Green Olive Meatloaf

Trusted go-to meal. Comfort food. A super tasty dinnertime feast. Would you believe that I am talking about meatloaf?  That’s right, I said meatloaf.


I know there are many who would argue with me and say meatloaf is not a household favorite, but I would have to firmly inform them that they are wrong.  The haven’t tried either of my meatloafs, one of which is a frequent enjoyed in my house. My Green Olive Meatloaf is a staple meal, and has developed out of a re-creation attempt on my part.

Shortly after moving to Colorado, an old friend of my husband invited us over for dinner.  He made his version of meatloaf which included green olives.  I thought it was such a unique and flavorful addition that I just had to try my own.

First, I actually searched for a good, basic meatloaf recipe. After some online digging I settled on a recipe entitled The Perfect Meatloaf on  The recipe makes quite a large loaf, so I have trimmed it back to half the size. I have also kept the saltines as the filler, but replaced the sautéed onions with a generous amount of chopped, green olives.



I have even gotten rave reviews from extended family, who have not broken from their favorite ground turkey meatloaf in years.  See, it pays to try new things!

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Green Olive Meatloaf

1 lb ground beef

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

8 saltine crackers, crushed

1 ½ cups chopped green olives


Heat oven to 375 °F. Add meat to a large bowl along with the egg, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, crackers, and olives. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until well mixed. With wet hands, pat mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf shape on a foil lined and non-stick spray coated baking sheet. Bake until crisp on top and cooked through, about 1 hour. Cool slightly and serve with ketchup.




14 thoughts on “Green Olive Meatloaf

  1. We love meatloaf. My kids actually request it. Never thought of adding olives; I’ll have to give it a try!

  2. I have had the privilege of eating Jackie’s green olive meatloaf, and my husband and I both absolutely love it!

  3. Jackie,
    I am a recent convert to green olives. I didn’t like any olives at all, but my spouse picked up the olive habit during his first Iraq deployment and ordered them on a pizza after his return. They were pretty good! Now I like them on salads and pizza–but I’ve never tried them in a meatloaf.
    This looks great!

    • Kirsten,
      I am glad you are a convert to olive eating! We also enjoy them on pizza and salads, plus they are a frequent addition to our cheese & cracker nights.

  4. I would have never thought to put green olives in a meatloaf. I imagine it’s incredibly tasty though. I always have green olives on hand though (usually 2-3 different types) so next time I make meatloaf, guess where they are going? 🙂

  5. I made the olive meatloaf for our Sunday family meal. Everyone really enjoyed it, and recommended that I make it again. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. I can’t comment on your exact recipe, as I just tried adding olives to my usual meatloaf recipe, but this was a terrific idea! The salty tanginess of the olives paired with the richness of the meat makes a great counterpoint. Thank you so much!

  7. I am really looking forward to making this. You have 3 of my favorites involved : crackers, meatloaf and olives. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I thought this sounded horrible but like a lot of people, if you are going to try it, follow the recipe as it was written the first time before you tweak unless there’s a seriously NO ingredient. Found out olives are WOW!

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