Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf

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This Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf is a classic meatloaf recipe that has a sweet and tangy glaze. It’s a family favorite recipe. It is a good recipe for a quick weeknight meal and potlucks.
  classic meat loaf
Typically, meatloaf is ground beef mixed with onions, tomatoes, bread crumbs, eggs, and seasonings. Next, it’s formed into a loaf and baked.

Coincidently, you can use this meatloaf recipe to make one regular size meatloaf,  individual meatloaves, or meatballs. I use the same mixture for all three.

If you’re in a hurry, most definitely try individual meatloaves or meatballs since they cook much faster!

 meat loaf

This is a good recipe for weeknight dinners. It comes together quickly; you may even consider mixing it together in the morning then simply baking it for dinner.

Additionally, leftover meatloaf makes a great sandwich! Simply reheat a slice of meatloaf in a hot skillet with a little oil so it won’t stick. Then, you can serve it on a hamburger bun and dress it as I would a burger. Yum!

 Tangy Meat Loaf

 Tangy Meat Loaf
Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf recipe
Tangy Meat Loaf
The Team- ground chuck, tomato, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, Worcestershire
Save your bread ends and make fresh bread crumbs;
they will make the meatloaf more moist than store-bought bread crumbs.
making bread crumbs
Tear the bread up and process until fine.
making bread crumbs
Look at my tired little processor!
meatloaf mixture
Dump all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
I prefer NOT to mix with my hands.
I prefer not to touch any raw meat actually…
loaf pan
Tip – Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap.
meatloaf in pan
Fold the wrap over and refrigerate the meatloaf until ready to cook.
I like to cook meatloaf on a roasting pan so the fat will drain off.
Just open the plastic wrap, plop out on the roasting pan and you never have to touch it.
brown sugar and ketchup
This is what you need for the topping.
This topping makes the meatloaf; it’s to die for! Slice and serve!



Encore Meal: Meatloaf sandwich
hoagie roll, toasted
meatloaf, sliced thick
tomato slice
onion, sliced thin
mustard, mayo, ketchup
Toast roll. Heat skillet and brown slice of meatloaf on both sides until browned and heated through. Prepare roll with condiments as if making a hamburger. Enjoy!

Tips: Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf

First of all, I like to puree the onion and garlic in the food processor. I like the flavor they give, but I don’t like a big hunk of either onion or garlic to bite into.
As well, I like to make fresh bread crumbs from bread instead of using store-bought breadcrumbs. Fresh has more moisture, flavor, and bind the meatloaf together better.
This is a classic meat loaf recipe that has a sweet and tangy glaze. It's a family favorite recipe. Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf is good for potlucks.

Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf

This is a classic meatloaf recipe that has a sweet and tangy glaze. It's a family favorite recipe. Sweet and Tangy Meat Loaf is good for potlucks.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire


  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup


  • Mix ground chuck, tomato, bread crumbs, onions, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce together in a large bowl.
  • Place in a loaf pan and refrigerate at least an hour to set.
  • When ready to cook, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake meatloaf without the topping 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Mix topping ingredients, the brown sugar and ketchup, and set aside.
  • After 35 to 45 minutes add topping and cook another 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through.
  • Slice and serve


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Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. I was looking for some little tweaks to my own meatloaf. I’m making this tomorrow. The topping is just what I’m looking for .

  2. I just made this and it setting in my fridge. But there is nothing in the directions regarding what to do with the brown sugar so guess what I mixed it in with the meat along with everything else. You need to explain the so called topping that you are to die for. I guess I am going to have a sweet meatloaf.

  3. 4 stars
    Yes, looks great! A special thanks for not using your hands which is very unsanitary. I will never eat meatloaf at a restaurant for this exact reason.

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