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judy's meatloaf

Recipe by
Julia Ferguson
Greenwood, IN

This is my go to recipe for meatloaf, as a meal or for sandwiches. Great with creamy mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. Wonderful cold or hot in a sandwich with mayo, and red pepper relish, my fav. Hubs likes it with ketchup, mustard and red pepper relish. No matter how you like it, it will be tasty. This is very much the way my mother made her meatloaf. Enjoy!

yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For judy's meatloaf

  • 2-2 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 1 medium sized onion, small dice
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded, smal dice
  • 1/4-1/3 small green bell pepper, small diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 c.-1 c. of plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) tomato ketchup
  • 1 cup hot tap water

How To Make judy's meatloaf

  • 1
    Pre heat oven to 375. You will need a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • All the ingredients used to make Judy's Meatloaf.
    In a very large mixing bowl, add ground beef, diced onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, 2 eggs, black pepper, dried parsley, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • 3
    With very clean hands, begin to squish and mix all the ingredients together, until thoroughly mixed.
  • Meatloaf shaped into a long log, ready to go into the oven at 375^F.
    Remove mound of ground meat mixture to baking dish. Shape into round or long loaf shape, into center of baking dish.
  • Photo depicts meatloaf out of oven after baking 1 hr. with water added, before adding ketchup to the top.
    Place meatloaf into middle of oven, Bake for 1 hr.; Remove from oven, add 1 cup of hot tap water, slowly, to baking dish. Cover dish with foil, and place back in the oven. Bake for 1 hr. more.
  • 6
    Remove from oven, carefully remove foil. Pour the heaping 1/2 cup of ketchup over meatloaf and down sides. Place back in the oven, without cover, until ketchup is set and begins to brown, about 30mins. Keep an eye on it as the ketchup will burn.