Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatloaf

November 17, 2015


Can you believe there’s less than 10 days until Thanksgiving? I’m definitely not ready for it just yet. But in honor of the holiday season I thought I’d share my spin on a comfort food favorite, my sweet and spicy honey sriracha meatloaf!

I never ate meatloaf growing up and though I’d see and hear about the dish all the time, we just never had it at home. It was also rare for me to have dinner at any friends’ houses when I was young, so meatloaf was always that one traditional American food item that was very unfamiliar to me.


However, when I finally tried a couple updated versions of it sometime after college, I finally understood that meatloaf is just a loaf version of one of the most delicious meaty items you can have – meatballs! I know how to make a pretty good meatball, so there had to be a way to make my own meatloaf. After a few tries at making my own meatloaf, I finally came up with this recipe which is now my go-to when I want to make something hearty, meaty, and different than rice or pasta. I love that there are veggies in it, which lightens it up and also keeps it super moist. I will say that there are definitely asian influences in the sauce due to the ingredients, but the dish definitely doesn’t taste asian – just sweet, spicy, and tender meatiness! 🙂

– 1 lb lean ground turkey
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1 red bell pepper, chopped
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
– 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
– 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
– salt and pepper
– 1/4 cup ketchup
– 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
– 2 tablespoons of honey OR brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon of sriracha


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place olive oil in a pan turned to medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and sauté until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, add ground turkey, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper and bread crumbs and mix to combine. Gently mix in the cooked onion and bell peppers.
  • Make sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a separate small bowl.
  • Put meatloaf in a loaf pan and cover with sauce, reserving half of the sauce for later. If you prefer a thinner sauce or want more of it, add a tablespoon of any stock.
  • Place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes. (this is a great time to make your sides)
  • Serve along with your favorite side(s), top with remaining sauce and enjoy!

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Just as with any meatloaf recipe, this meatloaf makes a good 4-6 hearty servings. I usually serve mine with garlic mashed potatoes and a vegetable side (like my simple glazed carrots), but you could also make this into a sandwich if you’d like! The sauce gives it a sloppy-joe feeling 🙂



What are some of your favorite comfort meals?

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