Meatloaf…beetloaf…I hate meatloaf

I was not a fan of meatloaf until after I was married. We had it fairly regularly growing up and it was really low on my list of meals that I wanted to see on the plate. Ralphie’s little brother Randy (from A Christmas Story) put it best – “Meatloaf…beetloaf…I hate meatloaf!” Why did I dislike it so much? Ketchup.

I could not stand ketchup growing up. I still don’t like it very much but can at least eat it. My mom’s meatloaf recipe (sorry Mom) called for a thick layer of ketchup spread across the top of the loaf. Because of that, meatloaf meant ketchup which further meant yuck! Only after I started cooking on my own, and eating my wife’s cooking, did I realize that meatloaf could be made without ketchup.

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Yup. Ketchup. A thick layer on the top. But I knew that I wasn’t going to be eating this loaf as it was food I was dropping off for  a sick relative. I’ve made this recipe several times before and typically leave ketchup off of half of it.

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Mostly standard ingredients, except for the Worcestershire sauce, beans and carrots.

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So colorful.

Confetti Meatloaf

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 1 hr 10 mins | Makes: 8 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 3 slices of low carb white bread, toasted or breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meatloaf blend (veal, pork and beef)
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


1) Heat oven to 375°   Pulverize toast in a food processor to make fine crumbs; transfer to a large bowl. Add ground meat, tomatoes, beans, egg, carrot, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; mix gently until just blended.

2) Spoon into 5×9 inch loaf pan, pressing firmly. Spread ketchup over top. Bake 60 to 70 minutes, until cooked through. Transfer to a platter, discarding any fat left in pan. Let stand at least 10 minutes before slicing.

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Categories: Beef, Low Carb, Pork, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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6 Comments on “Meatloaf…beetloaf…I hate meatloaf”

  1. July 11, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Looks tasty, but I too hate meatloaf. My mom puts our chipotle roasted salsa in her meatloaf, it actually wasnt half bad that way, but still not a fan lol


  2. jetr1
    July 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    I too was not a lover of meatloaf, but I do love ketchup. My mother who was a wonderful cook made meatloaf at least once a week. Funny, as much as I love ketchup, you would think this would be my favorite meal. Thanks for the post. It brings back memories, and indigestion. LOLOL


  3. July 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    man, i wanted to highfive you through the internet as soon as i read this post. i literally just finished my most recent blog post about how much i despise ketchup.

    your meatloaf recipe is actually super similar to mine, only i tend to throw a little bit of eggplant, garlic, onion, and (brace yourself) chopped liver. the liver tends to add a really thick, rich texture and makes the meatloaf way less grainy.


  4. July 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    This recipe looks epic. I am going to give it a try right now. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks so much!


  5. July 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    I love your reference to A Christmas Story, one of my favorite Christmas movies 🙂 I have a meatloaf recipe you might want to check out on my blog, it’s really good!


  6. July 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I am the opposite, I had never really eaten meatloaf as a child. Mr.Picky, who was fed this probably weekly and loved it introduced me to meatloaf. I developed a great taste for meatloaf, but love to change it up. Mr.Picky is the one who does not care for it any more but I often find myself craving it. I love a leftover sandwich grilled with cheese!


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