This is literally the best meatloaf recipe you’re ever going to taste. It’s made with ground beef, brown sugar, bell pepper, onion, crushed crackers, and more. It’s our favorite thick and hearty meatloaf recipe and one that the family consumes quickly! If you’re looking for something quicker, you can always make this Instant Pot Meatloaf. It’s the same recipe, but finished faster!
Every time that someone says that they’re not a fan of meatloaf, I immediately know that it means that they just haven’t tried this meatloaf recipe with crackers yet. Because once they do, it’s a total game-changer on how meatloaf is viewed.
This southern meatloaf recipe will have you scraping the plate to make certain that you’re getting every last little morsel…and trust me on this…there will be no judgment coming from me!
THE BEST HOMEMADE MEATLOAF
The secret to this recipe that takes it over the top is the crushed saltine crackers that are added in. They add such a great flavor and it’s fun to have people guess as to why they “think” that this meatloaf recipe is better than any of the other ones that they’ve ever tried.
Make certain that you make this as often as you can because it’s one of those dishes that you’re going to crave. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, it somehow just keeps tasting better and better!
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WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED?
Don’t worry, all the ingredients that you’re going to use are simple and easy to find or you might even have them already all on hand!
- Lean ground beef
- Brown sugar
- Ground black pepper
- Green bell pepper
- Crushed saltine crackers
Step by Step Recipe for Meatloaf
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Press the brown sugar into the bottom of the pan.
Mix the meat, eggs, onion, peppers, seasoning, crackers, and milk.
Lightly pack the pan with the meatloaf mixture.
Add the ketchup glaze to the meatloaf.
Bake uncovered for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until juices run clear.
Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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The Best Meatloaf Recipe
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Press the brown sugar into the bottom of the pan.
- Mix the meat, eggs, onion, peppers, seasoning, crackers, and milk.
- Lightly pack the pan with the meatloaf mixture.
- Add the ketchup glaze to the meatloaf. Bake uncovered for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until juices run clear.
- Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Best served with mashed potatoes and green beans for the complete meal.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you’re using with each recipe.