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Pennsylvania Dutch Meat Loaf Recipe


An Eastern favorite, this meatloaf gets flavor from brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and tomato sauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounces) can Hunt's tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Gently mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, 1/2 of the tomato sauce, egg, salt, and pepper until combined. Do not overmix. Form into a loaf and place in a shallow pan.

Whisk together water, brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar until smooth. Pour over the meatloaf.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting with pan juices about every 20 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Yield: 6 servings

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