Old-fashioned Meatloaf - A.K.A Basic Meatloaf Recipe by Paula Deen

12 ratings
Easy Level
65 MIN 5 Prep + 60 Cook
12 ratings
Easy Level
65 MIN 5 Prep + 60 Cook

Old-fashioned Meatloaf - A.K.A Basic Meatloaf Recipe by Paula Deen

12 ratings
12 ratings
Easy Level
65 MIN 5 Prep + 60 Cook
Old-fashioned Meatloaf - A.K.A Basic Meatloaf


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 8 oz canned diced tomatoes, without juice
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard


Preheat oven to 375°.


Mix ground beef, salt, pepper, onion, bell pepper, egg, tomatoes and oats together well and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf.



Mix ketchup, brown sugar and mustard and spread on loaf. Bake for 1 hour.


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12 Reviews

Ernest 11/22/2015
Have made this f

Have made this for my family a couple of times. It is absolutely the best meatloaf. I Double it using one pund of 97% lean ground Chuck and one pond of 97% lean ground turkey. Form it into a ring and put a half of pealed, center scored, onion in the middle. Top with the special sauce. Bake for one hour, rest for 10-15 minutes, slice and serve.

Janet 9/13/2015
Meatloaf has lon

Meatloaf has long been a family favorite, and this combination is one I come back to again and again. It is moist and flavorful and so easy. If you like meatloaf you will love this one!

Elizabeth 7/9/2015
I've made this r

I've made this recipe for years, with just a few modifications for our personal tastes. We actually prefer dried onion flakes to fresh onion in this (I know- fresh is better, but just for this, we like the dried better.) I also leave out the green peppers, because my sister doesn't like them. To make up for that, I sub diced tomatoes with green chiles for the regular diced tomatoes. In our opinion, the topping is what makes this recipe. My sister insists that I make extra "gravy," as she calls it, to pour over her portion on her plate.

Deborah 3/22/2015
I made this reci

I made this recipe a day ahead of having my family for dinner.
Of course the Cook must taste it.. and OMG... it is amazing
Sure would recommend this...
I did add only 2 extras to this recipe
granulated garlic
and 2 slices of bacon to the top of the topping before baking


Rob 2/10/2015
In place of oats

In place of oats, my grandma used 3 slices of watered soaked sandwich bread to keep meatloaf moist. Just remember to squeeze out most of the water and tear into small pieces. Her red sauce was just that more of a sauce than a paste on top of meatloaf.

L 1/5/2015
I wish that in t

I wish that in the ingredients list it would have said: "Topping Ingredients"...or at least "Topping"......I am a horrible meatloaf maker and I ended up dumping ALL in the ingredients into the meatloaf not realizing that those last 3 listed were for the topping :-( Guess I'm not so good at following instructions either...

NANCY 12/23/2014
Best ever!~

Best ever!~

Amber 12/12/2014
This is by far m

This is by far my favorite meatloaf! My husband and kids (8 & 10) love it as well.

Heather 11/22/2014
Most flavorful m

Most flavorful meatloaf I've ever had! I use fresh tomatoes and add extra glaze sauce on top with a side of mashed potatoes....mmmm..Its sooo good! Thank you Paula Dean! I'm fixin' to make it now!

Mrs Beverly Y
Mrs Beverly Y 10/15/2014
I made this meat

I made this meatloaf for sunday dinner 10/12 and boy it was great

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