This is an old family recipe with a touch of Californian flair.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the beef, onion, green bell pepper, celery, eggs, soy sauce, and ketchup. Season with basil, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Mix in 1/2 cup oats. Gradually mix in remaining oats 1/4 cup at a time until the beef mixture is firm but not stiff. Transfer to the prepared baking pan, and form into a loaf shape.

  • In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, ketchup, brown mustard, mesquite smoke flavoring, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and paprika. Drizzle evenly over the meat loaf.

  • Bake meat loaf 1 hour in the preheated oven, or to a minimum temperature of 160 degrees F (72 degrees F).

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; protein 13.9g; carbohydrates 24.3g; fat 10.7g; cholesterol 80.5mg; sodium 787.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2006
too much pepper? are you crazy?? this is the best meatloaf!! quite tasty. the only change I made is that I reduced the brown sugar to 2 Tablespoons instead of 1/4 cup- the first time I did made it exactly and found it a bit too sweet last night I made it again but with the reduced amount of brown sugar- and it was perfect! I want to thank you for sharing this recipe!! it is the now the meatloaf by which all other meatloafs will be measured. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2006
Sorry. Have to disagree with a lot of reviewers. This was overspiced and way too sweet for us. We live in Tex Mex country and love our spice but this entire blend of dried herbs thrown in was too overpowering. We will stick with our tried and true recipe that is more tomato and onion based. Read More
(27)
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  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2006
too much pepper? are you crazy?? this is the best meatloaf!! quite tasty. the only change I made is that I reduced the brown sugar to 2 Tablespoons instead of 1/4 cup- the first time I did made it exactly and found it a bit too sweet last night I made it again but with the reduced amount of brown sugar- and it was perfect! I want to thank you for sharing this recipe!! it is the now the meatloaf by which all other meatloafs will be measured. Read More
(27)
Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2006
Sorry. Have to disagree with a lot of reviewers. This was overspiced and way too sweet for us. We live in Tex Mex country and love our spice but this entire blend of dried herbs thrown in was too overpowering. We will stick with our tried and true recipe that is more tomato and onion based. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2007
Well... I ended up making this meatloaf at the last minute and changed quite a bit due to what I had in my kitchen and It was still a hit!!! First off I doubled the recipe because I had 2.lbs of ground beef I didn't have any bell pepper or celery Here are my Substitutions: 2 eggs for eggbeaters 1/4 cup soy sauce for 1/4 worcestershire Dried basil/parsley/oregano/ for meatload seasoning mix garlic powder for garlic salt ADDED: 1 beef boullion cube 1tbsp of liquid smoke to loaf. For sauce: I also reduced the brown sugar to 2tbsp I also doubled the sauce and glazed twice while baking and was perfect. Because it was a 2.lb loaf I baked at 375 for 1hr 15-30min. It turned out very good and didn't fall apart. I want to try this next time with ground turkey...Yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2008
Edible. Might have given this 3 stars on taste and texture as it was spicy and moist but the presentation was unimpressive - looked like baked dog food and the recipe required a whole lot more prep than the finished product warranted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2009
it was good but very spicy and the taste of all those dried herbs was overpowering. I won't make it again this way. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2010
Made the meatloaf itself but without the glaze on top. (Served it with tomato gravy instead) Needed another egg to hold it together better but had a fabulous flavor that my entire family enjoyed. Will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2008
Mmmmm I just finished off the leftovers for lunch. Very good even my picky daughter liked it. I thought my son would love it but he was upset by the veggies showing so I will chop them smaller in the food processor next time. I also only had one egg and doubled the recipe but loved it even though it fell apart! I did cut the sugar in half and used half yellow mustard instead of all brown just for kid appeal. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2007
Best meatloaf I've ever had!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2010
My husband loved it but I thought it was overly spiced. Read More
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