Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

A healthed up version of my favorite turkey meatloaf, loaded with veggies and topped with homemade enchilada sauce.  Serve this to football fans at your next game day party!

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I love meatloaf but it’s often loaded with calories…and then you HAVE to serve it with mashed potatoes.…which are also, usually, loaded with fat…and carbs.  One of my first posts was for a Turkey Meatloaf.  It is my favorite recipe and one I make often.  When I created that recipe, it was my way of sneaking vegetables into my non-vegetable loving daughter.  It’s packed with mushrooms, which she hates but she doesn’t even know they’re in there.  I’m slick like that.

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This meatloaf is also loaded with veggies….Southwest style.  Now I’ve never been to the Southwest…but this is what I would imagine a Southwesterner would do to their meatloaf.  And if they don’t….maybe they will now.  Sautéed peppers, corn, black beans and jalapeno give this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf so much flavor you will forget it’s a healthy meal.  The vegetables also keep the turkey from drying out during cooking which tends to happen with most turkey dishes.

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The vegetable mixture can be sautéed in advance and stored in an airtight container until you’re ready to make dinner. This saves time on a busy weeknight!  I also used my Easy Enchilada Sauce which you will already have on hand, am I right? 🙂

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This is also perfect to serve at a Super Bowl party or tailgate!  Great with smashed potatoes and tortilla chips!

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Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

Quick and easy Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is a family friendly dinner!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 241 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over med-high heat and add the onions. Saute the onions until they begin to soften, add the bell pepper and continue cooking until the onions are translucent. Stir in the corn and continue cooking for approximately 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables begin to carmelize. Stir in the garlic, jalapeno and black beans and cook for 2 additional minutes. Add the chili powder and remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, gently mix together the ground turkey, cilantro, salt, pepper, egg, panko and vegetable mixture using your hands or a pastry blender. Be careful not to compact the mixture too much or the meat will be tough. Form the meat mixture into a loaf in a large baking pan and top with half the enchilada sauce coating the entire surface. Sprinkle the top with the cheese and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through.
  • Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Slice into 1/2 inch pieces and serve. Serve with the remaining enchilada sauce and top with sour cream or greek yogurt if desired.
  • Nutrition facts based on 8 servings.


Serving: 0gCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 20gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 664mgPotassium: 356mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 925IUVitamin C: 24.8mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 1.8mg
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Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

16 comments on “Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf”

  1. Oh girl this looks dynamite! Can’t wait to try it! I am visiting from the SITS challenge. I just followed you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. I would love for you to follow back. My blog is For the Love of Food on FB and my name is FLChefNicole on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Also if you can invite me to any of your group boards on Pinterest that would be great! Thanks!

  2. Perfect, exactly the recipe I was needing, I’ve seen this in some places but I’ve never done it because I thought it was difficult but now that I’ve seen in your article that it’s simple to do, that’s great thank you.

  3. Very practical and easy to do, I did not know it was that simple, I’m sure to do.

  4. Perfect recipe, looks like it was made for me, I have to do it urgently, I was looking for something like that, thank you very much for the recipe.

  5. I loved the recipe, I find it very easy to do. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Fantastic recipe, seems to be a delight, I’ll do it today, sure my family will love it, congratulations and thank you for the recipe!

  7. I was looking for a turkey loaf recipe and found this site. I liked the idea of making something ‘loaded with veggies’. I tweaked the recipe a bit to me and my DH’s tastes. Added a lot more garlic, an extra egg, a celery stalk, cup of rice, cayenne pepper. I substituted Green Mountain Salsa for the enchilada sauce and baked it for 55 minutes. Served it on a bed of Arugula dressed with lemon juice, olive oil and S+P.  My DH rated it a 10! 

    Kellie, you have a great website! I like that you aren’t afraid to use butter! Thanks for sharing your food ideas with the rest of us. I’ll be back. Cheers!

    • Thank you so much, Lisa! This is a favorite….I definitely need to give the photos a refresh. 🙂 And I love butter with all my heart. LOL!

  8. Very practical and easy to do!! Excellent article!

  9. This recipe looks so simple!! I am going to try it this sunday! Great post

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