A cooked meatloaf in a loaf pan covered with bacon.

My Meatloaf Recipe

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My Meatloaf Recipe makes the best meaty main dish ever! It’s never dry, always soft and tender, and so full of flavor; there’s no need to top it with a sauce. It’s known to turn non-meatloaf eaters into meatloaf fans!

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No Dry, Tasteless Meatloaf Here

I have tried many meatloaf recipes without the results I was seeking. My desire was for a soft loaf and a beefy taste enhanced with the flavors of tender onion, garlic, and peppers. Not a crunchy, tough bite in need of ketchup or a sauce to make it more palatable. Then I came across Mecelia Broussard’s recipe for My Meatloaf in the “‘Cest Bon” Recipes cookbook. It’s produced by the Vermilion Extension Homemakers Council, copyright 1968-1982.

This cookbook is a jewel! If you have one, treasure it, and if ever you can get your hands on one, don’t ever let it go. Those Louisiana women have helped me through many meals with their recipes. I’ve learned a lot from them on my cooking journey.

I first discovered the More Casserole recipe in this cookbook. If you haven’t seen my recipe for More Casserole, Cast Iron One-Pot Meal before, you ought to look it up. It’s a family favorite at our house.

After many meatloaves made from Ms. Mecelia’s recipe, I’ve changed a few things to meet the expectations I’ve always wanted. The results have brought many compliments, but my favorite is from my daughter-in-law, Jami, who said she didn’t even like meatloaf until she tasted mine.

Adding Condiments Into The Meatloaf Instead Of On Top

Ketchup is usually the topping or main ingredient to a sauce made for meatloaf. Here, it is mixed into the meat before baking. Along with ketchup, we are using mayonnaise to flavor and moisten the beef; the secrets to this delicious meatloaf.

Ingredients for My Meatloaf Recipe.

A few other things that help moisten the meat are eggs and bread crumbs. I use Italian breadcrumbs for more flavor. So delicious!

In the original recipe, it calls for onion powder. I use fresh chopped onion, green peppers, and celery simmered together in oil until softened. The cooking brings out more of their flavors while keeping the meatloaf soft without that crunchy bite.

A skillet of sautéed vegetables.

But there’s one veggie/herb I don’t cook, and that’s fresh parsley. Its freshness brings even more tastiness to My Meatloaf Recipe.

To flavor the meat, even more, you can use the seasonings listed in the recipe ingredients or you can add 3 teaspoons of this House Seasoning Blend. It’s a simple blend that flavors ground beef and more superbly.

And The Rest Is Simple

Now, mix all of the ingredients together. You can use your hands to ensure you get all of the flavors dispersed well without overmixing. Take a look at what overmixing ground beef does by checking out this Best Sizzle Burger Recipe.

Now it’s time to spoon it all into a loaf pan without pressing and packing, which can cause the meat to dry out. Lastly, top with slices of uncooked bacon, and bake. Easy!

The bacon adds more taste, helping to keep all of the juices inside the meat. You’ll have to drain the grease off of the meatloaf after baking and before serving. Remove the meatloaf from the pan and place it onto a serving dish before cutting. You can cover the meatloaf with a piece of foil to keep it warm, then slice just before serving to keep it from drying out. Enjoy!

Sliced meatloaf in a pan.

Here are more beefy recipes for easy satisfying suppers:

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A cooked meatloaf in a loaf pan covered with bacon.

My Meatloaf Recipe

The best meatloaf that’s never dry, always tender, and has so much flavor there’s no need to top it with a sauce. 

  • Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bacon strips


  1. Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet and saute onions, peppers, and celery until tender, set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  3. Add meat and cooked vegetables with the remaining ingredients except for the bacon into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix together with a spoon or with your hands until ingredients are thoroughly combined without handling too much.
  5. Place into a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan and top with bacon strips.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, remove from oven.
  7. Drain grease from the pan.
  8. Remove meatloaf, and place onto a cutting board, slice into 8 serving pieces, serve.


  • Don’t overmix the meat with the rest of the ingredients; overmixing can toughen the meat.
  • Don’t pack the meat into the loaf pan; that can cause the meatloaf to dry out.
  • If you must, serve with a smoky barbecue sauce or a mixture of half  A-1 sauce and half Heinz 57 Sauce.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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