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Classic Meat Loaf Recipe

It's not fancy, and it doesn't use exotic ingredients...but this is quite simply the best old-fashioned meat loaf I've ever made.—Mary Rea, Orangeville, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 slices whole wheat or white bread, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef


  • 1. In a large bowl, pour milk over bread. Add egg, onion, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; mix thoroughly. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into an 8-in. x 4-in. oval.
  • 2. Bake in a shallow pan at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until no pink remains. Drain. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 183 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 390mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

Reviews for Classic Meat Loaf

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Lowcalmama User ID: 7448511 43912
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"Great, simple recipe! Comfort food for sure. Hubby loved it!"

hlaurusevage User ID: 4709466 40503
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"Sometimes simple is best because you usually have all the ingredients on hand and the dish comes together quickly. Also, this recipe only contains ingredients that enhance the flavor of beef and you end up with a meat loaf that tastes just like you?re expecting it to taste. The end result was juicy, soft in texture not tight, sliced and held together really well and was just delicious. Paired it up with mashed potatoes and roasted zucchini from my yard. This is going to be my go to meat loaf recipe."

mrskrutel User ID: 1362709 47192
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"After trying this recipe just once, my husband and kids got excited when hearing the word 'meatloaf'. If there are any leftovers, they are usually gone the next day. Awesome recipe and very easy!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 47188
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"My husband and I enjoyed this meat loaf; will make again."

EmilyHockett User ID: 6674688 18796
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"Well I would leave out the hot sauce and chili sauce-maybe use ketchup instead but this sounds really good"

bingobrilla User ID: 1040856 18794
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"This is really the best meatloaf I've ever made. I didn't have chili sauce on hand so ketchup was substituted and was great. Thanks for the recipe it's a keeper!"

ErinC71 User ID: 6213638 46292
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Really good meatloaf! Good flavor and stayed together well. Made awesome sandwiches the next day!"

tldlspringer User ID: 6344233 47187
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Super yummy meatloaf! My husband and boys love it! (11 and 9 years old) I like to drizzle ketchup on mine. The rest of my family likes brown gravy on theirs. Great recipe!"

Blackwolfwalker User ID: 1406682 20453
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I love this recipe expecially when I added my own touches such as liquid smoke, garlic, stake sauce."

rhiler User ID: 2066529 16949
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"One of the best meatlaoves I've made, and it slices beautifully. The leftovers made wonderful sandwiches."

slye10001000 User ID: 5787172 20451
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I added some more bread crumbs because I thought the mix was too wet. The meatloaf was delicious."

redluver User ID: 1343016 44857
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I didn't have any chili sauce, so I used salsa instead. It tasted good, but my picky eaters were not impressed with the large chunks of bread - my fault - I should have ground up the bread."

Tanger0578 User ID: 5671648 14353
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"My family LOVED this meatloaf. I cant wait to take it to work for lunch tomorrow."

mrs.rath User ID: 5443537 20242
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"this turned out great, although i was a little skeptical from how the mixture looked....i also used medium salsa instead of chili sauce and because i had ran out of ground beef i used ground elk meat was fantastic! my husband & 2 yr old twins ate it like it was a last meal! will definately make this again, and now i have a for sure use for all the ground elk and venison meat we have!"

PerryLadyM User ID: 5624800 44856
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"I honestly love how simple this recipe was. I enjoyed it. I am a newly wed...I didn't really know that my husband was not a fan of meatloaf. (btw) I think I'll make a smaller one for me and my sisters from time-to-time."

djlanczok User ID: 4810994 20035
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"wow super easy i had all the ingredients in my cuboard, also added teaspoon hungarian paprika and teaspoon of chili pepper. was super meat going to make some awesome meatloaf sandwiches with left overs. 2 spoons up"

JHolan User ID: 2794908 47186
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"This was quick & easy to put together, and my whole family liked it...even the kids (8 & 10 yrs. old)"

tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 40499
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"My husband and I loved this recipe. I didn't have chili sauce, so I used medium salsa in it's place. Excellent flavor, and a delightful all American home-made meal. I served it with boiled red potatoes and asperagus. Thank you Mary!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.