Southwest Turkey Meat Loaf

A low-fat makeover with a shot of Southwestern seasonings.

Southwest Turkey Meatloaf

Serves: 4


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen bell pepper strips, drained
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup baked tortilla chips, crushed (see note below)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Hot-Pepper Sauce or Taco Sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8″ x 4″ loaf pan with no-stick spray.
  2. Warm the oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, pepper mix, garlic and jalapeno peppers. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, and cumin.
  3. Place the egg in a large bowl. Beat lightly. Add the grounded up tortilla chips, vinegar, tomato sauce, onion mixture and turkey. Season with salt, black pepper,and taco sauce. Mix well.
  4. Spoon into prepared loaf pan, smooothing out the top. Place the loaf pan in oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Note: Baking your own tortillas is easy to do. In this recipe, I used homemade tortillas using Mission Carb Balance Tortillas and by using my food processor, I was able to ground them up before adding them to the turkey mixture.

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  4. I actually used my food processor to ground up the tortillas. It works really well and if you’re looking for low carbs, Mission Carb Balance tortillas work perfectly!

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