Spicy Southwestern Style Meatloaf

Southwestern Style Meat Loaf Recipe

I went to the kitchen with the intentions of making a meat loaf. You know, with the onion, bread crumbs, and ketchup.  But I found I only had a red onion and a bottle of ketchup that was practically empty. That was the day my Southwestern Style Meat Loaf Recipe was born.


I love ground beef and all the dishes you can make with it. But I like to limit my red meat, so I use ground turkey for things like spaghetti, tacos, sloppy joes, and meatloaf. It’s better for you and cheaper too. The only problem is, ground turkey is very bland and needs to be spiced up.

I usually just dump a bunch of dried herbs and spices in with my ground turkey and other ingredients for whatever I’m making. But I had some fresh herbs I was growing now. One thought led to another, so I threw together a meat loaf using barbecue sauce instead of ketchup, red onion red bell pepper and canned kernel corn. And some of my fresh herbs. It was delicious!



Ingredients for Spicy Southwestern meatloaf

  1. 1 to 1and 1/2 lbs ground turkey (or beef if preferred)
  2. 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  3. 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  4. 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  5. 1 small can whole kernel corn, drained
  6. fresh chopped herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil
  7. 1/2 cup + 2 TBS bbq sauce


Preheat oven to 425. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients well with hands and place in pan. Spread the 2 TBS of bbq sauce on the top. Cover with foil and bake 50 minutes. After 40 minutes, drain off any grease and continue cooking with the foil off.



 It all started with my fresh herbs.

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