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🍽️ Reinvented Southern Meatloaf Recipe 🍽️

Try our delicious reinvented Southern meatloaf recipe. Made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, onions, peppers, and more. Perfect for a comforting Southern meal.

Reinvented Southern Meatloaf

You will need:

  • ground beef1.5 lbs of ground beef
  • breadcrumbs1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • chopped onion1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • chopped bell pepper1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • minced garlic2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • eggs2 eggs
  • ketchup1/2 cup of ketchup
  • brown sugar1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt1 teaspoon of salt
  • black pepper1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • cayenne pepper1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, chopped onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the meat mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until the meatloaf is cooked through and the top is caramelized.
  7. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


For a spicier kick, increase the amount of cayenne pepper to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter meatloaf, increase the amount of brown sugar.

There's something undeniably comforting about a classic Southern meatloaf. The aroma that fills the kitchen as it bakes, the tender texture, and the rich, savory flavors make it a beloved staple in Southern households. But here at Grits N Grace, we're giving this classic dish a reinvented twist with our Reinvented Southern Meatloaf recipe.

Our recipe retains the heartwarming essence of traditional meatloaf while introducing subtle changes that elevate this dish to a whole new level. The inclusion of bell peppers and a hint of optional cayenne pepper brings a vibrant freshness and a kick of spice that dances on your palate. It's a testament to the versatility of Southern cooking, where tradition and innovation harmoniously coexist.

Pair this meatloaf with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and a ladleful of perfect Southern gravy, and you've got yourself a meal that's sure to impress. Whether you're serving it for a weeknight family dinner or a special occasion, this meatloaf is a crowd-pleaser.

But the beauty of Southern cooking doesn't stop at the dinner table. It's also about the warmth and hospitality that comes with it. From the way we set our tables to the love we pour into each dish, Southern homemaking traditions are a crucial part of our lifestyle.

So, why not invite some friends over, whip up this Reinvented Southern Meatloaf, and let the good times roll? After all, there's nothing quite like sharing a delicious meal with loved ones. And remember, whether you're a seasoned cook or a beginner, the journey of exploring Southern cuisine is as delightful as the destination. So put on your apron, gather your ingredients, and let's get cooking!