Southwest-Style Turkey Meatloaf

Southwest-Style Turkey Meatloaf
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Source: The Create-Your-Plate Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Mittera.

A nice way to add whole grains into protein dishes—such as meatloaf, hamburgers, and meatballs—is to use quick-cooking oats instead of regular bread crumbs. The fiber in the oats has been shown to help lower cholesterol.

Complete your Plate: For a classic "meat-and-potatoes" meal, pair with Mashed Red Potatoes. Add a Green Salad with Orange and Avocado for a balanced meal. 

Find this recipe and more in The Create-Your-Plate Diabetes Cookbook, by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND


  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    1 hr
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 slice
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 slice
  • Amount per serving Calories 220

  • Total Fat 8g
    • Saturated Fat 2.4g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 110mg
  • Sodium 400mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 5g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 20g
  • Potassium 410mg
  • Phosphorus 250mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 3 Lean protein, 1/2 Fat



  • nonstick cooking spray
  • lean ground turkey
    1 1/2 lbs
  • quick cooking oats
    1 cup
  • yellow onion (finely chopped)
    1 large
  • eggs (beaten)
  • green bell pepper (finely diced)
  • ketchup
    1/2 cup
  • garlic (minced)
    3 clove
  • chili powder
    1 tbsp
  • ground cumin
    2 tsp
  • dried oregano
    1 tsp
  • salt
    1/2 tsp
  • black pepper
    1/4 tsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9 × 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients to a large bowl. Gently mix the ingredients until well combined.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, using the back of the spoon or a spatula to even out the top. Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake until a thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 165°F, 1 hour.

  • Recommended

    Excellent recipe! I am not a good cook but this came out wonderful. So moist. I will make this again.

  • Recommended

    I was hesitant about this recipe, but oh my gosh!!! It was so delicious. I don't know how to tell my mom that i will not be using her recipe anymore. The only change I made was switching orange and yellow bell peppers for green.LOVE IT

  • Recommended

    This is a very good and tasty meatloaf. I was concerned that it would be dry but it was so moist. My husband loved it too, and this is definitely a keeper and is going into our meal rotation. My husband just suggested having it again tomorrow night. I highly recommend this recipe. So good.

  • Recommended

    I can't believe how delish this meatloaf is. This has become my husband and sister's favorite ..thought I'd have leftovers for lunch the next day....fat chance!