Sassy Salsa Meat Loaves Recipe
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Sassy Salsa Meat Loaves Recipe

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Here's a twist on classic meat loaf that can be made ahead and will last for a few days afterward. Leftovers reheat easily in microwave for a few minutes. —Tasha Tully, Owings Mills, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 237 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 634mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook rice according to package directions; cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine tomato sauce, 1/2 cup salsa, onion, egg, celery, parsley, cilantro, garlic and seasonings; stir in rice. Add beef and turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Shape into two 8x4-in. loaves on a greased rack in a broiler pan. Bake 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  3. Spread with remaining salsa; sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. Freeze option: Bake meat loaves without topping. Cool; securely wrap in plastic wrap, then foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaves; place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Reheat in a preheated 350° oven 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°; top as directed. Yield: 2 loaves (6 servings each).
Originally published as Sassy Salsa Meat Loaves in Light Recipes 2015, px

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