Everybody loves meatloaf. The same way "everybody loves parfait" in my, Donkey from Shrek, voice. I'm very picky when it comes to red sauces. I don't like tart, bland, plain, red tomato sauce in spaghetti, soups, or meatloaf. To be more specific-I don't like when it tastes like it was just poured out of a jar or can and onto or into a dish. I have to spice it up and give some depth to flavor. My secret it is chili-powder. Shhh...don't tell anyone. Once you've added this one ingredient to your normal meatloaf-you'll never go back to the way things were. I promise. Lets get started.
1. Chop up half of your onion and bell pepper. Slice the other halves. The chopped portion will go inside the meatloaf, the sliced portion will go on top and in the baking dish surrounding the meatloaf.
2. As you may have noticed-I did not give any measurement amounts for the seasonings. This is because for meatloaf it is very difficult to stick to a standard measurement amount for salt, pepper, seasoning salt, garlic salt, and onion powder. Ground beef is dense. The best way to make sure it's seasoned well and throughout is to place the ground beef in a mixing bowl and break it up. Then sprinkle the seasonings generously all over it until it covered with all of the seasoning. Mix in your egg, 1 can of tomato sauce, and half of your chili powder (the other have will go in your sauce).
3. Crumble up your crackers until they are they are fine like bread crumbs. There can be some slightly bigger pieces still present-they don't have to be perfect-but you want the majority of them to be finely crumbled.
4. Mix thoroughly, with your hands, until all of the seasonings, onion, bell pepper, egg, cracker crumbs, and tomato sauce are combined well. Form into a loaf and a baking dish.
5.Finally, pour remaining remaining 2 cans of tomato into the dish and over the meatloaf. Season the sauce with a few more sprinkles of your seasonings: salt, pepper, onion powder, seasoning salt, garlic salt, remaining chili powder, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Pour in 8 oz of water (I usually fill up one of the empty tomato sauce cans) Pour it into sauce around your meatloaf (not on top) and stir until its mixed in. Sprinkle a tablespoon of brown sugar over the top of the meatloaf and top with the remaining slices of bell pepper and onion. You can also a few slices to sauce around the meatloaf
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover the dish for 15 minutes and bake until sauce begins to brown.