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southern meatloaf recipe

Southern Meatloaf Recipe

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10


Southern meatloaf recipe is simple and made with ground beef, bell peppers, cheddar cheese, creole seasoning and the best meatloaf glaze with brown sugar!


For the Meatloaf:

  • Ground beef (80 % lean)- 2 lbs (1 kg)
  • Butter/ghee- 2 tablespoons
  • Onion ( finely chopped)-1
  • Garlic cloves (minced)-1 tablespoon
  • Bell pepper (finely diced)- 3/4 cup
  • Bread crumbs- 3/4 cup
  • Cheddar cheese ( grated)-1 cup
  • Eggs (lightly beaten)- 2
  • Tomato passata- 1/2 cup
  • Worcestershire sauce-2 tablespoons
  • Creole seasoning- 1-2 tablespoons, depends on your taste
  • Parsley ( finely chopped)-2 tablespoons
  • Salt - to taste

For the Glaze:

  • Ketchup-1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar-2 tablespoons
  • Yellow mustard-1 tablespoon




  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (175 C). Line a roasting tray (with rack) with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter in a skillet or pan. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute about 4-5 minutes or until tender. They will be more tender and will give more moisture to the meatloaf. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • In  large bowl combine bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, eggs, tomato passata and sauteed veggies.
  • Add the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, creole seasoning, parsley and salt. Mix just until combined. Don't over work otherwise it will be dense!
  • Transfer the meat mixture into a loaf pan and form a 7 x 9-inch loaf, then turn it out onto the prepared roasting tray with rack. Bake for 50 minutes. 
  • In a medium bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar and yellow mustard. 
  • Remove meatloaf from the oven and spread the glaze over it. Bake further for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 F (71 C). Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Category: Beef recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 334 kcal
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 426 mg
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Cholesterol: 103 mg

Keywords: meatloaf recipe, southern meatloaf