Homemade Southern Meatloaf

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  • 87 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins,
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Serve this delicious old-fashioned meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans or corn, or serve it with your favorite vegetables.

Slice any leftover meatloaf and use it to make sandwiches.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85% lean)
  • 20 saltine crackers (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan or line with foil and lightly grease.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with the crushed saltines, onion, green pepper, egg, paprika, garlic salt, thyme, black pepper, 1/3 cup ketchup, milk, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Pack the meat mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Carefully pour off excess grease.
  4. Spread with the 3/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce and continue baking for 15 minutes longer, or until the meatloaf registers at least 160 F on an instant-read food thermometer inserted into the center.


    • Meatloaf can be tough if overmixed, so mix lightly with your hands or spoon. 
    • If you aren't sure of the seasoning, take a small amount and fry it. Taste and adjust the seasonings in the raw mixture.
    • Your meatloaf will hold together better if you let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.