The tastiest meatloaf recipe ever

This meatloaf recipe is so tasty and delicious and so addictive, you’ll swear there’s crack in it, but it’s all good.

The measurements are given in metric, but if you’re an American, you can use Josh Madison’s convert utility and substitute South African brand name ingredients with your own.

You need a large mixing bowl and a large wooden spoon plus two meatloaf dishes.

This meal fixes quickly and easily with little mess or fuss, so if you’re an impatient bachelor like me, you can rest assured you’ll be eating this meal about 60 minutes after it goes into the oven.

I got the original basic recipe from a female friend of mine, but I’ve adapted it by trial and error to this rare state of perfection. Honestly, there is no better recipe for meatloaf than the one I am about to share with you.

You need the following ingredients:

  • Roughly 1 kilogram of lean beef mince
  • 2 cups of Jungle Oats
  • 4 Weetbix biscuits, crumbled
  • 1 packet of brown onion soup
  • 15 gram packet of Robertson’s spices – cumin and coriander casserole mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 can of hot and spicy Chakalaka (you might not be able to obtain this easily outside of South Africa)
  • 1 packet of streaky bacon (optional)
  • some Mrs Balls chutney if you like, original recipe or extra hot, as you like it
  • some sweet chili sauce from WoolWorths (optional)

Before you start mixing this up, preheat your oven to 200C, so it’s at that temperature when you put the meatloaf dishes in.


Crumble the 4 Weetbix biscuits into the mixing bowl. Add the 2 cups of Jungle Oats. Add the brown onion soup and the cumin and coriander mix. Mix this up. Add some sweet chili sauce and chutney. Dump in the can of Chakalaka. Mix thoroughly. You should have a very dry paste. Add in the cup of milk. Stir it well until it is thoroughly mixed in. Add the 4 eggs – this is to bind the mixture. Mix thoroughly again. Add in 500 grams of beef mince and mix it thoroughly in. Add the other 500 grams of mince and mix it thoroughly in. The reason you don’t add all the mince in at once, is because it’s easier to mix in a smaller quantity at a time, especially if you are doing this by hand. Your hand will probably get a bit tired and sore because it is a bit of hard graft, so take a short break if necessary.

Now prepare your dishes. You can smear them with butter or spray them with Spray ‘n Cook. Line the dishes with the bacon strips. This is optional, but it adds flavour.

Now spoon the meatloaf mixture into both dishes equally and smooth the tops out.

Put the dishes into the oven for 60 minutes on 200C.

When they come out, the tops will be nice and crispy and the edges should have pulled away from the dish.

Under no circumstances should you try experimenting with this mixture by adding in tomato. If you do, the meatloaf will fall apart – the tomato causes it to not bind properly. I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t work, okay.

That’s it. This is the best meatloaf mixture you will ever eat! You can eat it hot or cold, it doesn’t matter. You can eat it plain or you can smother it in a pepper sauce gravy. You don’t need vegetables or carbohydrates like pasta or rice with this, because all of that stuff is baked right in. This is a complete meal and you’re getting your fibre with it too – a totally balanced, healthy meal.

This will serve one bachelor for about one day. Theoretically, it could last longer, but once you start eating it, you will not want to eat anything else, so in practice both dishes last about 6 hours tops.

Bon App├ętit, or whatever they say in your neck of the woods.


  1. says

    Every time I read your blog I see another area of your expertise, Richard. You are truly a renaissance man. :) Unfortunately, I wouldn’t have a clue where to get any of the ingredients. Well, maybe the milk and eggs and meat, I guess. Christ, we don’t even have Woolworths any more. (Although the chain was started in my country way back in 1878 by F.W. Woolworth, the stores survive today only in the UK, Germany, Austria, Mexico and South Africa.) That sucks. I mean it sucks for me. I remember them as a kid. Sigh.

    Relax Maxs last blog post..C’mon C’mon, let’s all get happy!

  2. says

    @Max: You’ll just have to improvise and find out what local ingredients you can substitute.

    Some people might, for instance, find that this recipe has too much fibre in it.

    Cooking for me is a creative outlet. I don’t fancy eating the same repetitive menus week in, week out, so I like to mix things up and change things around all the time.

    An interesting stat landed in my inbox today. Apparently 14.6% of South African women bake for pleasure.

    The other 85% fuck for fun.

    Guess which kind of woman I’m after.

  3. says

    Can’t they do both? So very limiting :)

    I really came to ask about Chakalaka. Spicy vegetable relish came up when I googled. Is it/are they in a sauce? Is it like a chutney in consistency?

  4. says

    @A.: I have Chakalaka linked above. The description which comes up is:

    “Chakalaka is a spicy African vegetable relish traditionally served with bread, pap, samp, stews or curries. To balance its fiery flavour, it is sometimes served with amasi (thick sour milk). Chakalaka is said to have originated in the townships of Johannesburg.”

    It’s much thicker and chunkier than chutney in consistency. I guess you could use any vegetable relish as a substitute.

  5. Val Cumming says

    At last a meatloaf recipe that is not boring! I froze the other one for another day. Just hubby and me, we cannot eat so much.

  6. daltjies says

    hallo gals and boys , i just want to make a meatloaf for tonite . any simle recipes

  7. says

    @Daltjies: meatloaf is one of the easiest things to make. If you don’t have the above ingredients, you can improvise. You can substitute bread for the oats and weetbix above. Add milk to the bread (or water if you lack sufficient milk) until you have a slurry. Season the bread slurry with herbs and spices, salt and pepper or a packet of soup or stock cubes – whatever comes to hand. Add your meat, eggs and mix together well. Bake for an hour.

  8. Debbie says

    Richard, do you have any innovative vegetable cutlet recipes. Your Meat Loaf looks awesome – i’ll be giving that a try tomorrow!