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Taco Turkey Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 70 min. + standing


2 loaves (8 servings each)

Updated: Jan. 06, 2023
After buying a supersized package of ground turkey, I made this spicy taco turkey meat loaf using what I had on hand. It's now become a family favorite! I serve it for tailgating parties and it's delicious the next day for sandwiches. —Holly Battiste, Barrington, New Jersey
Taco Turkey Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into two 7-1/2x4-1/2-in. loaves. Place in a greased shallow baking pan.
  2. Bake 1 hour. Mix together topping ingredients; spread over loaves. Bake until a thermometer reads 165°, 10-15 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Can you freeze Taco Turkey Meat Loaf?

Bake meat loaves without sauce. Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaves in foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaves and place in a greased shallow baking pan. Prepare topping as directed; spread over meat loaves. Reheat in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Substitute salsa for tomato sauce.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 211 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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