Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf

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If you love turkey meatloaf and enchiladas, you’ll love this Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf, a fun twist on the weeknight classic.

Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf
Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf

At my husband’s request, we make turkey meatloaf at home at least once a month. I love getting creative with it because there are many ways to switch it up. This moist ground turkey meatloaf is studded with corn, black beans, and green chiles and topped with enchilada sauce, jalapeño, and cheese. Some other healthy meatloaf recipes you will love are this Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf or this Sheet Pan Turkey Meatloaf and Broccoli dish.

Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf

I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to use up a package of ground turkey, which is much leaner than beef. When it comes to meatloaf we have learned to prefer ground turkey to beef. For other ideas you can see all my ground turkey recipes from the archives.

Binder to hold ground turkey meatloaf together

To keep ground turkey meatloaf from falling apart, you must use enough binders to keep it together. I use a half-cup of quick oats and an egg for this recipe. You can also use breadcrumbs in there place.

What temperature should meatloaf be cooked at?

I cook turkey meatloaf at 350F degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. The best way to check that it is cooked through is with a meat thermometer, which should read 165 degrees.

Side dish ideas for turkey meatloaf

Here are some Latin-inspired side dish ideas to serve with this enchilada meatloaf:

How to freeze:

Meatloaf lasts in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and is great for freezing. For meal prep, you can make two – one to eat for dinner and one to freeze for later. It takes about the same amount of time to double the recipe, and the meatloaves can bake together.

To freeze, let the meatloaf cool and slice it. Then place the slices in a freezer- safe container with pieces of parchment paper in between so they don’t freeze together. When you’re ready to eat, pull out as many slices as needed, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and reheat in the microwave.

Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf Variations:

  • Meat: Swap ground turkey for lean ground beef.
  • Enchilada Sauce: Make your enchilada sauce from scratch or buy it premade to save time. Leftover sauce is delicious on chicken-rice bowls, spaghetti squash, and of course, enchiladas.
  • Oats: Use an equal amount of breadcrumbs instead of oats. For a low- carb, grain-free option, go with almond meal.
  • Beans: Sub pinto beans for black beans or omit if you’re not a fan.
  • Herbs: If you don’t like cilantro, skip it.
  • Spiciness: If your family does not like spicy food, omit the jalapeños on top.

Turkey Meatloaf with beans, corn, enchilada sauceTurkey Meatloaf with beans, corn, enchilada sauce

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Turkey Meatloaf with beans, corn, enchilada sauce
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Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf 

268 Cals 26 Protein 12 Carbs 13 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American, Mexican, Tex Mex
If you love turkey meatloaf and enchiladas, you'll love this Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf, a fun twist on the weeknight classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds 93% ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup quick oats, *check lables for gluten free
  • 2 tablespoons mild enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/3 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup canned reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 4 ounce can mild chopped green chili, drained well
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

For topping:

  • 2/3 cup mild enchilada sauce
  • 1/3 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 jalapeño sliced thin, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine ground turkey, oats, 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce, scallions, corn, beans, green chiles, garlic, egg, salt, cumin and onion powder.
    Enchilada Turkey Meatloaf ingredients
  • Combine everything well using clean hands, then shape onto the sheet pan into an oval loaf flattened on top so you can add the sauce and cheese later.
    how to make a mexican turkey meatloaf
  • Bake 55 to 60 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and top with the remaining enchilada sauce, cheese, and, jalapeño.
  • Bake until the sauce is heated through and the cheese is melted, about 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro if desired. To serve, transfer to a cutting board and slice into 12 slices.
  • Serve with extra sauce if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2slices, Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 667.5mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g
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86 comments

  1. Another great recipe! Really enjoyed the flavors and how easy it was to make. I added an additional half pound of turkey to use up the container and baked it for an extra 10 minutes, and it turned out perfectly. Tasted great using canned enchilada sauce.

  2. For ground turkey this was moist and full of flavor, heated it up the next day and folded it in our omelet’s for breakfast…..Will make it again.

  3. hi, your site came highly recommended, and i just joined weight watchers , how do i figure out how many points your recipes have ?

  4. I am not surprised, but this recipe is fantastic. I cannot get over how wonderful it was. Will be adding to the rotation! 

  5. This was great! Used ground chicken instead of turkey and came out very tasty…family was VERY skeptical but we all loved dinner tonight!

  6. I am leaving it a 5 because the flavor was really there, and I enjoyed it. My husband, on the other hand, thought it was okay. He is a meatloaf/mashed potato/gravy snob. Although he liked it, it wasn’t meatloaf to him. I plan on using the leftovers for empenadas or actual enchiladas and he was totally okay with that🤷‍♀️.

  7. This was very good! I went heavier on the veggies and beans. I also subbed salsa for enchilada sauce because i had an open jar to use up. Leftovers were great too. Will definitely make again! 

  8. This dish is delicious! It tastes like a perfect combination of an enchilada and a meatloaf combined. Quite flavorful! The directions need to be fixed on where to add in the cilantro, though.

  9. Made this tonight. Gina you never disappoint! My husband was like mmm I don’t know. I said when have your EVER not loved a Gina dish. We ate dinner and he said of course it was awesome! Served with grilled zucchini and roasted corn. Totally going in the rotation. Thanks for another hit💕

  10. Made today. Someday, I may read the recipe before I make it and I will have all the ingredients, but even without the black beans, we loved this turkey meatloaf.  For me, a turkey meatloaf needs lots of seasonings.  This has more than enough.  The only thing I would change is the amount of salt and yes, I used Kosher salt.  It is too much, even for a salt lover as me.  I made a mistake and poured the enchilada sauce and the jalapeños on while baking it.  It turned out fine, but will make without until the end next time.  I have to say that we only got 4 servings out of it.

  11. Delicious! This was a great twist on meatloaf. And the sauce I like to keep on hand. I love the sauce for a quick instant pot shredded chicken dinner.  Your recipes are always appreciated!

  12. I was so excited to try this recipe and it definitely did not disappoint! I’m not a huge fan of turkey but I have learned that I actually love it in most of Gina’s recipes…and I’d say this one may just be one of my new favorites. The best part, I swear it tasted even better the next day! I must have shared the link to this recipe with almost all of my friends. Thank you for all the great recipes, Gina! 🙂

  13. This was so easy and delicious! I made your enchilada sauce last night so it was ready to use tonight for the meatloaf. I put jalapenos on half so my kids could enjoy mild and my hubby and I could have a little heat. Thanks for all the great recipes!!!

  14. Omgsh! My bf and I were so shocked at how tasty this was! A I’ve never had meatloaf in my life, and this was the first one I ever tried/made. I’m in love! This will definitely be in my weeknight dinner reptorire from now on. I love skinnytaste recipes in general but especially ones like this that are both healthy and filling. We split it between two people with no side and there’s still a slice or two leftover for lunch tomorrow. Thank you Gina for sharing!!

  15. You never disappoint. This was super tasty and easy to make. I had to use Salsa Verde, but not enough spice. I am thinking of using your enchilada sauce from your chicken enchilada recipe. I love that sauce.
    This was a hit in my house.

  16. Just curious if anyone thinks you could make two and freeze one? I bought a three pound pack of turkey and thought it would be easy to double everything but not sure how it would be frozen?

  17. So full of flavor! Delicious!

  18. OMG this was delicious. It really tasted like an enchilada but much easier to make. I took the rest of the corn, black beans and green chilies , heated it up and ate on side with brown rice.  Husband said put this on rotation when we both went for seconds!  Thanks Gina!

  19. I’m not a fan of ground turkey but this was great. We will add this to our rotation. Thanks Gina.

  20. Made this last night and it was delicious! I didn’t realize I didn’t have a can of green chilies so I substituted jarred salsa. I served it with cilantro lime rice (yummy too).   Leftovers heated nicely in the microwave.  Oh yeah, I used regular oats and you didn’t notice them at all in the finished meatloaf. 

  21. This was delcious!

  22. This was a great way to spice up my weeknight dinners!  Both my husband and I enjoyed it and would make it again. We had zucchini with it; I used the Trader Joe’s ‘Everything but the Elote’ seasoning for the zucchini.

    I used what I had in the house to make this. I had some leftover 99% ground turkey so I mixed that in with 93% ground turkey (bonus – less WW points too!). I didn’t have scallions so I used onions. I also didn’t have a can of green chiles so I drained some green hatch chile salsa and used that. A few subs, but I really wanted to try this.  It was all good!  The meatloaf was a fun twist on a traditional meatloaf and I imagine it only gets better with the actual SKTaste ingredients listed. 😆  Also, I made the SKTaste enchilada sauce – delicious and easy!

    Love, love, love your recipes!!  

  23. I made this meatloaf. It was delicious, my husband ate three healpings. I’m on WW and I love your recipes. I make them often.

  24. I made this tonight. It does require some time to put everything together but it is so worth it. Turkey can be somewhat bland, but this recipe is not at all. Healthy and delicious!!

  25. Anybody reduce the turkey to one pound or round it up to 2lbs since they come in 1lb packages? Should I just increase the bread crumbs? Thanks!

    • Amelia, did you ever receive an answer to your question?  I was wondering the same thing.  
      Thanks!

    • I scaled the recipe down to use a 1 lb package of turkey with no problem.  Just multiply the amount of each ingredient by .67 and don’t worry about being too precise.  I used an entire egg.

  26. This is delicious! The entire family approved and the kids want to make sure that it goes on our list of meals to make frequently! 

  27. Just curious- when I put everything in the recipe builder, I get 1-2 points for a serving. But when I put the nutritional info in the point calculator, I get 7 points. Is that because there are 3 plans?

  28.  Can I use breadcrumbs instead of oats?

  29. I am an enchilada addict and when I saw this recipe I had to try it. You have the BEST enchilada recipes! This was such  a fun and delicious spin on meatloaf. My husband made me promise I will make this again. Thank you for sharing!

  30. Wow!  This has immediately become our favorite ground turkey recipe – so flavorful and moist.  Followed directions exactly except for scaling it to use 1 lb of meat.  I made your enchilada sauce – already a household favorite – and served two SkinnyTaste sides – cilantro lime rice and roasted carrots with ginger.  

  31. This was really good!  I cooked mine on a Traeger grill set at 350 and followed the instructions for time from the recipe.  I used the Traeger because I had it going for something else and decided to take advantage of it being ready to go. Thanks Gina for another great recipe.

  32. Absolutely loved this recipe.  My only gripe is opening a can of corn and a can of black beans and only using a small amount. But that’s a minor thing.  I can use them soon.  My husband loved it!

  33. I’m making this for a meal train drop off. I would like to make individual portions so they could freeze if they have too much food at once. Should I just bake for a shorter time? 

  34. This was delicious. Followed the recipe exactly with the exception of leaving out the corn because the husband has a weird corn texture aversion lol. Love this twist on meatloaf. Served with Mexican rice and salad. Thank you! Will definitely be adding this to the rotation. 🙂

  35. This is VERY VERY good!! It’s got a ton of flavor and is not dry at all. I served it with a sautéed combination of fresh corn cut from the cob and zucchini with garlic salt.  Big hit and very easy weeknight dinner! Thanks Gina! 

  36. Has anyone tried it with green enchilada sauce? Tomatoes bother my stomach so I thought about tying with green sauce?? Gina, any thoughts?   Thx so much! 

  37. Could we get an idea on the serving size in ounces or grams?  

  38. If I take the beans out, should I replace with a different ingredient?

  39. Made this last night with your cilantro lime rice and loved it. With the remains of the bought ingredients I plan to make the quinoa enchilada bake later this week. 

  40. I would love to make this and get the WW points down. Do you think it would be awful with 99% fat free turkey?

  41. Absolutely delicious! We all love it!

  42. I wasn’t quite sure how my husband and I were going to like this recipe. We loved it and I will make it again. I omitted the black beans and added a little shredded cheese to the mix. 

  43. This tastes just like enchiladas!  Delish.  

  44. This was INSANELY good!! 

  45. Could we get how freestyle points this is. Not using weight watches new point system

  46. Most of what I cook are your recipes Gina. Your basic turkey meatloaf is one of my favorites so I’m looking forward to trying this one. I have always substituted oats for the breadcrumbs so I’m happy to see it in this recipe. Thanks again for all your fabulous recipes!

  47. Can it be prepared the day before, refrigerated overnight and then baked the next day?

  48. Gina, if you had to leave the egg out due to an allergy would you increase the bread crumbs? Thx so much!!!

  49. Just wondering, is there a reason you don’t bake this in a loaf pan? Seems like it would be easier/less messy. Sounds delicious in any case. Thanks

    • I almost never bake mine in a loaf pan especially if it’s beef because I like the fat to drain out. I keep it moist with add ins. My turkey or chicken I’d do in a loaf pan. Besides, I like making fun shapes! I make JET footballs, MET baseballs, chickens, school bus, shamrocks, hearts, pumpkins, Christmas trees and I decorate with tomatoes, peppers, olives, whatever. 😊

      • I make the skinny taste mini Turkey loaves all the time! I love this fun shape idea thanks!! 

    • I like to get a crust all over the loaf rather just on top. I never use a loaf pan.

  50. What can I use instead of quick oats? 
    Thanks!!

  51. This sounds so good!! Adding it to my meal plan for next week 🙂