Simple Ranch House Meatloaf

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

Easy and tasty served either hot or cold, wonderful sliced cold for a picnic or sandwiches. We have enjoyed this basic meatloaf for many years.Try a change, instead of the usual topping, try your favourite salsa brushed on top, a nice Chipotle medium or hot salsa is wonderful on it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all the meat loaf ingredients together.
  2. Pack into a 5 x 9 loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 325f degrees for 1 1/4 hours.
  4. Remove from oven, turn out of pan and place on an ovenproof serving dish.
  5. Topping: Mix the topping ingredients.
  6. Brush over the meat loaf and return to the oven for 30 minutes or longer.
  7. Note: The finished meat loaf can be frozen or the meat loaf ingredients can be split into 2 smaller loaf pans, cooked, topped, cooled and frozen.
  8. Defrost and reheat or use sliced cold.
  10. 4 tablespoons chilli sauce.
  11. 3 tablespoons splenda.
  12. 4 tablespoons spreadable soft cream cheese - light.
  13. 1 tablespoon hot horseradish.
  14. 1 teaspoon dry mustard.
  15. Combine all and brush on top of meatloaf instead of above topping.
Most Helpful

5 5

Dorothy, my husband loved this meatloaf, he said it kind of tasted like pork. I think it was the thyme and the beef broth. He wasn't crazy about the topping, so he just scraped it off. Thanks for a good meatloaf recipe!

5 5


UPDATE: I just made this again and I am still amazed at how firm and moist this meatloaf is at the same time.

I made this for a company who I cater for. To make it for fifty people I wanted to keep it basic so I didn't use the thyme or sage. I didn't use the glaze because I served it with gravy and it was the most delicious meatloaf ever. Thanks again, Derf. It is the only meatloaf recipe I will ever use.

4 5

I made this recipe on 7/13/12 for mine and my SO's dinner. Except for free- forming the loaf and placing it in a 9x13 in.baking dish,the recipe was made as it was written.After baking, I let it " rest "for about 10 minutes and it sliced perfectly without any crumbling at all.!! Very enjoyable taste. Thank you so much for posting, and " Keep Smiling :) "