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Old 01-19-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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Breezy Spicy Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

I LOVE experimenting with meatloaf recipes. Have tried & saved a gazillion of them. And when the local markets have a sale on 3# packages of ground turkey, that's a sign from heaven to me that it's time to try something new - lol!! So last night I threw this one together, & it turned out so well that my dear husband, who normally just has a slice or two, went back for 2 helpings & insisted I add this to my regular meatloaf lineup. Served it with some fresh green beans topped with butter & stewed tomatoes.

Breezy Spicy Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

3 pounds ground turkey
2 medium onions, peeled & chopped
1 red (or orange or yellow) bell pepper, seeded & chopped
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped
2 “Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce”, chopped, + one tablespoon of sauce*
2 large eggs
1 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs (like Progresso brand)
Approx. 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
Approx. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
Approx. ½ tablespoon dried smoked Chipotle chili powder
1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated**
Extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil an 8 x 13 loaf pan (or terrine, 2 smaller loaf pans, or a baking sheet for a freeform loaf***).

Saute onions, bell & jalapeno peppers in a few dollops of olive oil until just softened. Add chopped Chipotles & sauce. Set aside to cool a bit.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs thoroughly with a fork. Add ground turkey, bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, chili powder, grated cheese, & cooled sautéed vegetables. Mix lightly but thoroughly with hands until ingredients are combined.

Press into loaf pan, smooth top, & bake for approx. 1 hour or until the center of the loaf registers 175-180 on an instant-read thermometer or the center of the loaf is no longer pink. (Don’t worry about the top getting too brown – that’s normal due to the high cheese content.) Remove from oven & allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice & serve as is, or topped with a spoonful or two of your favorite salsa.

* Any leftover Chipotle peppers & sauce can be stored in the fridge or freezer & added to chili, tacos, enchiladas, or any other favorite Mexican recipe.

** This is not the time to break out your pricey crumbly aged cheddar. This is the time for the innocuous inexpensive 1# block of supermarket stuff – lol!!

*** I made this in a lovely imported Williams Sonoma pottery loaf pan that’s my “go to” pan for large meat loaves. However, you can also make this in 2 smaller loaf pans, or make a freeform loaf on a baking sheet.

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