Main Course: Santa Fe Style Pork Meatloaf


Classic meatloaf takes a south-of-the-border twist when topped with a sweet chili tomato sauce.

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb or 454 grams lean ground pork, thawed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped


  • 2 teaspoons jarred crushed garlic or 4 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (add more for extra spice)
  • *1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)

Directions for Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°C.
  2. In a medium bowl, pour the warm milk over the bread. Let sit for a minute. With a fork mash the bread until almost smooth.
  3. Beat in the egg.
  4. Add the pork and onion. Using a stirring spoon or your hands, blend the mixture until all the ingredients are combined and it holds together.
  5. Press the meatloaf into a large loaf pan.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together the sauce ingredients.
  7. Top the meatloaf with the sauce and cover with a piece of aluminum foil.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for the remaining 15 minutes.

For a balanced meal, serve with rice and cooked frozen vegetables. This recipe can be easily doubled and leftovers are delicious stuffed into a sandwich.

283 Calories (kcal), 15.6 g Fat, 309 mg Sodium, 1.7 g Fibre, 21 g Protein per serving.

Recipe provided and tested by Suzanne Hajto, Registered Dietitian.

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