Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

This Cracker Barrel-inspired meatloaf brings the essence of comfort food right to your dining table. It’s a recipe that combines the simplicity of traditional ingredients with a touch of homestyle cooking magic. The finely diced onions and bell peppers blend seamlessly with the ground beef, creating a base that’s both flavorful and moist. The addition of Ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs introduces a buttery texture that sets this meatloaf apart, while the cheddar cheese melts through every slice, adding a rich, gooey layer of deliciousness.

The glaze, a simple yet irresistible combination of ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard, caramelizes beautifully as it bakes, offering a tangy sweetness that complements the savory meatloaf perfectly. This dish is more than just a meal; it’s a warm hug on a plate, promising comfort with every bite. Whether served alongside creamy mashed potatoes, crisp green beans, or your favorite side, this meatloaf turns an ordinary evening into a special occasion, gathering friends and family around the table for a taste of homestyle comfort.


  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 pounds 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

For the Topping:

  • ½-¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sauté onions and bell peppers in olive oil until softened, about 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine whisked eggs, crushed crackers, sautéed onions and bell peppers, cheese, milk, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add ground beef to the bowl and mix until just combined, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  4. Form the mixture into a loaf and place it in a loaf pan to help maintain its shape and ensure even cooking.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove to add the topping mixture.
  6. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard for the topping, spread over the meatloaf, and return to the oven for an additional 30-40 minutes.
  7. Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing to ensure juices are retained and the meatloaf is moist.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Servings: 8

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