(Not really) Spicy Meatloaf

I can’t resist a recipe that starts out with so much color!

• 1/2 stick butter
• 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
• 1/2 cup finely minced carrot
• 1/2 cup finely chopped red or yellow sweet pepper
• 4 finely minced cloves of garlic

• 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup ketchup
• 1 – 5 oz can evaporated milk
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 tsp chili powder
• 1 tsp allspice
• 1/2 tsp black pepper
• 1 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs
• 1 lb ground beef
• 1 lb ground pork


  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add onions, celery, carrots, sweet pepper, and garlic and saute over medium heat until the vegetables are soft.
  2. While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together in a large bowl the eggs, ketchup, evaporated milk, and spices.
  3. Add bread crumbs and browned vegetables to the bowl and mix into the egg mixture. Add ground beef and ground pork and combine well.
  4. Transfer into an oiled 9 x 13 pan and form into a loaf.
  5. Bake at 400F for 45 minutes then let stand 10 minutes before serving. Optionally, you can cook this in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

Adapted from Marcia Adam’s Cooking from Quilt Country


I forgot to thaw the ground pork, so the meatloaf in these pictures is 2 lbs of ground beef. It turned out way too dry, so I don’t recommend trying that unless you use ground beef that has more than 10% fat.   It was so brown and ugly, I’m not even going to post a picture of the cooked meatloaf.  It did, however, still taste really good!  And it was even better as leftovers, crumbled up and served over white rice.

~ Enjoy!


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