My Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe
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My Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

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The Rice Krispies used in this recipe are my mom’s secret ingredient. While they may seem odd or out of place, they help hold the meat loaf together. Once cooked, no one realizes they're even there. —Kelly Simmons, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small green or sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 299 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix chili sauce and ketchup. In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies, onion, green pepper, cheese, egg, salt and pepper; stir in half of the chili sauce mixture. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Transfer beef mixture to an ungreased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Make a shallow indentation down center of loaf. Spread remaining chili sauce mixture over loaf, being sure to fill indentation.
  3. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; use a turkey baster to remove drippings every 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Heinz chili sauce.
Originally published as My Mom's Best Meat Loaf in Taste of Home April/May 2014

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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dverzic User ID: 762717 254683
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"I'm giving this five stars just to balance out the review by the person who didn't make it but who wants to complain that it has too many carbs. Come on people, if it's not something you would ever make, don't review it! Sounds really good to me!"

Tricia6 User ID: 8930961 254432
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"This is a basic, nice satisfying meatloaf recipe, but I wouldn't say extraordinary. I added about a half teaspoon of dried savory to give it a little complexity. Got a big kick out of the rice krispies going "snap, crackle, pop" as I mixed all the ingredients together. Tried it out on my husband and mother-in-law, and they both had two big helpings. Surrounded the meatloaf with quartered potatoes and mixed vegetables, and mixed some chili sauce with an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce and poured that over the potatoes and vegs. Everything baked together, and it was pretty tasty."

bellville User ID: 3543743 254175
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"My husband doesn't care for meatloaf - he liked this one! I did sub finely chopped mushrooms (had on hand )for the Rice Krispies and grated 5 cheese blend for the mozzarella (had on hand). Baked, uncovered, in a 9x9 pan for 70 minutes. Made for 4 adults. Everyone enjoyed the flavor."

egel User ID: 6966165 254137
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2016

"Delicious! This will be my new favorite meat loaf recipe. I'm thinking the left overs are going to make a great sandwich too!"

Dianecostello User ID: 8789813 254130
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2016

"That is full of carbs and a waste of calories! Hello, Cereal! Not!"

blclark63 User ID: 2203493 254095
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"I have a question. Do you cover the meatloaf before baking?"

KookieB User ID: 8859340 254087
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"Tried many recipes over the yrs. and this one is good. Husband is gluten free so it works.

I never make this dish in a loaf pan as it tends to steam it instead of baking it for a much better flavor. I shape it, place it in a 9x13 baking pan. It browns up nicely."

Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 232837
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"My new favorite recipe! I have been looking for a meatloaf that is tasty, classic, easy to prepare, and fit for a picky eater (describing myself here!). This recipe is perfect and the sauce completes it!"

sonic0026 User ID: 2667004 230359
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"My family has been quite underwhelmed by my previous efforts at making meatloaf. But when I tried this recipe on them, they couldn't get enough. I now get frequent requests for this meatloaf, which according to them , is the best they have ever had."

PenelopeWin User ID: 5924001 223998
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"I thought this meatloaf was the best meatloaf I have ever (and I really mean ever) made. I can not eat gluten due to dietary restrictions and I thought I would give this one a try. I used the Kelloggs gluten free rice Krispies. It was similar to my old recipe that used bread crumbs. I did use a little more than 2 pounds of meat. It was also 90% lean. My husband raved about this meatloaf. He is very picky and not loose with food compliments. I would recommend that you follow the directions and suction out the grease quite frequently. If you don't I think the loaf will be too mushy. I did not have any trouble with it being too much cereal. I couldn't even tell there were rice krispies in it. It was really very good."

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