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Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe

Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe

My husband and I like basic hearty meat-and-potatoes meals. The sweet-and-sour flavor adds a deliciously different twist to this longtime standby. I hardly ever make plain meat loaf anymore. You may not, either, once you've taste this one. —Debbie Haneke, Stafford, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, salt, pepper and eggs; crumble beef over top and mix well. Add onion and half of the tomato sauce. Press into a 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the sugars, vinegar, mustard and remaining tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Pour over meat loaf; bake 10 minutes longer or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
  • 3. Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 419 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 146mg cholesterol, 969mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein

Reviews for Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"I have made this recipe for years. It is great - I don't change a thing except occasional use 1/2 ground beef & 1/2 ground turkey."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"Great easy recipe for meatloaf. Didn't have much of a sweet n sour taste, but was still very good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Love this recipe, it's easy and tasty, make it for my family often. I add green pepper and worcestershire sauce for a bit more zip. Thanks for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"I did not like this at all. I will probably feed the leftovers to the dog! This did not taste like sweet & sour at all. When I was making it I thought it seemed like a lot of sugar and it was . The meatloaf was super sweet tasting.

Neither my husband or I liked it and I will not make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

"Okay, but not great. Did not taste like sweet & sour."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"My husband loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"This was a delicious meatloaf and the sauce was fabulous! However, though we tasted the 'sweet' flavor, we couldn't really pick up the 'sour'. Should I use more cider vinegar?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Truly enjoyed this recipe. I have a standard recipe for meat loaf that is my claim to fame with my large group of friends and family, but this one is a nice change."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"This is very good! I made it exactly as written and the flavor and texture were great. The sauce really makes it. There is enough sauce to put some on the cut pieces as well as on the top. Will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"I made the recipe as given. It was very good and a delightful change from my normal recipe.

I loved the sweet and sour taste. I sure will make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, and added diced carrots and celery. It was amazing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"My husband loves meat loaf even though I'm not that big on it! So I loved finding this meat loaf with a different taste! We have Italian flavored and Mexican flavored and now we have this yummy addition!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I am loving it all!!! I will tell you when I try them! Thanks!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"A favorite meatloaf, with sweet and sour flavor - Loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"I am not a big meatloaf fan, but this meatloaf is one my family absolutely loves!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out really well. I even used 93% fat reduced ground beef, no added salt tomato sauce, and whole wheat bread crumbs. My husband says this is the best meatloaf he has ever had, which even beats his own recipe! He said this is a good departure from the traditional meatloaf. It is not too sweet yet not too sour either. So I would say this is a winner..winner!! We will be making this recipe again for sure."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Sorry I didn't like this one...some of my family did but I will stick with the tried and try Meat Loaf"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"This was really a hit...my boyfriend loved it and the leftovers were just great...so easy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"Btw, calories on this is incorrect. I used Chuck & the total calories per servings was 548 calories."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"All the family members (even the picky eaters) loved this recipe. It was very easy and one that I'm sure will be used many times!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"Did ot like this recipe at all. Husband loves almost anything with ground beef & he said please do not make this again. We ate it the first night but then threw it out. Made it just as the recipe called."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"Loved the flavor! Paired well with the Taste of Home 'Grandma's Honey Muffins'. Will make again! My new favorite meatloaf."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Very good and easy to put together. I used 1 lb. lean beef and 1 lb. lean turkey. Used 3/4 cup bread crumbs; 1/2 cup oats. Also used 1/2 cup finely chopped onions. Added the sauce, which is excellent, 25 min before done. Total baking time was 65 minutes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"I used fresh minced onions since I didn't have dried onions. The recipe is excellent and so easy to prepare. Will definitely be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"I had a desire for some meatloaf, but didn?t have a recipe. When this I found this recipe I was intrigued, so I gave it a whirl. It was great! My wife and I both loved it. I will make this again. I did a couple of modifications. I used fresh onion instead of dried. I also used condensed tomato soup instead of the tomato sauce. My only complaint is there was not enough sauce! I wanted more, it was so tasty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"this recipe has been around more than 50 years. My grandmother used this recipe when I was a child.An absolute best recipe. It is definitely a 5+ start recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"I double the sauce recipe and use half for "dipping".... Absolutely yummy!! I never thought I could eat meatloaf without ketchup!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"Though I substituted heinz chile sauce for the tomato sauce for more of a tang"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"This is a great recipe. I use Manwich on top. The spices are perfect with meatloaf. Mmmm"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"My mother used to make a recipe like this for all us kids only she used ketchup instead of tomato sauce and a little cheese on top!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"OMG-This is pretty much the recipe my Mom used while we were growing up in the 50's, and she called it "Dutch Meat Loaf". The only differences were using fresh chopped onion, molasses instead of the brown sugar, and fresh bread crumbs instead of dried. Oh, and a cup of water in the sauce, which we just pour over and let bake with the meat loaf. Makes the best sauce, which we used on mashed potatoes instead of gravy. This is by far the best meat loaf recipe, ever!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"Don't know why I never used this sauce/topping with a beef meatloaf. I've always had it on ham loaf (at potlucks) and I don't care that much for ham loaf. This is perfect with ground beef meat loaf! Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Great recipe. I add a shredded carrot or two into the loaf to sneak in an extra veggie to the meal."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"This is my go-to meatloaf recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I know I am getting old when this is already my regular meatloaf recipe have used for decades except use fresh diced onion and oatmeal instead of bread crumbs. With oatmeal the loaf is firm enough to stand by itself in a larger pan, even your broiled pan, and then you can add baby carrots, quartered onions and chunks of new potatoes around it and cook it all at the same time. Turn the vegetables in the small amount of grease produced but nicely self drained from the meatloaf. Smells good while cooking, too, and the leftover meatloaf is perfect for sandwiches."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"This was a BIG hit with my husband and son. Easy and we love the sweet/sour flavor that it gives. This recipe beats the old fashion recipe with onion soup mix. This recipe is a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"My family loved this. I have a 16 year old picky eater and he even ate it. It was very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"I have never been the cooking type, but decided to try some new recipes. I came across this recipe and it was and still is a HUGE hit for my family. It is an easy step by step recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This meatloaf is MARVELOUS!!! I even made it for my sister (who doesn't care for meatloaf!); she LOVED it and wanted the recipe! I always use ground turkey instead of hamburger (trying to eat healthier!). For those of you that think you don't like meatloaf; one taste of this recipe and you'll change your mind!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"made two meatloafs at the same time and froze one. Both loafs were fabulous, a really zesty upgrade to meatloaf"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This was very good. My standby meat loaf recipe has been tossed and replaced with this. The sauce is fantastic."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Really good meat loaf, even the kids loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Have made this several times. Always moist and very flavorful."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"This is a very good meat loaf recipe. I shaped the meat into 6 loaves and drained the pan before pouring the sauce over it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"My husband teases me when I serve him meatloaf, asking which recipe it is. He claims I have had more than 100 meat loaf recipes. After this one, I'll look no further. This is the best yet!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"My family loved it!!! I will make this again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"4 of our 13 children tried this recipe. I stopped them after the 2nd round in order for the rest of the family to have their share! I put it in the crockpot it was simple and easy! YUMMY!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"This has become a family favorite! Even my pickiest eater loves it & asks for seconds, a rarity for this child."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"We all really liked it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"My boyfriend, who eats NOTHING that is "out of the ordinary" and never tries anything new, devoured this and then two more pans of it in the next week! Simple and delicious!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"I used 1lb hamburger and 1lb ground sausage... excellent!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I tried this recpe and couple of weeks ago and couldn't remember WHERE IT WAS! Thank goodness, I found it again! Substituted pretzel crumbs and butter cracker crumbs

WOW!! This will be the ONLY meatloaf recipe n our house from NOW ON!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"P.S. Put a few pieces of bread underneath the meatloaf to absorb the grease as it is baking. Works great!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"Yummy! For the sauce I substituted a 7oz. bottle of chili sauce instead of the tomato sauce and it was tangy yet sweet. This I will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I found this recipe several years ago on an insert with your magazine. It is excellent. I double to sauce to have extra to use as gravy over mashed potatoes.This has become a staple in my house."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"My family and i love the twist off regular meatloaf. The flavors are terrific. I use leaner ground beef so there isnt as much oil in the pans. 90/10 works great"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"By far the best meatloaf I've ever had. It would probably taste great on a sandwich but there wasn't any left for me to try it that way!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"The sauce is wonderful. Great recipe. My 4-year old daughter even liked it and she is extremely picky. YUM!"

MY REVIEW
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Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"This is my all time favorite meatloaf recipe that I've been making for years. I follow the recipe to the letter. No more dry meatloaf recipes for my family!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"This is my 2nd time making this and it was delicious again!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"I made this meatloaf for husband and daughter and they both said it was the best meatloaf I ever made. It's so moist and the sauce makes it oh so yummy. It's a new family favorite. Will definately make again and again..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"This meatloaf was so good. It's so different than your regular run of the mill meatloaf. the sauce was so yummy and there was plenty left over for dipping. the meatloaf absorbed a lot of the sauce and it was so moist and flavorful. will def. be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"This meatloaf recipe is a family favorite. My kids love it more than the adults! Definitely worth it's 5 star rating!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2009

"This is my favorite meatloaf recipe. I love it cold too or a sandwich from the leftovers. Just delicious !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2008

"Though I use a slightly different meatloaf mixture, I make the sauce as written. The recipe poster is right - since finding this recipe some years ago, I never make "naked" meatloaf anymore! We especially like it with garlic smashed potatoes, buttered green beans, and homemade biscuits. Comfort food at its best!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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