Cheddar Meat Loaf Recipe: Delicious and Frugal

You know what: I didn’t ever have a chance to cook a meat loaf recipe until I was well into my adult life.  My mom was not a fan and I have never dared cooking it. But one day my daughter came back home from school and she said : I ate the best meat loaf ever. Mommy why don’t you prepare at home? Well since I am too proud to say that I did not know how and that I wanted to please her, I started looking for meat loaf recipes to cook!


What don’t we do for our kids. They always challenge me and that’s the beauty of having kids! Anyways, I stumbled on  this cheddar meat loaf recipe at Ricardo’s website! Of course I usually add my spin on it: either add ingredients and or remove some! What I love about this recipe is that it includes cheese and all my family loves cheese!

Delicious & Frugal Meat Loaf recipe


  • 1 ground of extra lean ground meat
  • ¼ cup of grated Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup of  ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup of bread crumbs.
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: add some peas

 How to prepare this meat loaf recipe


It can get a bit messy to stack that mixture in the pan. I find the final result looks better than cooking directly on a parchment paper as recommended by the original recipe. It’s up to you!

I find that one of the best ways to save money on food is to cook with ground meat! It is cheaper than regular meat and there are endless ways to cook it! I usually cook a big batch and freeze in individual portions! It is convenient to add to any sandwich or to accompany your hearty healthy soup recipes! My daughter prefers it with some homemade tomato sauce and homemade garlic bread!

Do you cook meat loaf? How do you prefer it?

15 thoughts on “Cheddar Meat Loaf Recipe: Delicious and Frugal”

  1. This looks like a great Meatloaf recipe that we would really enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. This sounds yummy, especially with the addition of cheese. You can never go wrong with the addition of cheese :).

  3. I love meatloaf but I, too, have only made it at home once or twice. I actually find that it’s a lot of work to prepare! Yours looks delicious — what is the sauce?

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