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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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!"

pastagrammie User ID: 5636060 3180
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"My family & I love this meat loaf. The first time I made it was in 1995 & I have made it many times since then. I double the recipe & freeze one. It is the best. Pastagrammie."

countrybuttercup User ID: 1947864 1425
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"This is one of those "keeper" recipes that you keep making over and over again and you never look for any other and somewho it becomes well known as "your" best meat loaf."

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