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Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce Recipe
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Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce Recipe

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I used to serve this meat loaf in my cafe. Everyone asked for it. I adapted the recipe so I could make it in my slow cooker at home, where it's quite popular, too. —Robert Cox, Las Cruces, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional chili sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 253 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 686 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch


  1. Cut four 20x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into a 9-in. round loaf. Place loaf in center of strips in slow cooker.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°. If desired, spoon additional chili sauce over meat loaf; let stand 10 minutes. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased shallow baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"I was initially skeptical about fixing meatloaf in a slow cooker but my oven is on the blink so I tried it using another recipe before seeing this one. It was a hit so decided to give this one a try and it's now on my rotation as well. I'm now a believer of cooking meatloaf in the slow cooker unless I'm rushed for time.

This is a good recipe as is but I changed the glaze to one I always use. I start with chili sauce but mix in a little ketchup and brown sugar and finish by placing the loaf under the broiler for a minute or two for the best results."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I really like this and it made great sandwiches too!"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015 Edited Apr. 15, 2015

"This is a great recipe! I can't believe I've lived in the southwest all my life and never thought of doing this! I'm not very fond of commercial chili sauces (often made with and tasting very much like vinegar), so I used prepared red chile from Bueno Foods instead. The result was perfect and delicious! Definitely going to become a go-to slow cooker recipe in my house!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"This was good. Easy enough. Stayed moist. I baked mine in the oven as I was short on time but the chili sauce gave it a nice twang."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"What is Chili Sauce? Is there a favorite kind you use?"

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