Mom's Secret Ingredient Meatloaf

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by hopeful

My mother made the best meatloaf in town, but would never share her recipe saying it was just a basic meatloaf recipe with a "secret ingredient". Now all MY family and friends beg for this meatloaf, but only my daughter knows the secret ingredient -- now you will too. You will get raves on this one!

Top Review by Dana-MMH

This was delicious...I changed the recipe just a bit. I used breadcrumbs instead of bread, and we didn't use the cheese, it tasted great!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix ground chuck with breadcrumbs.
  2. (extra lean works well too).
  3. Add salt,pepper and egg.
  4. Mixing with you hands now, add the Heinz Chili Sauce and the milk.
  5. Seperate the mixture in half and form 2 loaves.
  6. They will both fit comfortably in a 13" by 9" pan.
  7. Mix the topping together and spread on the top and the sides of the loaves.
  8. Cook at 375 for one hour or 400 for 45 minutes.
  9. Check for firmness.
  10. Let rest for ten minutes before cutting.
  11. Tips---------.
  12. If you have stale bread you can lay 2 slices under each loaf and it will soak up the grease so your meatloaf is a bit leaner upon serving.
  13. Also, you can use the Chili Sauce on top of the meatloaf instead of catsup.
  14. This makes it spicier but my mother never did this because it would have given away her"Secret Ingredient" -- and the kids probably will like it better with catsup on top.
  15. Enjoy!

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