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Keto Meatloaf Recipe: The Perfect Combination Of Beef And Pork

Craving something hearty and savory but don’t want to break your keto diet? This keto meatloaf recipe is the perfect answer.

It’s a low-carb meatloaf made with a combination of ground beef and pork, and instead of bread crumbs, it uses almond flour or pork rind crumbs.

So not only is it a keto-friendly meatloaf, but it’s gluten-free!

Plus, it features a sugar-free ketchup sauce that is sweet and tangy and finger-licking good. 

Doing a keto diet does not mean you have to say goodbye to meatloaf. This recipe is sure to please everyone at the table and still keep you committed to the keto diet. 

Ultimate Keto Meatloaf 

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Best keto meatloaf recipe

The next time you’re wanting low carb comfort food, try this classic recipe that the whole family will love.

Enjoy a delicious low carb meatloaf recipe that is moist, flavorful, easy to make, and fits your keto macros.

What more can you ask for?!

By following the simple tips I’m sharing, you can create a deliciously moist keto meatloaf that is packed with flavor.

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Whether you’re feeding a family or keto meal prepping for the week ahead, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite.

Ingredients Needed To Make A Low Carb Meatloaf

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ground pork ready to be added to bowl to make meatloaf
ground pork ready to be added to a bowl to make a keto meatloaf

The following are the ingredients you’ll need to make this gluten-free, keto meatloaf. Note that the full printable recipe card including the nutrition facts is at the bottom of the page.

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  • Ground beef 85/15
  • Ground pork, for added flavor and moisture.
  • Red onion or white onion, chopped
  • Garlic cloves minced
  • One medium carrot that is chopped finely. This adds flavor, moisture, and extra nutrition.
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Guten-free tamari soy sauce
  • Eggs, room temperature
  • Almond flour or crushed pork rinds in place of the bread crumbs. 
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Sugar-Free Ketchup Topping

    Rather than using regular ketchup as the basis of this barbecue sauce, use sugar-free ketchup. It’s a great way to get that classic meatloaf flavor, minus the carbs.

    Many meatloaf ingredients include brown sugar in the topping but that immediately does not make it a keto-friendly meatloaf recipe. 

    • Apple cider vinegar, for tanginess

    • Red pepper flakes (optional)

    Tips For The Best Keto Meatloaf Recipe

    keto-friendly meatloaf sliced on a wood cutting board
    keto-friendly meatloaf that has rested sliced on a wood cutting board

    The following are my tips for a great meatloaf that just so happens to be low in carbs and rivals regular meatloaf. 

    1. Use a combination of ground beef and pork for optimal flavor and moisture.
      One of the secrets to the best meatloaf recipe is to use a combination of ground beef and pork. The pork adds fat and moisture, while the beef provides flavor and texture. For this keto meatloaf recipe, we recommend using 85/15 ground beef (which has 85% lean meat and 15% fat) combined with ground pork.
    2. Use almond flour in place of traditional bread crumbs.
      For a gluten-free meatloaf, this recipe uses a combination of almond flour and parmesan cheese in place of bread crumbs. Not only does this make the meatloaf gluten-free, but it also helps to keep it low-carb and keto-friendly. If you don’t want to use almond flour, you can use crushed pork rinds instead.
    3. Watch out for dryness
      One common complaint about meatloaf is that it can be dry. To avoid this, be sure not to overmix the meat mixture. As it’s a sure way to make it tough. When you mix the ingredients together be sure to do so gently until it is just combined. This recipe adds plenty of moisture in the form of eggs, a medium carrot that has been finely chopped, and the use of ground pork. Another tip is to bake your meatloaf covered for the first part of the cooking time, which will help to trap moisture. Cook until it’s just about cooked through; since it will continue to cook during the time it rests.

    How To Make A Keto-Friendly Meatloaf 

    Raw keto meatloaf prepared and ready to bake
    Raw keto meatloaf prepared and ready to bake

    To make this meatloaf you’ll start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Then in a large bowl, you’ll combine the dry spices, grated parmesan cheese, and almond flour.

    To the dry ingredients, you’ll then add ground beef, ground pork, onions, minced cloves, chopped carrot, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and eggs. Combine the mixture well until just combined. Otherwise, you risk your meatloaf being tough and dry.  

    Next, you’ll transfer the prepared meatloaf into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes.

    While the meatloaf cooks you’ll prepare the sugar-free ketchup sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl.

    Once the meatloaf has cooked for 30 minutes, you’ll take the meatloaf out of the oven, remove the foil wrap, and spread the ketchup sauce evenly on top of the meatloaf.

    Then return it back to the oven, and bake for another 15-20 minutes until cooked through and the glaze has set.

    The meatloaf will be done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

    Be sure to allow the meatloaf to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. This resting period is important as it allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a moister and tastier meatloaf.

    Store the meatloaf in an airtight container, I prefer to use a glass one for up to three days or freeze it for longer.

    What To Serve With Keto Meatloaf

    keto meatloaf served on a gray plate with a side of carrots and faux potato mash
    keto meatloaf served on a gray plate with a side of carrots and faux potato mash

    Wondering what to serve with this delicious meatloaf recipe that also happens to be keto?

    How about serving it with one of the following keto-friendly sides for a complete meal:

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    keto meatloaf with sugar-free tangy sauce

    Ultimate Keto Meatloaf

    Yield: 10
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 50 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour

    This keto meatloaf recipe comes out moist and delicious every time. It's the ultimate gluten-free meatloaf that uses a combination of ground meat and pork and almond flour as a substitute for the bread crumbs. It features a sweet and tangy ketchup sauce that is finger-licking good!

    Ingredients

    Sugar-Free Ketchup Topping

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the dry spices, grated parmesan cheese, and almond flour. Then add the ground beef, ground pork, onions, minced cloves, chopped carrot, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and eggs. Combine the mixture well until just combined. Do not overmix.
    3. Transfer the prepared meatloaf into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes.
    4. Prepare the ketchup sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl.
    5. Take the meatloaf out of the oven, remove the foil wrap and spread the ketchup sauce evenly on top of the meatloaf return back into the oven, and bake for another 15-20 minutes until cooked through and the ketchup glaze has set. The meatloaf will be done when it reaches 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer.
    6. Allow the meatloaf to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
    7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.

    Notes

    Tips For The Perfect Keto Meatloaf Recipe

    1. Use a combination of ground beef and pork for optimal flavor and moisture one of the secrets to a delicious meatloaf is to use a combination of ground beef and pork. The pork adds fat and moisture, while the beef provides flavor and texture. For this keto meatloaf recipe, we recommend using 85/15 ground beef (which has 85% lean meat and 15% fat) combined with ground pork.
    2. Use almond flour in place of traditional bread crumbs. For a gluten-free meatloaf, this recipe uses a combination of almond flour and parmesan cheese in place of bread crumbs. Not only does this make the meatloaf gluten-free, but it also helps to keep it low-carb and keto-friendly. If you don't want to use almond flour, you can use crushed pork rinds instead.
    3. Watch out for dryness. One common complaint about meatloaf is that it can be dry. To avoid this, be sure not to overmix the meat mixture. As it's a sure way to make it tough. This recipe adds plenty of moisture in the form of eggs, a medium carrot that has been finely chopped, and the use of ground pork. Another tip is to bake your meatloaf covered for the first part of the cooking time, which will help to trap moisture. Cook until it's just about cooked through; since it will continue to cook during the time it rests.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 13.9gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 7.8gNet Carbohydrates: 5.8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 17g

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