Meatloaf recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Serves 6
Cuisine: American
Category: Casseroles, Old-School Classics
Traditional meatloaf with tomato sauce topping plus four-pepper and picadillo-style variations. Make this classic comfort food recipe for a satisfying family dinner.
Prep Time
15 mins
Other Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
  • 1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® ground beef
  • 1 can (8-ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Measure 1/4 cup tomato sauce; combine with brown sugar and mustard for topping. Set aside.
  2. Combine remaining tomato sauce with remaining meatloaf ingredients in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  3. Shape beef mixture into 8 x 4-1/2-inch loaf on rack in broiler pan. Spread topping over meatloaf. Bake in 350°F oven 1 hour, until instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 160°F.
  4. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  5. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Cut into slices.
  6. Four-Pepper Meatloaf Variation: Prepare meatloaf as above, adding 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper to Ground Beef mixture.
  7. Picadillo-Style Meatloaf Variation: Prepare meatloaf as above, omitting thyme and adding 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed, to ground beef mixture.
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