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Southwestern Meatloaf I have never been a fan of the bland, soggy meatloaf recipes I had as a kid. Recently, I had meatloaf at a local restaurant called Oakley’s Bistro and it totally changed my expectation of meatloaf! That version had texture topped with a great sweet and spicy glaze. Now I’m hooked! My best friend sent me a cookbook for my birthday and it had an interesting looking turkey meatloaf in it that I’ve adapted into this version.

This recipe makes a large loaf big enough to feed my family for two nights (score) plus 1-2 lunch servings. I love anytime I can get more than one meal from a recipe! I try to make this the night before soccer games or long work days so we have dinner to reheat. I feel like this is much more filling than chicken and we typically just serve it with some sort of roasted veggie.


It takes me around 30 minutes to put the meatloaf together, but then you have an hour to do laundry or homework while its baking. I also had a little helper who insisted on measuring for me, so you may get it prepped more quickly! The great thing about meatloaf or meatballs is that they require no sauteeing or hands on cook time.



We think you will love this new take on a classic! Happy cooking!

Southwestern Meatloaf
  1. 1 lb ground turkey (I used 93/7)
  2. 1 lb ground sausage (sweet or spicy)
  3. 1 diced red bell pepper
  4. 1 medium diced yellow onion
  5. 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  6. 2 T Worcestershire
  7. 3 cloves minced garlic
  8. 1 t paprika
  9. 1 t chili powder
  10. 1 t garlic powder
  11. 1/2 t cumin
  12. 1/2 c ketchup
  13. 2 eggs
  14. 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  15. 1 cup shredded white cheddar
  16. salt and pepper
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, sausage, diced onions, diced red pepper, parsley, garlic, spices, Worcestershire, ketchup and eggs with hands. Add in white cheddar and Panko until just combined.
  3. 3. Line a baking sheet with foil and form meat into 3"Hx10"L loaf.
  4. 4. Squeeze ketchup on top in a criss cross pattern.
  5. 5. Bake for 60 minutes. Enjoy!
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