Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes: Volume 1

I recently obtained more than 100 Hunt’s Tomato Sauce recipe matchbooks from 1957-1963. I thought it’d be fun to share the images and the recipes over a series of posts. I haven’t had the audacity to try any of these recipes, but if/when I do I will post the results


3 to 3 1/2 chuck roast
Meat tenderizer*
1 8-0z can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup French Dressing
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Sprinkle roast with tenderizer according to package directions. Combine Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, French dressing and garlic powder. Pour over meat and marinate several hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Grill over hot coals to desired doneness. Makes 5 to 6 servings.
*If instant tenderizer is used, add just before cooking, following package directions.
Hunt’s Tomato Sauce is so easy to use! Just cook it into stews, soups, spaghetti, rice, meat loaf, eggs, fish, vegetables, gravies. Perfect for leftovers.


2 lbs. veal for stew, cubed
4 tbs. Wesson, pure vegetable oil
1 cup finely sliced celery
1 large onion, sliced
2 8-0z cans Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 8-oz. pkg. noodles, cooked
4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Brown veal in Wesson. Add celery and onion and cook until tender. Blend together Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, water, sugar, paprika and salt. Pour over meat. Cover and simmer 2 hours, or until the veal is tender. Lightly toss the hot cooked noodles with parsley. Arrange on a platter. Pour goulash over noodles. Makes 6 servings.

22 thoughts on “Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes: Volume 1

  1. I’ve been looking all over for the Hunts match book recipes! My dad used the recipes from the match books when I was a little girl. He asked me to find some of his favorites for him. Do you by any chance have the 7 layer casserole or Sheppard’s pie recipes/books?
    It would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift. My dad just had his 78th birthday, June 12. He raised me and my 3 siblings on his own. Cooked us dinner every night when he got home from work, the hunts recipes quick and convenient meals for a single dad.
    I would buy him the recipe book, if I could find a source.
    Oh I hope you’ll share more photos/recipes. Please?
    Jill – grateful daughter. I love my dad!

  2. WOW! What a gem. My mom used these recipes in the 60s. I saw a love is article from the 70s. I flashed back to Matchbook Recipas. Googled it. Found a few.

  3. looking for your recipe for Spanish Rice. I first found it on a matchbook. I would love to have it.

    1. Skillet Spanish Rice

      1/4 cup Wesson, pure vegetable oil
      1 cup raw regular rice
      1 medium onion, thinly sliced
      1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
      1/2 lb ground beef
      2 8-oz cans Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
      1 3/4 cups hot water
      1 tsp prepared mustard (optional)
      1 tsp salt
      1/4 tsp pepper

      Heat Wesson oil in large skillet, add rice and brown lightly, then add onion, green pepper and beef. Stir over high heat until meat is lightly
      browned. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well, bring quickly to boil. Cover tightly, simmer 25 minutes. Makes 4 servings. If desired, meat
      may be omitted, stir in 1/2 cup shredded cheese just before serving.

  4. A favorite when I was a child was Hot Dog Casserole. Do any of your matchbooks have that recipe? My kids love it also. They are 38 & 35 now!

  5. Do you have the meatloaf one? I remember it was my favorite over 50 years ago and have been looking for the recipe for a long time.

    1. I found it: Savory Meat Loaf

      1 1/2 lbs ground beef
      1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
      1/4 cup finely chopped onion
      1 1/2 tsp salt
      1/4 tsp pepper
      1 egg, slightly beaten
      1 1/2 cups Hunt’s catsup

      Lightly mix beef, bread crumbs, onion, salt, peper, egg, and one cup of catsup. Form into loaf in shallow baking pan.
      Bake at 350 for one hour. Remove excess fat. Pour remaining catsup over loaf. Bake 5-10 mins longer. Makes 6-8 servings.

  6. I just recently found a whole coffee can of these full matchbooks in a house i just moved into. They are very interesting reading.

    1. Sorry it took so long. I forgot all about this forum. Sorry. I searched my coffee can full of matchbooks and found this one:

      Hot Dog Surprise

      1 lb franks, sliced
      1 onion, chopped
      2 tbsp Wesson Oil
      3 tbsp flour
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 cup Hunts catsup
      1/2 cup water
      1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      8 hotdog buns

      Cook franks and onion in oil until lightly browned; blend in flour, salt, catsup, and water. Cook 5 minutes. Add cheese and heat one minute.
      Spoon into hollowed out buns. Wrap securely in foil Bake at 350 degrees F, for 15-20 minutes. 8 servings.

      1. Thanks! The one I remember had hot dogs, green pepper, onion, potatoes & tomato sauce. Send the hot dog loaf. It sounds interesting. Thanks again!

  7. I would like to find a recipe I loved. Pork chops cooked in the same pan with rice, tomato sauce, and pineapple chunks, along with onions green peppers and seasonings. If you find it, please share. Thanks much.

  8. Hot Dog Loaf

    1/4 cup chopped onion
    2 Tbsp Wesson, pure vegetable oil
    1 8 oz can of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
    1 Tbsp prepared mustard
    2 tsp brown sugar
    2 tsp vinegar
    1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
    1 loaf french bread
    1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    15 frankfurters, cut in half lengthwise

    Cook onion in Wesson until golden. Add Hunts Tomato Sauce and seasonings. Simmer about 10 mins.
    Cut ends off bread and slice loaf into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Split each piece almost through to form
    a “sandwich”. Spread inside of sandwich with sauce mixture, sprinkle in half the cheese. Lay 3
    frank halves in each sandwich and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Reassemble loaf and wrap in aluminum
    foil; place on cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 10 sandwiches.

  9. I am looking for a recipe my wonderful mother in law made for her family. She called it Chuck Wagon Beans and it came from a matchbook. I know she used Hunts tomatoes and she also used B & M BAKED RED KIDNEY BEANS which are rather sweet and almost impossible to find. Though I am winging it when I make this dish, I would love to make the exact Matchbook recipe for these beans if I could find the recipe. Thank you.

  10. My mom used to make “Oven Stew Italiano” from a matchbook. I would love to find that recipe.

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