If you love comfort foods like meatloaf and stuffed peppers then this Meatloaf Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe is bound to be one of your favorites.
A spicy seasoned meatloaf mixture is packed into Bell pepper halves and then wrapped in bacon and baked. The peppers and bacon add their flavors to the meat as it cooks and keeps it nice and moist. And, since you’re talking about small meatloaves, rather than one big one, the cooking time is way shorter — just about 30 minutes.
I love meatloaf. I know it’s totally not a cool thing to love but to me it is one of those iconic comfort foods from my childhood. It’s inexpensive, easy to make, and if you are lucky enough to have leftovers (we never do) it’s even better the next day. Today I was running late, as usual. I had the ingredients for meatloaf out when I spotted some red Bell peppers in the fridge that definitely needed to be used.
Please tell me that I am not the only one that goes to Costco, see’s all this amazing fresh produce, then loses it in the auxiliary fridge until it’s almost too late. Being totally honest? Sometimes it’s way, way, way too late and I just have to feel guilty and through the fuzzy, blue mass away, wondering what it was before it was fuzzy and blue.
This has been a very difficult, busy, crazy week. Well, last week I mean. It began with a two day fundraiser that my assistant and I attended at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. It was lots of fun but tiring. Our pit bull, Cuddles, was in the midst of kidney issues again and we had to have him euthanized on Wednesday. That was traumatic for all of us — some of us are still crying. Then I drove to Houston for the Mixed Conference on Friday and home on Sunday. Tomorrow I drive up to McKinney first thing for a party to kick off a new product by Viva (stay tuned for that) and then I have to submit an article to one of my magazine clients.
All of that to say that my family should feel relatively lucky that they aren’t eating fast food at the moment.
It’s times like this that you want comfort food. Comfort food at my age is the nearest I can get to crawling up into Mom or Dad’s lap and just crying it out. Comfort food is just exactly that — bites of soothing flavor that makes you feel all warm and cocoony.
The meatloaf is a little spicy due to the sriracha ketchup. If you don’t like it then feel free to use regular ketchup instead. Moist, tender, and full of flavor – please give this a try and if you like it save it to your favorite pinterest board!
Meatloaf Stuffed Bell Peppers Wrapped in Bacon
- 3 large Bell peppers
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup sriracha ketchup
- 2 eggs , beaten
- 11/2 teaspoons salt
- 11/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 12 slices bacon
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Cut the peppers in half long-wise and remove seeds and membrane.
- Set aside.
- Mix the ground beef, panko, onion, ketchup, eggs, salt, and pepper together until it is well blended.
- Pack an equal amount of the mixture in each Bell pepper half.
- Wind bacon around the pepper and meatloaf, securing it with toothpicks.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 155F and the bacon is crispy.
- Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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