Perfect Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those recipes that a lot of people don’t cook because the word “loaf” doesn’t sound that appetizing.

About 10 years ago when I was starting to get interested in cooking, I stumbled upon Paula Deen’s meatloaf recipe.


Over the past decade I’ve made little tweaks to my liking. So this recipe is a spin-off of the Southern Cooking Queen Paula Deen’s Old Fashion Meatloaf.


JuJu’s Perfect Meatloaf

1/3 cup onion, finely chopped

1/3 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1-1.25 lb ground beef (I use 80/20)

1 egg

3/4 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp Tony Chachere’s or your favorite Cajun seasoning

1/4 tsp black pepper

8oz. can tomato sauce

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tbsp. yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic in a little olive oil until tender.

Add veggies to a bowl with beef, egg, seasonings, tomato sauce, and bread crumbs.

Form into a loaf in a greased pan.

In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, mustard.

Spread on top of loaf.

Bake for 1 hour.


For Paula Deen’s similar recipe, click HERE.

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