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?
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.
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 “meat muffins” 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.
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- 1 pound ground chicken (or lean ground turkey or beef)
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed (or canned corn)
- ¾ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- ¾ cup barbecue sauce, divided (more, if desired for serving)
- ½ cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick oats)
- ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion (more, if desired for serving)
- ½ cup minced parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 egg white
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a muffin tin (12 wells) generously with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the chicken, corn, black beans, ½ cup barbecue sauce, oats, green onion, parsley, oregano, salt, egg and egg white. Mix until thoroughly combined but do not overmix.
- Divide mixture evenly between each of the 12 wells in the prepared muffin tin. Brush top of each mini meatloaf with remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove from the oven and let the meatloaves cool for 10 minutes. Use a fork or a small spatula to remove meatloaves from tins.
- Serve meatloaves with sliced green onions and/or barbecue sauce, if desired.
- Substitute ground turkey or lean ground beef, if desired.
- Ketchup can be substituted for the BBQ sauce.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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