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Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing

Makes

8 servings

I used to serve this meat loaf in my cafe, where so many of my customers asked for it. I adapted the recipe for my slow cooker at home, where it's quite popular, too. —Robert Cox, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional chili sauce, optional

Directions

  1. Cut four 20x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into a 9-in. round loaf. Place loaf in center of strips in slow cooker.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°. If desired, spoon additional chili sauce over meat loaf; let stand 10 minutes. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter.
  4. Freeze option: Cover and freeze leftover meat loaf slices in a greased 2-qt. shallow baking dish. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Reheat meat slices, covered, until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 253 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 686mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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