Philly Cheese Meatloaf

Philly Cheese Meatloaf recipe | Jazz up meatloaf with bell pepper, onion, and provolone cheese to give it the classic flavor of Philly cheesesteak!

After we enjoyed last menuโ€™s Meatloaf Parmesan so much, I decided to attempt another twist on meatloaf. This time my inspiration was a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Like the Meatloaf Parmesan, it was a hit!


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Several dashes salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices provolone cheese


Preheat the oven to 350ยฐF. In a skillet, sautรฉ the onion and pepper in the oil until tender. Combine these veggies with the remaining ingredients except the cheese in a bowl. Place half of this mixture into a greased loaf pan and top with 3 of the slices of provolone cheese. Repeat so you have two meat-cheese layers.

Bake for 45 minutes (the internal temperature of the meat should reach 165ยฐF). Allow the meatloaf to sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Yield: 4-5 servings.

Philly Cheese Meatloaf | Jazz up meatloaf with bell pepper, onion, and provolone cheese to give it the classic flavor of Philly cheesesteak!


I used ground turkey when making this meatloaf and it turned out very well. It definitely tasted reminiscent of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich! Having two layers of provolone cheese was especially nice. When I make it next time, I will try it with ground beef. I think this will give it an even richer flavor!

The ingredients for this meatloaf cost approximately $8.29, which is just $2.07 per serving (if consumed in four servings). With a vegetable served on the side, this cost increases to about $2.24 per serving.

Will your family enjoy this flavorful spin on meatloaf?

Shared on the following link-ups:

Weekend Potluck, Think Tank Thursday, Home and Garden Thursday, Teach Me Tuesday, Titus 2 Tuesday, Handmade Tuesdays, The Art of Home-Making and Monday’s Musings.








  1. My brother and my dad are going to go CRAZY for this! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. I love Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and my husband loves meatloaf so I think this could be a real hit in our household. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. My oh my! That looks mighty fine. I am a lover of meatloaf and this makes it so special. Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck!!

    • These little changes do make it special! It’s nice that it has extra veggies in it and tastes so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This looks delicious! I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

  6. YUMMMM! This lovely recipe got our attention at Weekend Potluck and is being featured at this week’s party. Can’t wait to see what you bring to our virtual table this week. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. why can’t u put the onions&peppers in raw & let them cook in the meat

    • Hi Barbara,
      You certainly can add them in raw and let them cook as the meatloaf bakes. This works well for the onion, but the pepper comes out pretty crisp tender. My family prefers the pepper be cooked until it is soft, so I precook it. If you don’t mind crisp tender pepper, then go for it! It’ll save you a little time and you’ll have fewer dishes to clean up. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I did put the onions and peppers in raw, as my family likes the firmer texture. I also drizzled A1 over the meatloaf before adding the cheese. It was a hit!

        • Thanks for sharing that this worked well for you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
          The A1 would be a tasty addition. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. christine davis says:

    Philly girl here…I made this tonight and they loved it! Definitely a keeper recipe! Thank you!

  9. Would this be good with Colby Jack cheese? & I have actual philly cheese steak.. It’s frozen, but do you think it would turn out as good?

    • Hi Cass,
      I think it would be great with Colby Jack! To me, provolone has a pretty mild flavor, so the Colby Jack will probably give it a richer taste. I’d eat it this way! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Let us know how it turns out!

  10. This looks DELICIOUS! I’m going to try it asap. Love simple yet yummy recipes. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Can’t wait to try this. Do you think adding banana peppers and mushrooms – everything I order on a cheese steak – would mess up the recipe?

    • Hi Priscilla,
      If you like banana peppers and mushrooms on the sandwich, then I think they would be fine in the meatloaf.
      You’re making me think of all sorts of new things I could add!

  12. Do we need to cover it with foil to make it more juicy or just pop it in there without foil?

    • Hi Prinshell,
      I do not cover mine with foil and it turns out fine. I think the veggies and cheese help it stay moist.
      However, it would be fine to cover it with foil (especially if you want it to be super moist). I’d just remove the foil towards the end so the top layer of cheese can brown a bit.

  13. Did your top layer of cheese burn? Should I have covered with foil?

    • Hi Nancy,
      I did not use foil and did not have trouble with burning. You can see in the pictures in the post that the top layer of cheese did brown, but it didn’t burn.
      If yours burned, then foil would definitely be a good idea.

  14. This was great! I used extra cheese….

  15. My husband literally won’t shut up about how good this was tonight. Delicious, and easy! Thanks for posting.

  16. Just wondering, you don’t need to brown the meat?

  17. carol haslach says:

    Have made a meatloaf similar with cheerer cheese. Used onions, ketchup, egg, bread crumbs, .

    • That sounds yummy, Carol. I think cheese really takes meatloaf to a whole new level!

      • I’m curious, one pound of meat doesn’t seem like a lot. Would doubling this recipe be possible in a loaf pan and if so what would be the cooking time?

        • Hi Terra,
          Yes, you can use 2 lbs of meat. I’d add a second egg to help hold everything together. It will likely reach the top of the loaf pan with this amount, so I’d place a baking sheet beneath it while it bakes just in case some cheese or juices run over. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bake for 1 hr at 350ยฐF. Use a meat thermometer to check the temp and make sure it is done. Enjoy!

  18. Am I reading the recipe correct?? You COOK the ground beef BEFORE it’s baked????

    • Thanks for your question, Deb. No, you don’t cook the beef before baking it. You saute the onion and pepper. Once they are tender, you remove them from the skillet and mix them in with the beef, bread crumbs, etc. in a bowl. Then you assemble the meatloaf.
      Does that make sense? Please let me know if you have additional questions.

  19. I have a recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes that my husband loves, so I thought I’d try this even though he’s not a huge meatloaf fan. That recipe calls for A=1 rather than Worcestershire sauce, so that is the only change I made. That said, I thought it was just ok, with a bit of odd aftertaste.. I don’t think I would make it again. I much prefer my regular meatloaf recipe, sorry.

    • Hi Mari,
      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it, but I’m glad you already have a meatloaf recipe and the sloppy joe recipe that you can enjoy. Thanks for the feedback!

  20. Lori Pacheco says:

    Do you know the nutrition facts on this? I am counting my carbs, protein fiber and fats

    • I do not, Lori. I would have to look up the info on each individual ingredient and then calculate the nutrition facts for a single piece of meatloaf. Unfortunately, I just don’t have time to do this. ๐Ÿ™

  21. What type of bread crumbs? Plain, seasoned or Panko? Also I have 1.71 lbs of ground beef should o double egg and eyeball the rest ? I will probably use 2 pans with one being smaller

    • Hi Marie,
      I’ve used both plain bread crumbs and seasoned bread crumbs. It has worked well with either (I think I prefer the plain, though, in this recipe).
      Yes, I would double the egg if using 1.71 lbs of ground beef.
      I hope you enjoy it!

  22. Joyce W. says:

    If I were to double this to serve a crowd, what size pan would I use?

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Joyce,
      The easiest thing to do would be to use two loaf pans and simply make two meatloaves. However, if you don’t have two loaf pans, you can actually double the recipe using only one pan.
      Use 2 lbs of meat and a second egg to help hold everything together. Use the same amount of cheese, onion, bell pepper, and breadcrumbs (you don’t want the pan to overflow), but you can add additional salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. The meatloaf will reach the top of the loaf pan with this amount, so be sure to place a baking sheet beneath it while it bakes just in case some cheese or juices run over. Bake for 1 hr at 350ยฐF. Use a meat thermometer to check the temp and make sure it is done.
      A lot of folks actually make “free form” meatloaf without a loaf pan. They just shape the meat and fillings into a loaf shape and place it on a broiler pan or baking sheet. This is always an option, as is using a casserole dish (you’d probably need a 2.5 qt casserole dish for each 2 lbs of meat you use).
      I hope this helps and that you enjoy it!

  23. Did you good the meat first before mixing it with the other ingredients?

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Andrea,
      Do I cook the meat first? No, I don’t. I do saute the veggies to make them tender, but I mix them with the raw ground meat, bread crumbs, egg, etc. and then place it in the loaf pan. The meat then cooks as the meatloaf bakes.

  24. This was good but it tasted more like stuffed peppers than Philly Cheesesteak to me.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed it, even if it tasted more like stuffed peppers. I guess it does have some similarities to that dish!

  25. Made this tonight as written. It was delish! Will become a regular in our rotation. Cheers!

  26. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  27. Can you sub the bread crumbs for almond flour/meal?

    • Hi Ashley,
      I’ve not tried that myself, but I know a few people who use almond flour in place of breadcrumbs in their meatloaf recipes. They say the almond flour versions have a similar texture to those made with breadcrumbs. If they’re being honest, then I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
      I’ve been using oats or cooked quinoa instead of breadcrumbs in recent months and I prefer these over the breadcrumbs.
      If you try the almond flour, please let us know if it works well.

      • It was a great with with the almond flour! I haven’t made it the other way but the texture was fine and my husband loves it. Thank you for the recipe.

        • Fantastic! I love hearing that it can be customized to meet different dietary preferences/needs.
          Thanks for letting us know!

  28. This was delicious!!! I tried it with ground turkey and thought it was great!!!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kristen! Thanks for letting us know.
      It’s one of those recipes that I always wonder why I didn’t think of it sooner!

  29. What would be a good side dish with this recipe?

    • Hi Laci,

      I typically serve it with some sort of potato. Seasoned potato wedges or home fries are our favorites. However, I think it would be great with things like a side salad, vegetable sticks with dip, kettle cooked potato chips, regular french fries, or roasted vegetables (e.g., asparagus, carrots, sweet onion).

      When making regular meatloaf, I automatically think to make mashed potatoes, but that just doesn’t seem to fit with this! I’d actually love to hear what others serve with it.

  30. What was the ratio of lean/fat content of the ground turkey? Did you add anything to make the turkey loaf moister? Thank you!

    • Shannon says:

      I use lean ground turkey (93%/7%). I don’t add anything to make it moister. It’s always seemed to be pretty moist as is…perhaps the moisture in the peppers and onions helps with this.
      Let us know how it works out if you add something to make it moister!

  31. Made this Meatloaf last night first time and has friends over. Everyone loved it will definitely make it again.

  32. Meredith says:

    I don’t have provolone cheese, but I do have Muenster. Would that work as a substitution?

  33. Why do you put a recipe on here and not give the option to print it off

    • Hi Kathy,
      I’m so sorry my blog isn’t as user friendly as it could be. ๐Ÿ™ However, there are a few ways you can print the recipe.
      At the bottom of the post there is a small heading that reads “Enjoy this post? Let others know about it.” One of the buttons under this says “Print.” This button should allow you to print a copy of the post. You can also use your internet browser’s print feature. I’m not sure what browser you use, but I know for certain both Firefox and MS Edge have print features. If all else fails, you can always copy and paste the recipe into a document in MS Word or another word processing program and print it from there.
      I’ll keep your feedback about it being difficult to print the recipe in mind as I continue to make improvements to the site! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Made this tonight and it was INCREDIBLE. the best meatloaf I’ve ever had, and I don’t consider meatloaf to be a favorite meal but I will be making this again. Even better, my husband loved it too! Thanks for sharing

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Brandi,
      Fantastic! I smiled at your comment because I love the feeling I get when a dish is delicious and loved by the whole family. I’m glad you have another meal to add to your favorites!

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