keto meatloaf:
Mashed Rutabaga – This root vegetable is prized by the keto community for it's buttery texture and relatively low carbohydrate content.
Roasted vegetables – Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, and squash. Try tossing them with a bit of olive oil and spices before popping them in the oven to bake.
Green salads – Salad is a great way to add some freshness to the meal. Toss together your favorite greens, vegetables, and toppings for a delicious side dish.
Sautéed spinach – Spinach cooks quickly in a skillet and provides a dose of vitamins and minerals. A bit of garlic, onion, and olive oil brings out the flavor.
Zucchini noodles – Make zucchini noodles with a spiralizer or veggie peeler and top them with a marinara sauce for an Italian-inspired side dish.
Keto Meatloaf Muffin Recipe
1 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup onion, minced
1/3 cup carrot, minced
1/3 cup celery, minced
2 tsp dried parsley, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup keto-friendly ketchup
2 tbsp mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt and pepper (black pepper works better)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery until soft. Add dried parsley and garlic, cook for 1 more minute. Remove and set aside. Another option is to sauté the first three ingredients in butter before adding it to the meatloaf mixture.
In a medium or large mixing bowl, whisk together ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and eggs. Add sautéed onion mix. Add the meatloaf mix. Add bacon. Add just the right amount of bread crumbs. Toss to combine.
Put the mix in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F. Let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes.
Top with sugar free ketchup and minced parsley.
30 minutes (25 minutes cooking time minimum)
4 servings (about 12 muffins total, 3 muffins per serving)
This meatloaf also makes great leftovers which can be easily stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Still hungry? Check out our blog for more recipes!
Keto Meatloaf With Pork Rinds Alternatives For A Keto or Low Carb Diet
If you want to try out this absolutely delicious meatloaf recipe that's definitely a keeper, but give it a little twist to make it your own great recipe, here are some alternatives that you can use:
You can use onion powder and garlic powder instead of regular onions and garlics. It's obviously easier that way if you don't have any and don't want to make a run to the store.
Some people like to use almond flour with the crushed pork rinds, but you'll have to reduce the pork rinds quantity if you want to keep the carb count in check.
Using loaf pans is also an option. If you want your meatloaf to have an original loaf shape, just use a loaf pan with a baking sheet.
Some meatloaf lovers add milk to the recipe, unsweetened coconut milk is our choice here for a good meatloaf recipe.
The regular meatloaf is done with beef, but if you want to try different meats, ground pork and ground turkey work, too. We always recommend to mix it with ground beef in even proportions in a large bowl or with a food processor.
And last but not least, add grated parmesan cheese and/or tomato sauce to the mix to give a small flavour twist to your keto or low carb meatloaf recipe.