Meatloaf with Chili Sauce Recipe | PBS Food

Meatloaf with Chili Sauce

A quintessential and much-loved presence in everyday American cuisine, meat loaf can serve as both a quick and satisfying entré e and the main sandwich ingredient for several days of lunches. This version features a chili sauce for a twist on the traditional recipe.


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Yield: Serves 8



  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread torn into pieces
  • 1- 1/2 lb. ground sirloin
  • 1- 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce plus ¼ 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°, 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°, 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.
  5. Note: 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.

Nutrition Info

Per serving: 556 calories; 36.4 grams fat; 36.9 grams protein; 18.6 grams carbohydrates; 1.4 grams fiber
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