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Grandma's Meatloaf Recipe

User Rating 5 Star Rating (8 Reviews)




Photo: Diana Rattray
This meat loaf is an old-fashioned favorite, made with lean ground beef, chili sauce or ketchup, oats, and other ingredients and seasonings. I usually use extra lean ground beef with 1/2 pound of ground pork. If you use all ground beef, 85% makes a good, juicy meatloaf, or choose ground chuck or ground round.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or 1 pound lean ground beef and 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped celery and onion; cook, stirring, until tender, about 7 to 9 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix ground beef or beef and pork mixture, oats, chili sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, beaten egg, celery and onion mixture, and the water or milk. In a 13x9-inch baking pan, shape meat mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf. Bake at 375° for 1 hour. Using 2 spatulas, carefully move meat loaf to a serving plate and slice.
Serves 6 to 8.

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 5 out of 5
really tasty, Member twocatshere

i only used the beef. i used the sweet chili sauce and some leftover tomato paste. i also put the paste and sauce on top. i have never put celery in meatloaf before but i liked it. i paired it with mashed potatoes,green peas and broccoli rice. it fed 5 of us and everyone liked it!

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