Skinny Mexican Meatloaf


mexican meatloaf

Get ready to make an extremely delicious meatloaf!  Very different from a traditional one…It has all the great flavors of Mexican food in one skinny loaf.  It’s so low in calories and fat thanks to using extra lean ground beef and free forming the loaf on  a cookie sheet instead of baking in a loaf pan. The fat from the beef oozes out onto the pan instead of staying in the meatloaf.  A generous 3 slice serving has 215 calories, 8 grams fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time 1 hour


1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey, see shopping tips

1 cup red or yellow onions, chopped

½ cup red bell pepper, chopped

½ cup corn (cut off the cob) or frozen and thawed

½ cup salsa plus ½ cup for topping, I love Pace Chunky Salsa (medium) or your favorite

1 ounce (~⅓ cup) reduced-fat tortilla chips, crushed, see shopping tips

2 egg whites

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with foil.

3. In a large bowl, combine beef, onions, red bell pepper, corn, ½ cup salsa, crushed tortilla chips, egg whites, and a little pepper. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

4. Place meatloaf mixture in center of cookie sheet and shape by hand, into a 12 x 4 inch loaf.

5. Spread remaining ½ cup salsa evenly over the top of loaf.  Add more, if desired.

6. Bake 1 hour and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Cut into 12 slices.

Serves 4 (each serving 3 slices)

Healthy Benefits

Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef is a terrific, healthy choice. It has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 ounces.
Free forming the loaf cuts the calories and fat down even further.

Salsa is actually a very healthy food. Thanks to the tomatoes, onions and chilies, it’s heart healthy and can help to prevent certain types of cancer.  A ½-cup serving of salsa contains approximately 35 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 0 fat.

Shopping Tips

I used Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef.  Most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef or use lean ground turkey, if desired.

I used Trader Joe’s organic reduced-fat tortilla chips. There are several brands of baked tortilla chips in the supermarkets such as Guiltless Gourmet or Baked Tositos Scoops.

Serving Tips

Serve with my recipe for, Skinny Garlic Green Beans or Grilled or Broiled Parmesan Corn or Incredible Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob  . Or even, warmed corn tortillas and a simple salad.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 3 slices (1 serving)
215 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat. fat, 60mg chol, 25g protein, 20g carbs, 4g fiber, 577mg sodium, 5g sugar

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23 Responses to “Skinny Mexican Meatloaf”

  1. Skinny Mexican Meatloaf, Mmm

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  3. Frank - Says:

    Hi Nancy,

    You have an amazing blog! I am a huge meatloaf fan & can’t wait to try this one, it looks awesome, thanks! Frank

  4. admin Says:

    How sweet Frank…Thank you! Enjoy!!!

  5. Lindsey Says:

    I can’t get over how amazing and crisp your photos are! This looks fantastic. 🙂

  6. admin Says:

    Wow thanks Lindsey! I take all of my photos right after I create the dish. A real amature but with passion…
    Hey, you made my day!
    With best wishes,

  7. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile Says:

    I love your recipes, pinning several, this meatloaf looks delicious. I would love for you to stop by my link party going on now over at
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks for the invite Wanda Ann. I’ll stop by to share this on your link party, Memories by the Mile!

  9. Frank - Says:

    Hi Nancy, it’s Frank again…LOVED your meatloaf, soo happy I found your blog! Looking forward to trying some more great ones! Frank

  10. admin Says:

    Fantastic Frank…Thank you!
    My best,

  11. Mexi Meatloaf « HomeLifeWithMrsB Says:

    […] Man oh man do I have a recipe for you to try. I’m not much of a meatloaf fan. I’ve only had my mother’s meatloaf (recipe for that coming soon) . My husband loves meatloaf and request it often. However, I didn’t want him to have the same ole same. He would have been ok with it but I thought I’d try something different. So in my quest for a different meatloaf and didn’t look gross, I came across this Recipe. […]

  12. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you all loved my meatloaf recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it on your site Mrs B!
    With my best wishes,

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  14. admin Says:

    Thanks so very much for sharing my recipe! I’m delighted you liked it.
    With my very best wishes,

  15. Michelle Liew Says:

    Delicious! Love to try more Mexican food!

  16. Linda Roy - elleroy was here Says:

    Excellent! I’ve been looking for a good Mexican meatloaf recipe!

  17. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Linda. Thanks for hosting your link party each week!

  18. admin Says:

    Thanks Michelle…Enjoy!

  19. PM Kester Says:

    This sounds very interesting!

  20. Tracy Says:

    Is the red pepper referring to red bell pepper, or a different kind of pepper?

  21. admin Says:

    Tracy it’s red bell pepper. Sorry for the confusion. I just clarified it on the recipe.
    My best,

  22. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist Says:

    This looks wonderful. Meat loaf is a favorite and am always looking for ways to mix it up.

  23. admin Says:

    Oh good Michelle. Enjoy!

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