I’m all about simple dinners. If it’s quick and easy, I’m totally in! And this easy meat loaf recipe is a WINNER! It only has 3 ingredients so it’s crazy fast to put together.
Are you questioning the box of stuffing mix? I know I was a little nervous at first, but it actually tastes amazing. All the delicious spices in the stuffing mix give the meat loaf an awesome flavour with a perfectly moist consistency. This recipe is surprisingly delicious and it’s definitely worth trying – especially if you need quick and easy dinner ideas. Seriously, 2 minutes, and your meat loaf is ready to put in the oven.
If you like a glaze, add a sweet barbecue sauce or ketchup on top. I cooked ours plain and we dipped it in Diana Sauce on our plates and it was soooooo good! (Diana Sauce is a sweet barbecue sauce. I just did a quick Google search and I think it might only be available in Canada? Does anyone know if you can get it in the USA? Leave me a comment below!)
I served it to my three picky little eaters for dinner last night and ALL of them finished their entire serving. And my kids are not big fans of meat, so I was kind of just staring at them in disbelief when they kept shoveling forkfuls of it into their mouths until it was all gone. I’m definitely going to add it to my list of regular kid friendly dinners!
Meat loaf seems like it should be one of those classic recipes that you grow up on. Comfort food that mom always makes. But my mom rarely ever made it when I was growing up, and I have no idea why? We come from a Lithuanian background, so our version was a little different I guess?
My mom would basically take a meat loaf, roll it into several medium sized balls, and fry them in a pan. Kind of like a cross between giant meatballs and a really thick hamburger. This easy meat loaf recipe would actually be PERFECT for how she used to make them! Served alongside mashed potatoes. Yum!
Easy Meat Loaf Recipe
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
- Ground Beef
- Stuffing Mix
I used Stove Top by Kraft in the Chicken Flavour, but you can use whatever brand of stuffing you like. You need to use both the bread part and the seasoning packet if they come separately.
Mix it all together in a large bowl.
Then press it into a greased baking dish. I made mine in a Corningware dish, but you could probably split it into two loaf pans if you prefer the classic loaf shape.
Cover it with tin foil and bake!
And when it comes out of the oven it’s juicy and tender, and it smells delicious!
I served ours with green beans and mashed potatoes and Diana Sauce for dipping. Yum!
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 box stuffing mix (both the bread and the spice packet if they come separate)
- ½ cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mix the ground beef, stuffing mix and milk together in a large bowl until well combined.
- Press the meat mixture into a greased baking dish or two greased loaf pans.
- Bake at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes until the meat loaf is cooked throughout.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
This easy meat loaf recipe is soooooo good! And it’s so fast to put together! With only 3 ingredients it’s ready to go in the oven in about 2 minutes! Who knew that stuffing mix would make such a delicious meat loaf?! You definitely need to try it!
If you’re looking for more easy dinner recipes, check out our Easy Caprese Calzones. These are really easy to put together and they taste sooooooooo good!!