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Mom’s Best Meat Loaf

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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 8x4-in. loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Drizzle top of loaf with ketchup; bake 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 179 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 569mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 22, 2017

    This meatloaf is tops!! Great recipe!

  • lolohiser
    Jun 5, 2017

    Will definitely make it again

  • Kasha
    Feb 6, 2017

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

  • suefalk
    Dec 30, 2016

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

  • dawnrosanne
    Apr 11, 2016

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

  • Pat Bonanno
    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
    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
    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
    Jun 12, 2013

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

  • pastagrammie
    Jun 8, 2013

    Very good. We all love it.