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Remember those crazy delicious 7-layer dip deep fried taquitos that I made for Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans? Well, we decided to try out another recipe using the same refried beans and this turkey meatloaf was quite adventurous for me. I know, meatloaf seems the opposite of adventurous, but other than this meatloaf recipe I’ve never really had one that I love. Until now.  This meatloaf is to die for delicious and so moist!

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Both Mr. Handsome and I feel that many meatloaf recipes are so dry and grainy in texture. It’s like a bad hamburger. We lightened things up with turkey versus ground beef and threw out a little Mexican love with a delicious enchilada theme, which is where the secret ingredient comes from. Old El Paso Refried Beans, baby! Alright, I’ll admit that putting refried beans in meatloaf does sound a little crazy, but honestly they kept the meat together and really moist. Plus we added an egg and Panko breadcrumbs from Progresso to help.

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So now that we’ve gotten everything all tender and moist, we needed to bump up the flavor. I mean, this is enchilada meatloaf right?! We stuffed this baby full of Tillamook Pepperjack cheese (you all know how I feel about my dairy) and cumin and chili powder seasoning. And I promise it is not spicy at all. All of these things just provide and umph of spice and depth of flavor to the meat. Once everything was placed in the loaf pan we decided to really make this like an enchilada and we whipped up a delicious enchilada sauce to pour over the top.

#Turkey Enchilada Meatloaf with a secret #ingredient that keeps this meal moist and delicious. #recipe ohsweetbasil.com

That sauce keeps the meat wonderful and adds a yummy dip for serving. It was really simple to make too. Just three ingredients and you can use the leftover for real enchiladas later in the week. Ohhhhh, actually that’s a good idea! I totally need to do that! We used Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce, Cacique Crema (or sour cream if you can’t find it) and honey. That’s it! Easy peasy, and the whole family will love it. We served ours with a big salad full of pico de gallo, avocado, veggies, and a spicy ranch dressing.

Is Ground Turkey Healthier Than Ground Beef?

Ground turkey is slightly higher in cholesterol than ground beef.

Turkey is a lean protein, but, if you buy lean ground beef, 95% lean, it is about the same as lean ground turkey.

Ground turkey is usually less expensive than lean ground beef.

What Kind Of Beans Are Used In Refried Beans?

Refried beans are most commonly made from pinto beans.

Pinto beans are high in fiber, which helps to stabilize blood sugar, and improve digestive health.

What Are Panko Bread Crumbs Made From?

Panko is made from bread baked by electrical current, which yields a bread without a crust, and then grinding the bread to create fine slivers of crumb.

Turkey Meatloaf Enchilada Style

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#Turkey Enchilada Meatloaf with a secret ingredient that keeps this meal moist and delicious. #recipe ohsweetbasil.com

Turkey Meatloaf Enchilada Style

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 6
This meatloaf is to die for delicious and so moist!


  • 1 1/2 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup Refried Beans Old El Paso Traditional
  • 1 Cup Pepperjack Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt and Pepper

For the Sauce

  • 1 Cup Enchilada Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Crema Mexicana
  • 1/2 Cup Honey


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the turkey in a large bowl. Add the refried beans, egg, chili powder, cumin, panko bread crumbs, cheese and salt and pepper. Stir everything together, being careful not to overmix.
  • Press the meat loaf mixture into a small loaf pan, and set in the fridge, covered, for 10-15 minutes. [b]see note[/b]
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the enchilada sauce, crema mexicana and honey.
  • Remove the meat loaf from the fridge and pour the enchilada sauce over the top. We had some left over which we reserved for enchiladas later in the week.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, tented with tinfoil for 10-15 minutes so the meat doesn't break apart when you are trying to remove that first piece.


If you cannot find Crema Mexicana (it's found in the cheese section) you may substitute sour cream.
Meat loaf will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Meatloaf Enchilada Style
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 865mg38%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 562IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 167mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I made this for dinner tonight. I added chopped onions and used a layer of sliced pepper jack between two layers of the turkey mixture. My husband said it looked bad as it was cooking, but then he loved it…and so did the rest of the family! I always struggle with what to do with ground turkey, so thanks for a new, very delicious option!

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    • I’m so glad! And what a great idea with the pepperjack!

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  • Tengo bastante de tiempo mirando su blog

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  • This sounds awesome! But I am trying to eat healthy ! Would you say that this is pretty healthy ? Or should I go with something else !? Lol

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    • We eat pretty healthy too and these are on our good list. Obviously we put a small amount of cheese inside and use a nonstick pan so we don’t have to add and oil, plus no pasta keeps it lighter!

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  • My boyfriend has been begging me to make meatloaf lately… this one might actually be the perfect compromise for my non meatloaf loving heart!!! Looks incredible!

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  • Wow! What a fun variation of meatloaf!! Love the adventurous refried beans too! 😀

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  • Okay, girl .. you have me drooling! I LOVE meatloaf and I LOVE enchiladas. Combining the two into some kind of magical fusion dinner is brilliant!

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  • Such a brilliant version of a meatloaf 🙂 my husband would adore this!

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  • Whoa! Beans in meatloaf – it sounds so adventurous…and delicious! I’m a sucker for anything Mexican so this is right up my alley 🙂 and I love that you pour enchilada sauce over the top! Yum!

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    • totally different huh? You can’t even tell they are in there, but they keep everything moist and flavorful. And I’m all about the Mexican. Someday we should grab a bunch of bloggers and have mexican

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  • What a great idea to put beans in the meatloaf…I am really loving the fun mexican twist to the meatloaf! I think I need this soon!!!

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  • What was the spicy ranch you used on your salad?
    Store bought or homemade?

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  • I love the out-of-the-box flavors you’ve infused into this! Sounds super tasty!

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  • Oh, Sweet Basil…I bet you would love my meatloaf recipe. I start with sautéing finely diced carrots, onions, celery, and bell pepper…and the selfishness just goes from there! I’ll share if you would like to have it, but I’m almost embarrassed to say that because I’m just a housewife and crazy cook! But I love good food.

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    • I’d love to hear your recipe! Feel free to email it over any time. I bet you’re a wonderful cook.

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  • Such a fun twist on meatloaf. Love how you spiced it up.

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    • thanks Barbara!

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  • This looks like one heck of a meatloaf! I feel like I want to cover it in sauce and cheese and then broil it. haha. Either way- looks fanTASTIC!!

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    • Ohhhh I totally should have added more cheese on top! Good idea!

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  • Yay for comfort food! This meatloaf is beautiful lady! love it!

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    • Thank you!!!

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  • Yay for yet another Taco Tuesday recipe!

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  • Oh I want this!!!

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  • I love that you put refried beans in it. I cannot wait to make it!

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    • Kinda crazy, but it totally worked. Thanks, D!!

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  • I love this idea!!! Probably the best meatloaf recipe I have seen!!

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  • I love meatloaf. I know that some people don’t like the texture or the way that it taste. But this variation might be good for them to try — I love it.

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  • I love meatloaf! Love the idea of enchilada style!!

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  • Love this idea! I adore meatloaf!!!

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    • Thanks, C! I’m so glad it worked and happens to be crazy delicious!

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  • You know, sometimes you see pictures of meatloaf and you think “I’ll pass”, but I have to say this is the most delicious looking meatloaf! I love the enchilada flavor too! What a great dinner idea.

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    • I’d say almost every time my answer is, “neh I better not”. Not a huge meat loaf fan, so I really didn’t think this would work, but oh my goodness it’s good!!!

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