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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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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99 comments

  1. Can this be made with ground chicken instead?

  2. This was delicious! I will definitely make it again! Probably as soon as next week! LOL

  3. I made this and slimmed down the ingredients to accommodate 1lb of turkey and cooked according to the petite meatloaf recipe found in O&D. It turned out great! My toddler is a huge fan of meatloaf and while I’m not, I am a fan of enchiladas. This was excellent. A

  4. Absolutely delicious!  
    I had relatives come in from out of town and even though you aren’t suppose to try new recipes for company, I tried this. Everyone loved it. It was a big success.

  5. Outstanding! Moist, flavorful, and super easy to make. Perfect!

  6. This is absolutely delicious! Easy prep too. 

  7. I cooked this in the crockpot and it turned out great!

  8. Wanting to eat healthier is one thing, but when you are forced to change your diet due to a life event, it can be really difficult to find good food. So searching for flavor and pleasure in eating can be difficult to say the least. We were so happy to have found this wonderful recipe. It is delish and one of our favorites. Turkey dries out so fast, but the oats keep it very moist. Then all of the other ingredients bring it home. Excellent recipe! Thank you for this.

  9. Yum. My husband was so skeptical about this recipe. First of all, he said meatloaf is supposed to be beef and then he said he didn’t think enchiladas mixed with meatloaf lol. I told him I know it’s good cause it’s from Gina. Haha you are a staple in this household. But guess who had seconds… he did. Very good, even my 3 year old liked it, who is the hardest person to please. Thanks again.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

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

  15. 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🤷‍♀️.

  16. 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! 

  17. 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.

  18. 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💕

  19. 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.

  20. 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!