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Best Meat Loaf

If you're like my husband, you enjoy a hearty meat loaf. Everyone who's ever tried it agrees it lives up to its name. This delicious dish doesn't last long!—Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 bacon strips
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Combine the milk, eggs and Worcestershire sauce; mix into the beef mixture. Add crumbs.
  • Grease a large sheet of foil. Place bacon on foil. Mold meat mixture into a loaf and place over bacon. Seal foil tightly around loaf. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Place wrapped loaf on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Open foil; drain juices. Combine sauce ingredients and spoon over loaf. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes longer or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 394 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 1094mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.
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  • simpsonwoman
    Sep 26, 2017

    I love this recipe! I've been using it since 1995 when it first appeared in Taste of Home magazine. It has been our family meatloaf recipe ever since. The blend of spices is just perfect. (I don't use the sauce recipe, though. I generally cover the meatloaf with ketchup or ketchup mixed with jelly.) After 22 years, this is definitely what you call a keeper!

  • nanipa
    Apr 21, 2015

    Love this recipe! First try we skipped the beef and used ground turkey and everyone loved it. Delicious with ground beef too! We used a mini loaf pan for portion control AND I find the smaller loaves cook better without drying out. YUMMY!

  • AWayOfLife
    Sep 21, 2014

    This is the best meatloaf recipe. Everyone enjoys the favor. I always make two and freeze one (uncooked) for another time.

  • meliss.beyer
    Jul 24, 2013

    My boyfriend is a big fan of meatloaf so I'm always trying different recipes. He really liked this one. I cut the recipe in half and used a few different spices because I didn't have everything on hand. It was very flavorful. I used turkey bacon because that's what I had on hand, I don't recommend that. It didn't get crispy at all and tinted the bottom a pinkish color. I pan fried leftover pieces, those were much better. Bacon crisped up nicely.-volunteer field editor

  • Alice Bedney
    Nov 4, 2012

    This was the worst meatloaf that I have ever made! Don't you test these recipes?? I threw over half of it away! What a waste!!

  • santinawestbrook
    Aug 28, 2011

    Added a little more onion, and used 1 and 1/2 lb beef, 1/2 lb pork. Family loved it!

  • Grumma
    Jun 28, 2011

    My Family loved this recipe . We will make this recipe again . So easy and quick to prepare and so nice to come home from work and just pop it in the oven .- Denise St Laurent . Medicine Hat Alberta Canada

  • teachth
    Apr 1, 2011

    This is truly a wonderfully flavored meatloaf. I have made this several times. There have been times when I have not had the bacon and this really doesn't make a difference. Sometimes I don't put the sauce on top either. The combination of spices sounds crazy but they marry well. Enjoy!

  • ashleyy
    Jul 22, 2010

    All in family loved this recipe.

  • suzettemarch
    Oct 10, 2009

    did without brown sugar-all meat lovers in our household, sweet later.