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Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf

Make dinnertime fun with this Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf made with extra lean ground turkey, fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and lime juice.

Make dinnertime fun with this Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf made with extra lean ground turkey, fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and lime juice.

I have no idea what made me think of adding fresh limes to my ground turkey the other day, but I was certainly glad I did because this Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf was incredible!

The summer always make me crave foods that are light and refreshing and cooking with limes and cilantro certainly do the trick. I originally wanted to make these as burgers, but as soon as I was about to prepare them, we had this deluge of rain come down and I wasn’t about to stand outside and grill them.  If you have some jalepeno peppers, add them as well to give it more of a kick!

Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf

For this recipe you’ll need extra lean ground turkey, tomatoes, onion, garlic, fresh cilantro and lime juice. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl; then form into a rectangular shape and place in an oven proof baking dish. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees F and cut into six portions. My family really liked this meatloaf and it has such a nice light flavor. Serve this with Lime & Cilantro Roasted Cauliflower and Capital Grille Mashed Potatoes (Copycat) . ~Enjoy!

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Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf
Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Make dinnertime fun with this Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf made with extra lean ground turkey, fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and lime juice.

Course: Main Entree
Servings: 6
Calories: 133 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1 lb. 99/1 Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 c. Plum Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Red Onion, grated
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp. Canola Oil or Light Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Add all ingredients together in a mixing bowl; then form into a rectangle shape and place in an oven safe baking dish. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the proper internal temperature is reached. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 315mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 36%
Vitamin C 39%
Calcium 2%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




*Nutritional information is based on specific ingredients and products used in this recipe and was calculated by; which may not be 100% accurate. The marinade is not factored into this recipe as it's discarded before cooking. 

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  1. Kathleen Richardson
    August 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Carrie, found you my first time on I love to experiment, too, sometimes for the fun of it, sometimes out of necessity. Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf is my kinda food, except I can’t eat red onions so will sub scallions, plus want to use up celery leaves in my frig so will sub them for cilantro. Don’t you just hate to buy big pre-bundled herbs when you only need a little bit? I do. That’s another reason for skipping the cilantro (which I do love). I know, I know, how can it taste as good as your original recipe with these changes?! I’m depending on the lime! I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    Keep writing…

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      August 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathleen and thank you for stopping by and commenting. I can’t wait to hear how it comes out with your substitutions. That’s the beauty of cooking, you can tweak a recipe to your liking and create an entirely new one that you like. 🙂

    • Kathleen Richardson
      August 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      Well Carrie, I think I totally distorted your wonderful recipe. 99/1% ground turkey was so expensive that I bought 94/6%. But, I cut the added oil in half to compensate. Tomatoes from my garden (who would have thought tomatoes would taste so good in a turkey loaf!). Green onion in place of red and garlic powder in place of fresh garlic (my stomach thanked me for that!). Celery leaves in place of cilantro ($2.99 for a tiny bunch of cilantro, ugh!). And guess what… I went off to the supermarket with list in hand, including a lime. I came home, unpacked… Wait, that’s yellow, that’s a lemon! Oh, well. I used half the zest and half the juice ’cause lemons are so much bigger than limes. So, you see what I mean about distorting your recipe? But, Carrie, it was delicious, really delicious, so thanks for steering me toward this new way of handling ground turkey.

      Keep writing…

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      August 23, 2012 at 1:10 am - Reply

      Hi Kathleen, I’m sorry you had a hard time with the ingredients but LOVE the fact that you improvised and it came out delicious! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  2. Julia @The Roasted Root
    August 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I love making meatloaf with ground turkey but tend to make it the same way every time. I’m excited to try your recipe for the next round to change up the flavors to be fiesta-style. Looks great!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      August 22, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Julia, I hope you like it!

  3. Agness of Run Agness Run
    June 28, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    This is an excellent recipe! I would love to prepare it for my next lunch, Carrie!

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