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Meatloaf With Chili Sauce


Covering the cooked meatloaf with chili sauce then returning it to the oven for a few minutes gives a slightly sweet, mildly spicy glaze on top.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce, plus 1/4 cup for glaze
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. In a large bowl, pour milk over bread; let soak, about 30 seconds. Add sirloin, pork, onion, garlic, 1/2 cup chili sauce, parsley, Parmesan, eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using your hands, mix until combined; do not overmix or meatloaf will be dense.

  2. Divide mixture in half. Gently pat each half into a log, and place each log in an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Do not press down or into corners.

  3. Bake 50 minutes. Brush tops of loaves with remaining 1/4 cup chili sauce; continue cooking until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 160 degrees, about 10 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes. Turn loaves out of pans; slice each into eight 3/4-inch-thick slices.

Cook's Notes

For a loaf with crisp edges, shape the meat mixture with your hands into a log slightly smaller than the pan. And for a light texture, don’t press the log into the pan; just drop it in.

This recipe makes two loaves. Freeze one for later in the pan, covered with foil; defrost completely in refrigerator, and reheat at 300 degrees, for about 10 minutes.

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  • Pete Ramirez
    26 JUL, 2013
    I made this recipe before but added just a little bit of diced carrots & diced celery and for the chili sauce I used 1 part sriracha to 2 parts of Lucille's spicy BBQ sauce. OMG! It was delicious!
    28 APR, 2013
    hands down the best meatloaf recipe out there
  • Lucyhuto
    20 MAR, 2013
  • CarlaB
    24 FEB, 2013
    I found this recipe in 2007. I have tried others since then but always go back to this one. I make a glaze using 1/2 c ketchup, 4 T. brown sugar & 4 tsps. apple cider vinegar. I put 2 slices of bacon across the top of the meatloaf then a couple T. of the glaze, then bake per the recipe. I also saute my onions and garlic in a little olive oil for 4-5 mins. before putting into the meatloaf.
  • angeldoe
    18 SEP, 2011
    I made this recipe sans the chili sauce, I didn't have any on hand. So i substituted ketchup and barbecue sauce. I also added a shredded carrot and 1 finely chopped rib of celery. It is really easy and very moist. I also used wheat bread instead of white. Also, used evaporated milk instead of plain. thanks!
  • kharetos
    12 JUL, 2011
    This recipe is awesome! I don't like meatloaf normally but when I saw this on TV, it looked pretty good. It bakes up easily and stays moist. It has really nice flavor and was a hit with my family, even my 10 year old! The best part is that it makes 2, so you can freeze one and have a ready made main dish for later.
  • Sierra36
    13 OCT, 2008
    Oh my gosh! This was an excellent meatloaf!! I didn't change a thing, I followed the exact recipe. My son is not big on meatloafs but said that this one was really good. This one is a keeper for me! Moist and full of flavor!
  • vickiematt
    4 SEP, 2008
    The ingredients sound good - good flavor - will try it tonight. I'd like to make a general suggestion though - it would really be helpful to add all the nutritional information at the end of your recipes, especially for those people on special diets. I would think Martha would be in line with this since she is so health conscious herself. Thanks.
  • kengin
    3 SEP, 2008
    a spicy mushroom sauce instead of chilli glaze would be nice
  • JRuby
    3 SEP, 2008
    I buy chili sauce in regular grocery stores. It is in the condiment section, near the ketchup here in FL. I find it is usually on the top shelves. I really like it