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?

Front view of one meatloaf on brown plate, garnished with slice green onion. Text overlay reads "southwestern Mini Meatloaves."

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.

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

Overhead view of meatloaf on plate with sliced green onion and drizzled with barbecue sauce.

About this Mini Meatloaf Recipe

While this recipe isn’t meatless, it’s a good way to eat less meat. The ground chicken is mixed with black beans, corn, egg, and oats to increase the protein, fiber, and veggies. I also add lots of chopped parsley (so good for you!) and sliced green onions. 

If you like, substitute ground turkey or lean ground beef. Either would work well so if you have a preference, or if something is on sale, or if it just happens to be what you have in your fridge, go for it.

It takes about 10 minutes to make the meatloaf mixture. Try not to overmix it — gentle is better with meatloaf. Use a cupcake or muffin tin to bake the meatloaf. This recipe makes 12 little meatloaves. Brush the tops with barbecue sauce or ketchup if you want. 

Normally, classic meatloaf takes a good hour and a half to bake when you bake it in a loaf pan. The beauty of this mini meatloaf recipe is that these babies are ready in less than a half hour!

I serve these with more barbecue sauce. They’d be great with salsa and sour cream for more of a taco take on things. In fact, they’d be good wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. 

Front view of meatloaf on plate, with platter of more meatloaves and bowl of BBQ sauce in background.

Mini meatloaf on brown plate with more meatloaves and bowl of BBQ sauce in background.

Southwestern Mini Meatloaves

Yield: 12 mini meatloaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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?

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 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 evenly between each of the 12 wells 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°F. 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.

Notes

  • Substitute ground turkey or lean ground beef.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 mini meatloaves
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 621mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 23g

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Verdict: Love these and love that I can 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.

Meatloaf on brown plate.

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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