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Healthy Meatloaf

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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)


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion, red pepper and garlic in oil until tender. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs, chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, 2/3 cup diced tomatoes with green chilies, yogurt and egg. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into a loaf and place in an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon the remaining diced tomatoes over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Drain if necessary; let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 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.
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  • Jae
    Apr 26, 2020

    Delicious! It does taste more light and healthy than traditional meatloaf, but that is not a bad thing. It has great flavor!

  • trixiejo302
    Nov 3, 2015

    This meatloaf is good. We have had to change the way we cook and eat since a family member's recent diabetes diagnosis and this fits the bill. I used steel cut oats instead of bread crumbs, and I used sour cream in place of the yogurt simply because that's what I had on hand. I also threw in about a half cup of ground flax seed to boost protein and Omega 3's. I was impressed and so was my family. This one is a keeper and I loved the Tex-Mex flavors.

  • autumnjewel
    Apr 3, 2011

    My husband told me it was the best meatloaf he's eaten and told me to keep the recipe and make it again. Thank you Mary Relyea for sharing your recipe.

  • Gabrielle Schroader
    Feb 24, 2011

    Very good the night I served it. For some reason, it was FANTASTIC as leftovers.

  • Mrs. MKS
    Feb 8, 2011

    My husband loved all the meat!

  • cee-jay
    Feb 8, 2011

    Where is the photo as published in my Healthy Cooking magazine?

  • jdaclc04
    Feb 7, 2011

    Success! Children and hubby had second helpings.