Fiesta Turkey Loaf Recipe – Family Favorites

Fiesta Turkey Loaf is loaded with the Mexican flavors you love.
Fiesta Turkey Loaf Recipe

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.

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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

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By Peggy Filippone

Peggy Filippone is a food journalist, cookbook author, food industry professional, and passionate home cook based in South Florida. She has created thousands of recipes which have been shared to millions of readers around the world.

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