Juicy and Flavorful Meatloaf Recipe for Dinner Tonight!

Welcome to the world of culinary adventure! As a culinary explorer, I have traveled the world and experienced various flavors and food culture. Today, I want to introduce you to a recipe that holds a special place in my heart – Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe.

This meatloaf recipe is made with simple ingredients that you can easily find in your pantry. But, what makes it unique is the combination of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds! From the juicy ground beef to the savory seasoning salt, this meatloaf is an explosion of flavor in every bite.

Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe has been passed down through generations and perfected over time. Lisa Robertson, the original creator of the recipe, was a passionate cook who loved experimenting with different ingredients. She developed this recipe out of love for her family and now it has become a beloved family tradition.

I still remember the first time I tried this meatloaf – it was like nothing else I had ever tasted before! Now, I can’t wait to share it with you.

So, let’s get started on creating a masterpiece in your kitchen with Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lisa’s Meatloaf
Lisa’s Meatloaf

If you’re looking for a recipe that will satisfy your cravings while providing both comfort and nourishment, look no further than Lisa’s famous meatloaf recipe. This is a staple dinnertime dish for my family and I have no doubt it will become a favorite of yours as well.

What sets this meatloaf apart from others is the careful selection of ingredients and the ultimate combination of flavors. The ground beef is mixed with finely chopped onions, celery, and green pepper, providing both texture and depth of flavor. The addition of eggs and breadcrumbs creates a moist and tender finished product.

One thing I love about this recipe is how adaptable it is. Whether you’re a vegetarian or following a keto or low-carb diet, there are plenty of ways to make Lisa’s meatloaf work for you. The original recipe calls for ground beef, but you can easily switch it up with turkey or experiment with your own blend of meats like beef and pork.

The seasoning salt used in this recipe gives just the right amount of flavor without being overpowering. Plus, the ketchup and barbecue sauce give it that classic homemade taste that will take you back to childhood memories around the family dinner table.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, try some variations like Philly Cheesesteak inspired meatloaf or Tex-Mex spiced variation. With this versatile meatloaf recipe, there’s always room for experimentation in the kitchen!

Whether you’re feeding a large family on a weeknight or looking to impress guests at your next gathering, Lisa’s meatloaf will never let you down. Give it a try and prepare to fall in love with this timeless classic!

Ingredient List

Here’s a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to whip up a delicious meatloaf that can serve as the perfect dinnertime dish or lunchtime treat. Make sure you have them ready before beginning the recipe.

Basic Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Flavor Enhancers

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt

Optional Ingredients for Variations

If you want to experiment with variations of this meatloaf recipe, here’s a list of additional ingredients that can be added to your taste.

Vegetarian Options

  • Lisa’s Nana Vegetarian Meatloaf: substitute ground beef with vegetarian meat alternatives
  • Vegetarian Casserole: substitute meat with filo pastry tops and mash potatoes.

Other Variations

  • Keto Meatloaf: substitute breadcrumbs with almond flour and use low-carb barbecue sauce.
  • Tex-Mex Meatloaf: add taco seasoning and top with salsa and cheddar cheese.
  • Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf: add chopped steak and provolone cheese.
  • Italian Meatloaf: add garlic, onion, green bell pepper, Italian seasoning, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Turkey Meatloaf: substitute ground beef with turkey.

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, it is time we move onto how to cook Lisa’s meatloaf recipe in section four.

The Recipe How-To

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Let’s dive into the Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe!


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In large bowl, mix together ground beef, onion, celery, bell pepper, ketchup, eggs and bread crumbs with your hands.
  3. Add seasoning salt and garlic to the mixture and continue mixing until well combined.
  4. Place mixture in a loaf pan and smooth out the top.
  5. Pour additional ketchup on top of the meatloaf.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about an hour or until cooked through.

Note: It is important to let a meatloaf rest for about ten minutes before serving to allow juices to redistribute throughout.

If you are looking for some additional inspiration or variations for Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe consider applying a barbecue sauce or Italian seasoning before baking.

Enjoy Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe, made with love from my family to yours!

Substitutions and Variations

One of the great things about Lisa’s Meatloaf recipe is its versatility. You can personalize and experiment with the ingredients to make it your own. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:

– Substitute the ground beef for ground pork, turkey, or even a mixture of both to create a lighter and healthier version of meatloaf. Lisa Fain’s turkey meatloaf recipe is a great option.

– For a vegetarian twist on this classic dish, replace the ground beef with cooked lentils or chickpeas, mushrooms, quinoa, or even tofu. Lisa Robertson’s Nana Vegetarian Meatloaf is a testament to Lisa’s creativity in the kitchen.

– To add some heat to your meatloaf, try mixing in diced jalapeños or other hot peppers. Lisa Faulkner’s Tex-Mex and Carolina Kitchen style meatloaf recipes are perfect examples of how to add a little bit of spice.

– Change up traditional seasoning combinations by using Italian or Mexican-inspired seasonings mixed with breadcrumbs, such as in Angie Dudley’s Philly Cheesesteak meatloaf recipe.

– Instead of baking the meatloaf as is, stuff filo pastry tops with the mixture before putting it in the oven. This will elevate the dish and make it more visually appealing. Faulkner’s Meatloaf filo pastry variation will impress any dinner guest.

Overall, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customizing this homestyle favorite. Whether you want to create a low-carb keto meatloaf or add some Sicilian flair with onions, bell pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese, feel free to unleash your inner foodie in making Lisa’s homemade meatloaf recipe your own masterpiece.

Serving and Pairing

Once your delicious Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe is out of the oven, it’s time to serve and enjoy! This hearty meatloaf makes a perfect dinnertime dish that can be paired with a variety of side dishes to make a complete meal.

One of my favorite ways to serve this recipe is with a side of creamy mashed potatoes or roasted veggies. The creamy texture of mashed potatoes complements the meaty texture, while vegetables add extra nutrients that balance out the rich flavors.

If you’re looking for low carb options, consider serving the meatloaf alongside keto-friendly sides such as zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice. You can also go for a Tex-Mex twist by pairing it with rice and beans along with some salsa and guacamole.

For those who love the Southern flavors, try making Lisa’s meatloaf into a sandwich by using leftover slices between two toasted pieces of bread. You can also go for Philly Cheesesteak-style by topping the meatloaf with melted provolone cheese, sautéed onions, and peppers.

This recipe would also work well in Italian-style dishes like lasagne or spaghetti Bolognese. Or you can take inspiration from Carolina Kitchen and serve it with barbecue sauce that goes perfectly with the layers of flavor in Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe.

Consider adding your own spin by experimenting with different pairings and side dishes. With so many variations, Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe is sure to become your new favorite dinnertime dish for every occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Preparing meals ahead of time can save you lots of time and ensure that you always have something delicious to eat. Lisa’s meatloaf recipe is perfect for making in advance, especially if you know you have a busy week ahead. And the good news is that meatloaf can easily be frozen, which makes it an excellent meal prep option.

To make this recipe ahead, assemble the meatloaf according to the instructions and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to two days, or freeze for up to three months. When reheating from the fridge, simply preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through.

When freezing meatloaf, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it in an airtight container. This helps prevent freezer burn and keeps it fresher for longer.

When you’re ready to eat your frozen meatloaf, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then follow the reheating instructions above.

Meatloaf also makes great leftovers! You can reheat individual slices in the microwave for a quick lunch or dinner. Alternatively, try adding some thinly sliced meatloaf to your favorite sandwich for a tasty and filling meal.

To store leftover meatloaf, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. Just remember to reheat any leftovers thoroughly before eating.

Tips for Perfect Results

When it comes to making meatloaf, there are a few tips I have learned over the years that can make a big difference in the final product. Here are some tips for getting the perfect results with Lisa’s meatloaf recipe.

First, be sure to use ground beef that is at least 80% lean. Using ground beef that is too lean can result in a dry, crumbly meatloaf. On the other hand, using ground beef that is too fatty can result in a greasy, heavy meatloaf.

Additionally, make sure your vegetables are finely chopped. This allows them to cook faster and more evenly, so they become tender and flavorful without compromising the texture of your meatloaf.

Another key tip is to use high-quality seasonings. Seasonings add depth and complexity to the flavor of your meatloaf without adding saltiness or overpowering any of the other ingredients.

When forming your meatloaf, try not to pack it too tightly. This can lead to a dense, heavy texture that isn’t as enjoyable as a lighter, fluffier one.

Finally, don’t skimp on the ketchup! Adding a generous amount of ketchup both on top of and mixed into your meatloaf adds sweetness, tanginess, and moisture. Trust me; it’s worth it!

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a fantastic version of Lisa’s meatloaf recipe every time. Enjoy!


With any recipe, there may be some questions that arise during the cooking process, and Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe is no exception. To ensure a successful dish, let me provide you with some frequently asked questions and their answers for this mouth-watering recipe.

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

As a culinary explorer, I’ve learned that adding moisture to your meat dish is key to a delicious and juicy end result. Don’t underestimate the power of incorporating wet seasonings such as eggs, ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, or barbecue sauce. These ingredients not only enhance the flavor and texture of your dish, but they also help ensure that the meat stays moist and tender throughout the cooking process. So remember, at every step, make sure to add some sort of moisture to your recipe.

What ingredient keeps meatloaf from falling apart?

When crafting your meatloaf, it’s essential to ensure that it stays together while it cooks. The most common cause of meatloaf falling apart is due to inadequate amounts of binding agents. Without ingredients like eggs and breadcrumbs to hold the meat mixture together, it can quickly crumble. Therefore, it’s crucial to include these binding agents in the recipe to ensure a cohesively delicious meatloaf.

How do you make Paula Deen’s meatloaf?

Let’s get started on this hearty and flavorful meatloaf! First things first, we need to preheat our oven to a toasty 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, let’s rustle up our ingredients. In a large bowl, we’ll mix together the ground beef, a pinch of salt and pepper, some diced onion and bell pepper, a beaten egg, diced tomatoes, and some oats. This combination may seem odd, but trust me, it all comes together perfectly in the end for a filling and satisfying dish.

Next up, we need to make the topping for our meatloaf. We’ll mix together some ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard for a sweet and tangy glaze that will elevate our meatloaf to mouthwatering levels.

Now that our mixture is all set and our topping is prepared, we’ll transfer our meatloaf mixture into a baking dish and smooth it out. We’ll then pour our topping over the meatloaf and spread it out evenly.

It’s time to bake our creation! We’ll pop it in the oven and let it cook for an hour. This may seem like a long time, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. After an hour, our meatloaf will be cooked to perfection with a golden brown glaze and perfectly cooked center.

There you have it, a hearty and delicious meatloaf that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Serve it up with some mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for a complete and comforting meal.

Why do some people put milk in meatloaf?

Milk is a common ingredient added to meatloaf recipes as it helps soak up the bread crumbs and provides essential moisture to the meat mixture. However, if you prefer not to use milk, you can substitute it with other options such as low sodium beef or chicken stock, water, or a non-dairy milk alternative.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a satisfying and hearty dish to warm your belly on a cold evening, look no further than Lisa’s Meatloaf recipe. This classic recipe, passed down from generations of meatloaf lovers, is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. With its simple ingredient list and easy-to-follow instructions, there’s no reason not to try it out tonight.

But don’t just take my word for it. The popularity of Lisa’s Meatloaf recipe speaks for itself, with countless variations and adaptations made by chefs all around the world. From Sicilian Meatloaf to Philly Cheesesteak, this versatile recipe lends itself well to experimentation and customization.

Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a meat-free alternative or a low-carb dieter searching for a keto-friendly option, Lisa’s Meatloaf recipe has got you covered. And with its make-ahead and reheating tips, it’s also a convenient option for busy schedules and meal planning.

So next time you’re in the mood for some comfort food, give Lisa’s Meatloaf recipe a try. With its savory flavor and tender texture, it might just become your new favorite dinnertime dish.

Lisa’s Meatloaf

Lisa’s Meatloaf Recipe

Lisa is my wife and she doesn't cook vey often. The one thing she does cook great is her meatloaf. I never really knew what was in it. I asked her to write it down and give it to me. I couldn't believe how simple the ingredients were. Keep it simple! It works! I hope you enjoy! I'm sorry, but i did update the amount of meat Lisa corrected me...I think that's why someone said it was a little salty.....enjoy!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 1/4 lb. slices
Calories 426.7 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt (Lawrys)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped fine
  • 4 ounces ketchup, to coat top


  • Mix all ingredients gently and place into a loaf pan. Top with ketchup and spread even! Cook @ 350 for 60 minutes.
  • I love to make sandwiches! We usually serve this with mashed potatos and green beans!

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Serving: 266gCalories: 426.7kcalCarbohydrates: 24.1gProtein: 39.7gFat: 18.3gSaturated Fat: 6.5gCholesterol: 216.5mgSodium: 888.3mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 8.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Easy, Meat
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