Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe
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Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

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This is no ordinary meat loaf - the recipe is so good it's been passed down in our family for three generations. The zesty seasoning gives the flavor a spark. I remember Mom's delicious meals. She loved to serve this meat loaf. -Linda Nilsen, Anoka, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional ketchup

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 179 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 569mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Drizzle top of loaf with ketchup; bake 15 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Best Meat Loaf in Taste of Home December/January 1995 , p37

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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lolohiser User ID: 5362556 267651
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

"Will definitely make it again"

Kasha User ID: 179140 260894
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"wow, only had horseradish mayo so used some of that instead, this got rave reviews!"

suefalk User ID: 6736080 258839
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2016

"So savory! Next time I'll omit the allspice and sugar, but overall a great recipe."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 246961
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Really good recipe! A nice change from the normal meatloaf! Should have doubled the recipe for leftovers :)"

Pat Bonanno User ID: 5205734 244801
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"This is the best meatloaf I've ever had. I've been making this for a few years now, family loves it. Instead of using ketchup on top, I use a small can of tomato sauce, 1 TBL of brown sugar, and 1/12 tsps of lemon juice."

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 221729
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Our favorite meatloaf..I am not a meat loaf lover and have tried so many different recipes to find one I like too. This did it for me.I topped mine with hot bbq sauce with a touch of mustard in it though instead of ketchup."

scotth2103 User ID: 5543668 1437
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I've used this recipe for a few years myself and I always get rave reviews from friends and family whenever I make it. Best meatloaf recipe in my mind."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 4162
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"This is a good and unique tasting meatloaf, but I am going to keep searching."

pastagrammie User ID: 5636060 2529
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"Very good. We all love it."

tina2006 User ID: 6202745 198983
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"I have been using this recipe for several years. I LOVE IT! No one else's meatloaf ever compares and when I tell people what is in it they think I'm crazy until they try it. I have shared this with so many wives and new brides!"

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