Classic Meat Loaf Recipe

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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
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Classic Meat Loaf in Country Ground Beef 1993, p35

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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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."

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