Southwestern Mini Meatloaf Recipe

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?

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  • 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.
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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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  1. What kid friendly sides do you think go best with this meal?  I made this last week and one of my five year olds literally said, “this is the best dinner you’ve ever made!”  I slacked on the sides and just grabbed whatever we had, but now that I know it’s part of our meal rotation I need to pick up my game!                     A

    Rating: 5
  2. This is one of our favorites. Thank you!!

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  7. This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to make it for my family. My kids will love it! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. What is the website for Taste of Michigan?

  9. These look amazing! I love a southwestern take on just about anything, and the mini size might make these more appealing to my kids. My son is going through a picky eating phase, so I appreciate any ideas to make food more interesting to him. Thanks!

  10. I’m kinda sorta in love with chicken and turkey meatloaf. I’ve never met a version I didn’t love. I want yours!

  11. I have been making mini meat-loafs for quite a while. (I’m old) I put two or three croutons or a few squares of stuffing mix bread in the bottom of the muffin tins. It soaks up any grease and you just
    scrape off the bread before serving.

    • That’s a fantastic idea! It isn’t needed with these because I used very lean ground chicken but I can see how that would be super helpful with beef. Thanks for sharing!

  12. How you managed to make meatloaf look pretty and adorable at the same time is beyond me! These look and sound SO good, I don’t have any kids, but I’d gobble these up all myself — love the flavors!

  13. Such a fun way to change up meatloaf. Love the mini size.

  14. What would you serve with these wonderful little southwestern mini meatloafs?

  15. I truly lol’d about blaming your kids…I don’t have any kids yet, but we blame stuff on our dog all the time. Cracks.Me.Up! This recipe sounds super yummy, love the pictures of these!

  16. These mini meatloaves look fantastic! My kids will love them!

  17. sounds yummy–I’d have to double the recipe for my boys, those teenagers never seem to be full.

  18. these sound fabulous! i only like meatloaf in the mini form so these are perfect :)

  19. Yum!! Love the southwestern flavor profile.
    These look great!

  20. I can’t believe it’s May!! I have been craving meatloaf lately. I love what you did with these!

  21. Rachel, I love this recipe (and your commentary cracked me up too!) Ben has some kind of childhood meatloaf emotional scarring to where he says he’ll never eat it, but I’m positive he’d make an exception for these. I’ll call ’em “BBQ chicken bites” and it will be a winner.

  22. These look great and perfect for our whole family.

  23. Love this spin on meatloaf muffins!!! And I totally hear you on just being glad you remembered a shirt before leaving the house. ;-)

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