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Southern-Style Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing


6 servings

When my husband and I moved to the South, we discovered our love for pimiento cheese! Its addition lends flair to this tried-and-true southern meatloaf recipe. —Patricia Getson, Wilmington, North Carolina
Southern-Style Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup crushed saltines (about 10 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 10 crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) refrigerated pimiento cheese
  • Hot mashed red potatoes
  • Optional: Shredded sharp cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Add carrots and garlic; cook and stir until tender, 1-2 minutes longer. Transfer vegetable mixture to a large bowl. Add eggs, crackers and seasonings. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly
  2. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 15-20 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into slices; spread with pimiento cheese. Serve with potatoes and, if desired, shredded cheese and jalapeno.

Southern Meatloaf Tips

Can you make this Southern Meatloaf ahead of time?

Yes! You can assemble this meatloaf in the pan, then refrigerate it overnight before baking according to the recipe instructions. To reheat slices after baking, microwave 30 seconds at a time until warmed. (Top with a damp paper towel if slices are on the dry side.) To reheat whole meatloaf,?cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes in a 350°F oven.

How do you store Southern Meatloaf?

Store a whole loaf, covered with foil, in the fridge for up to three days. You can also freeze meatloaf wrapped tightly in the pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. It'll keep in the freezer for up to three months.

What are some variations of this Southern Meatloaf?

You can ditch the southern spin and spread this meatloaf with your own favorite?spreadable cheese, such as our Fireside Cheese Spread. Use a queso dip and salsa on top if you like Mexican flavors; melt mozzarella and add a sprinkle of fresh basil for an Italian take.?Oh, and don’t forget barbecue sauce also goes well with meatloaf!

Elizabeth Harris, Taste of Home contributing writer

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 436 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 160mg cholesterol, 1226mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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