Ground turkey and chicken can be pretty bland and dry, but this Fiesta Turkey Loaf is far from it! Salsa, tortilla chips, and cheese give it a Mexican flair that shouts flavor. The mixture also works well for turkey burgers. You may use whatever type of tortilla chips you prefer, but I like the nacho flavored ones best. You may well find this meatloaf replacing your favorite beef meatloaf. It is truly that good!
Fiesta Turkey Loaf Recipe
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound chicken sausage, casings removed and discarded (may substitute pork sausage)
1 cup prepared chunky salsa (spicy or mild), divided use
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips (measured after crushing)
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup diced sweet green bell pepper (sweet capsicum)
3/4 cup fine-shredded pepperjack, Monterey Jack cheese, or Mexican cheese blend, divided use
1 Tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground roast cumin or traditional cumin powder
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Using a large serving fork, combine turkey, chicken sausage, 1/2 cup of the salsa, eggs, crushed tortilla chips, onions, bell peppers, 1/2 cup of the cheese, cilantro, salt, cumin, pepper, and liquid smoke. Mix until well-combined, but do not over-mix.
Spoon the mixture into a meatloaf pan (I suggest the type with an insert that drains into a bottom pan, like this). Top with the remaining 1/2 cup salsa and 1/4 cup cheese.
Bake for 1 hour. Drain any liquid, then let rest for 15 minutes before cutting the turkey meatloaf to serve.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Fiesta Turkey Loaf Recipe Photo ©2021 Peggy Filippone