Granny's Famous Meatloaf Recipe Is a Budget Recipe for Die Hards by 30Seconds Food

Granny's Famous Meatloaf Recipe Is a Budget Recipe for Die Hards

What is it about ketchup? Ketchup is a beloved condiment used as a dip for many foods and as an ingredient in so many recipes. If you have a die-hard ketchup lover in the family – and a meatloaf lover – this budget recipe is for you!

This easy ground beef meatloaf recipe is made with cracker crumbs, milk, an egg, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, onion, green bell pepper and lean ground beef. Stir together the cracker crumbs, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, onion and green pepper in a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes so the ingredients absorb into the cracker crumbs. Mix in the ground beef (don't over mix!) and put it into a meatloaf pan or loaf pan. Bake the meatloaf, spreading the top with ketchup halfway through cooking time.

Serve this ketchup meatloaf with a bottle of tomato ketchup and let everyone squirt even more on top. This comforting meatloaf is delicious for dinner with side dishes like vegetables, potatoes, rice or macaroni and cheese.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes (ovens vary)
Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 cup crushed cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, plus more for topping and serving
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe with ground turkey.
  • Use whatever color bell pepper you like (red, green, orange or yellow).
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the cracker crumbs, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, onion and green pepper into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the ground beef and mix well. Add more salt and pepper, if desired. Put the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf pan. 
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, topping with ketchup about halfway through baking time. Remove and let the meatloaf rest a few minutes before slicing. Serving with more ketchup. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 150

Total Fat: 6.1g

Saturated Fat: 2.1g

Cholesterol: 85mg

Sodium: 476mg

Total Carbohydrate: 12.3g

Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Total Sugars: 9.3g

Protein: 9.5g

Vitamin D: 6mcg

Calcium: 29mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 162mg

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Elisa Schmitz
What is it about meatloaf? Such an old-fashioned comfort food recipe that never disappoints. Yummy!
Meatloaf and ketchup go hand in hand.

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