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Holiday-Inspired Turkey Meatloaf

A touch of chipotle adds heat to turkey with all the trimmings in this Thanksgiving-inspired recipe.

October 31, 2017

This easy and scrumptious meatloaf might become a holiday tradition. A touch of chipotle adds heat to the flavor of turkey with all the trimmings. Comfort food at its best!

Serves four to six people. 


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced, or 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried parsley, sage and thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • 1/3 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder, or to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray a standard 5-by-9-inch loaf pan.

With your hands, mix all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl, just until blended. Do not overmix. Gently pat mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Top with the cranberry mixture.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before turning out of pan. Flip onto a plate, then turn the loaf right side up so there is topping on both the top and bottom.

Delicious with hot mashed potatoes.

Cook’s note: For spices such as the chipotle powder that you need for a specific recipe, try the bulk section at your grocer’s. Try adding heat with cayenne instead of chipotle, or use your favorite spicy BBQ sauce.