This fun southwestern mini meatloaf recipe will be a hit for adults and kids alike. Cute, tasty, and healthy — what more could you want in a little loaf of meat?

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Can you believe it is May? I can’t. I swear, time goes faster every single year. I think it’s the kids. I blame everything on the kids.

Messy house? Kids.

Messy hair? Kids.

Running late? Kids.

Muffin top? Kids.

Stretch marks? Oh my gosh — kids.

Food on my shirt? Kids. I’m just happy I made it out of the house wearing a shirt.

I blame the good stuff on them too. A whole lot of smiles and more joy than I ever knew possible. Also, these fun little meatloaf muffins. Kind of kid food because they are mini-sized and cute (as cute as meatloaf can be). Adult food too though — because of the great flavors of corn, black beans, green onions, barbecue sauce, and more.

These come in a cute little package that is perfect for kids, guests, or packing in lunches. Everyone will love them.

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I served these with barbecue sauce but actually I think they’d be great with salsa and sour cream too for more of a taco take on things. I used ground chicken but you could substitute turkey or lean ground beef if you have a preference — or if something is on sale!

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Southwestern Mini Meatloaves

This fun southwestern mini meatloaf recipe will be a hit for adults and kids alike. Cute, tasty, and healthy — what more could you want in a little loaf of meat?


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided (more if desired for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (more as garnish if desired)
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg white


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, corn, black beans, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, oats, green onion, parsley, oregano, salt, egg and egg white. Mix until thoroughly combined but do not overmix.
  3. Divide mixture into evenly between each of the 12 spots in the prepared muffin tin(s). Brush tops of each mini meatloaf with remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Rest for 10 minutes and then use a fork or a small spatula to remove from tins. Serve with extra green onions or barbecue sauce.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.


Verdict: Loved these and loved that I could feel good about eating them.

Husband’s take: It’s basically a meat muffin. What dude wouldn’t like that?

Changes I would make: None are necessary but adding a little cheese never hurt anything.

Difficulty: Easy.

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Looking for some more fun food that you can eat with your hands? Try Pizza Macaroni and Cheese Muffins, Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Sauce, or Parmesan Crusted Pizza Grilled Cheese.

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