Mom's Secret Ingredient Meatloaf

Recipe by hopeful
READY IN: 1hr 5mins


  • 2 - 2 12
    lbs ground chuck
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1
    cup finely chopped onion (, or you can use 2-3 Tblp dried onion flakes if the kids object to actually seeing the onion)
  • 1
    cup milk
  • 3
    pieces bread, crumbed in food processor
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 18
    teaspoon pepper
  • 13 - 12
    cup Heinz Chili Sauce (NO SUBSTITUTION on this ingredient)
  • Topping
  • 12
    cup catsup
  • 12
    1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese or 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese


  • Mix ground chuck with breadcrumbs.
  • (extra lean works well too).
  • Add salt,pepper and egg.
  • Mixing with you hands now, add the Heinz Chili Sauce and the milk.
  • Seperate the mixture in half and form 2 loaves.
  • They will both fit comfortably in a 13" by 9" pan.
  • Mix the topping together and spread on the top and the sides of the loaves.
  • Cook at 375 for one hour or 400 for 45 minutes.
  • Check for firmness.
  • Let rest for ten minutes before cutting.
  • Tips---------.
  • 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.
  • Also, you can use the Chili Sauce on top of the meatloaf instead of catsup.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!