Cajun Meatloaf

I didn’t really grow up with meatloaf.  It wasn’t a dish my british Mom grew up with, so I actually don’t think I ate it until college. Still I know most american’s grew up on meatloaf — and sometimes it wasn’t very exciting.  Well here’s the comfort dish with a twist – Cajun Meatloaf.  With capers, dried tomatoes and jalepenos, it kicks the ordinary up a notch ….. and with ground turkey as the main meat, it’s healthy!

I served mine with chive mashed potatoes using yukon gold potatoes.  Instead of topping it with ketchup or tomato sauce, try homemade salsa or warm corn salsa.











Cajun Meatloaf (makes 1 loaf)


  • 1 Tblsp canola oil
  • 2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tblsp jalapeno, minced
  • 2 Tblsp sun-dried tomatoes, minced
  • 1/4 cup drained capers
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup skim milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  2. Heat oil over medium/low heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until soft.
  3. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with hands.
  5. Form into a loaf and place in a 9 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf pan
  6. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes: If baking this in two smaller loaf pans, reduce cooking time to 45 minutes. This is great served with homemade salsa.

This recipe comes from the ‘Great Good Food’ cookbook.





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