Meatloaf with Chili Sauce (Heritage Recipe)


2 lbs. hamburger
2/3 c. cracker crumbs (saltines, etc.)
2/3 c. milk
Dehydrated or fresh onions
1 egg, optional
Seasonall (seasoning salt- I used a Penzeys spice mix instead)
1 tsp. sage
salt and pepper to taste
½ c. ketchup
3 Tb. brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard

Mix all meatloaf ingredients together until well blended. Form into one or two loaves. Stir together topping ingredients. Pour over top of loaves. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

I replaced the topping with:

Chili Sauce (Heritage Recipe)

2 quarts tomatoes (about 12 large)
2 cups onions, chopped
¼ cup sugar
3 Tb. salt
3 cups vinegar
1 green pepper
Tie into a cloth bag:
¾ tsp. cloves
¾ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 red pepper

Boil 3 hours or until desired consistency. Fish out spice bag and ladle mixture into sterilized jars. Seal. Makes 4 pints. If you double recipe do not double salt. Use recent guidelines from your university  extension to avoid safety hazards when canning.

This recipe is from Eliza Turner Green, Great-grandma Glade’s step-mother. We don’t know anyone who would use this recipe now, but it is interesting to see. (Actually it is delicious and makes a wonderful addition to meatloaf.)

Becky's Note: I had to laugh when I read the note on this recipe ("We don't know anyone who would use this recipe now . .").  Last year, I was looking for another use for tomatoes and came across this recipe.  I decided to give it a try despite the fact that I have probably cooked meatloaf once in my life.  Tonight was the first time I tried the chili sauce on the meatloaf and it was amazing!  My husband thought it tasted a lot like A-1 sauce.  I am trying to figure other uses for the sauce because it will probably be several years before I cook meatloaf again.  Any suggestions?


  1. Maybe with meatballs? But that is kind of like meatloaf just smaller!

  2. You can mix it in with hamburgers before cooking them. Also mix with mayo to make 1000 Island Dressing. Mix with grape jelly and simmer meatballs or little sausages in mixture for an appetizer.


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