Healthy Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 21, 2023
Welcome your family in from the cold with this moist and delicious meat loaf with wonderful southwestern taco flavor. This is down-home comfort food at its healthy best! —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, divided
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; add onion and red pepper. Cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, 2/3 cup diced tomatoes with green chiles, yogurt and egg. Crumble beef over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Spoon the remaining diced tomatoes over top. Bake, uncovered, until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°, 55-60 minutes. Drain if necessary; let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 296 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.