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Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 8x4-in. loaf pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Drizzle top of loaf with ketchup; bake 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 845443 269792
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2017

"This meatloaf is tops!! Great recipe!"

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!"

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."

countrygirl1292002 User ID: 2048687 2521
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"i made this meatloaf 2 weeks ago for the first time I LOVED son told me this meatloaf is the best he has ever tasted"

bugs_mom User ID: 4329903 4348
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"This is a great meatloaf recipe! I have made it many times, minus the horseradish, and my family loves it. The allspice and dill weed give it a very nice flavor"

Isolda User ID: 2915263 3838
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"This has a bit of a different taste from most meat loaves. The allspice and horseradish make it interesting. Not all members of my family were thrilled but I definitely liked it!"

JanessaF User ID: 4770769 1543
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"for whatever reason I wasn't excited. I will make it again for, well, there are 365 days of the yr that I have to plan a meal for lol"

Chef-Sudey User ID: 3269581 3267
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"This meatloaf is so good...I used 1lb of groud beef and 1lb of ground sausage..and more bread crumbs than it called for. It turned out GREAT! I made it the night before and it was a quick and easy TASTY!"

frankieb User ID: 1667031 4161
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

"Thanks, nix_mom. I'm adding your recipe into my weekly menu for my family :)"

nix_mom User ID: 1180036 3837
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2008

"This is actually my husband's best meat loaf.  You can't really taste apple but it's just a little different when you're thinking about trying someing new.

2lb ground beef                                    
1/2lb pork sausage
3 eggs
2c. crushed corn flakes
3slices bread, crumbled
1/2c catsup
2T Worchestershire sauce
1-2tsp sage
1 apple, peeled and minced
1 onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix all ingedients well.  Form into a loaf and bake 1 1/2 hours either in a loaf pan or on a cookie sheet with sides at 325F. 
I use whatever kind of apple we have in the house.  Works great with tart Granny Smiths or sweeter Galas.  Something like a Yellow Delicious seems too mushy for us but still lends nice flavor.
I have been leaving the sage out for the last several times I've made this.  Can't tell the difference; the dried sage container was who knows how old and didn't even smell like sage when I opened it so I tossed it and never invested in a new bottle. 
Kind of off on another tangent--instead of making the usual New Year's resolution to lose weight.  We decided to cut the fat.  Not just to lose weight, but to get rid of stuff that we haven't used in recent memory.  For me, that involved cleaning out the spice shelf.  It got tossed if it didn't smell like what the label said it was.  Some containers I can't remember when I last used!  Also getting rid of some kitchen gadgets--like the cookie press I had to buy from Pampered Chef 3 years ago.  I used it once, thought it took too much work and there it sits in the pantry!

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