13 Crackers Meatloaf

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is our favorite meatloaf recipe. I finally worked out one that I liked. Many years ago when our kids were growing up, our son asked me one day why I was making meatloaf so often. I told him that I was trying to find one that I liked. He said he liked them all. After I put this one together and we had it for dinner, I thought right away “This is the one!” When I changed from ketchup to chili sauce, it made all the difference. This is a small meatloaf, as we are seniors now, and just the two of us left at home. It would be easy to double the recipe if you need a larger meatloaf. Adjust the baking time however.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (yes 325°F).
  2. Whisk together the egg, chili sauce, milk and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Stir in the onion and bell pepper.
  4. Crumble the ground beef over the mixture, and sprinkle with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Stir all together with spoon.
  6. Add the crumbled crackers and mix well with hands.
  7. Form into a loaf and place in the perforated top portion of a meatloaf pan.
  8. Set into the bottom pan.
  9. Smooth the top and then spread a thin layer, about 1 TB, of chili sauce evenly over the top.
  10. Bake for one hour.


Most Helpful

Loved your story. Loved your meatloaf! I did double the recipe. Thank you!

Beth Brogan November 01, 2009

My boyfriend said this meatloaf is better than his mom's! He's an old farm boy so I took that as a true compliment. I doubled the recipe and used a Tbs of wortestshire sauce. Instead of garlic powder, I used minced garlic- about a teaspoon. The chili sauce made it a bit sweet with some nice heat. It definitely is not your momma's meatloaf. Wonderful!

Evansw1167 April 21, 2013

My whole family and I agree that this is the best meatloaf we've ever had. I used ground turkey for part of the beef, and did not add chili sauce to the mix, only layered sauce on top. Thank you for this great recipe!

cewrdh February 25, 2013

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