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My Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

My Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for My Mom's Best Meat Loaf

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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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"just like my own Mom made."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"Extreme flavor and a nice departure from a standard meatloaf! I even used 93/7 lean meat! I added 2 loaves of garlic and sautéed the vegetables prior to placing them in the mix."

Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"Meatloaf is a mainstay at my house, and I think I have made at least ten variations over the years. This one comes very close to being our favorite. I used a combination of ground lean beef and ground pork, used two eggs, did not add the salt, added a tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. I used a glass loaf pan as shown in the picture, but not mentioned in the recipe. Perfecto! As a volunteer field editor, I am happy to recommend this recipe.. and, no, you cannot taste the Rice Krispies.. they do help to absorb some of the extra drippings."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I made this exactly as written and it is excellent. My husband, who does not usually care for meat loaf so I don't make it often, ate three slices. I'm so glad to find one he likes because it is one of my favorites."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"This is the best meat loaf ever!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"I just made this for dinner last and my family fell in love with it. Very tasty, and the Rice Crispies are an interesting touch. The chili sauce topping was the big hit, but we all love that flavor so I knew they'd love it. Great job!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"very good, I mixed 1 lb beef with 1 lb venison burger, so I had very little fat to drain out. It had so much stuff in it, it probably should have had 2 eggs. I had to cook mine for an extra 20 minutes to get it to the proper temp. It didn't stay together very well, but it was delicious!!!"

Granny Grey
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"Was looking for a different meatloaf recipe and made this tonight--it was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly as stated and it came out great! The kids loved the idea that there were rice crispies inside! Thank you for this recipe, I'll be adding it to my recipe box!"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"This was a huge success in my family. It had a good texture, not too dense as some meat loaves tend to be. The chili mixture on top was the best versus others."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Great tasting meatloaf, ours held together just fine. We followed the recipe and thought it had the right tanginess. Next time we might try to add a couple ingredients just because we love the heat of red pepper flashes and some brown sugar to the glaze on top."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"I made it exactly as the recipe reads. My husband and I both liked it. I will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"I love meatloaf, but for some reason I just didn't care for this one! The loaf didn't hold together, and I think that is due to there's just too much cereal in the meatloaf. I did mix together a bit more of the ketchup and chili sauce to top the loaf, as I prefer a bit more glaze, but I have to say, the ketchup and chili sauce was really 'rich' in taste, maybe a bit too rich for my taste. Today I reheated the meatloaf for dinner, and while the meatloaf held together better, I still didn't care for how it tasted. Kelly, I'm sorry I wasn't able to give your recipe a good review."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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