My family loves meatloaf, but for the most part I’ve gotten bored with it. Over the years I’ve made it many ways. I’ve used bread, oats or crackers as binders. I’ve used milk for moisture. I’ve used a variety of different meats including beef and pork. I’ve sautéed my vegetables prior to assembly and I’ve used them raw. I’ve tried really hard not to overwork the meat in hopes of keeping it tender. They all make great meatloaves. In my family there are a few things though that never change…my daughter hates when I cook tomato sauce on top of the meatloaf, meatloaf must be served with ketchup on the side and I hate bland meatloaf.
This recipe makes my whole family happy. My husband likes that it has no carbs from bread, my daughter loves that it doesn’t have baked on tomato sauce and I love the spiciness that comes from a jalapeno (if you choose) and the spicy ketchup sauce. It is also extremely moist. I call it confetti turkey meatloaf because of the beautiful colors of the peppers and onion. It really looks like confetti.
The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change up the vegetables any way your family prefers. You can use any assortment of peppers or onions, you can add a jalapeno if you want to spice it up a bit or you can even spread some of the spicy ketchup sauce on top before you bake it. To be honest, you could totally bake this meatloaf up just for sandwiches. Now that’s comfort food.