Ritzy Red Pepper Meatloaf

Ritzy Red Pepper Meatloaf

Adapted from Miranda Lambert’s Meatloaf Recipe

Serves 6-8


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground breakfast sausage (Also try ground chorizo or Italian sausage)
  • 15 finely crushed Ritz crackers (half a sleeve)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle or Sweet ‘n Spicy)
  • 2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped finely
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped finely
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional 1/4 cup BBQ sauce for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan or casserole dish with tin foil. This will make clean up easier.
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. The best way is with your hands.
  3. Shape into a loaf on the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  5. Remove loaf from oven, top with additional BBQ sauce and bake for another 15 minutes before serving.

Ritzy Meatloaf- Pinterest

Nothing makes for good looking food photography like a sloppy, saucy meatloaf, am I right? Hear me out though, while the word “meatloaf” might conjure images of the dried out, sad weeknight casserole of your youth, this meatloaf is anything but! A depth of flavor from a mix of ground beef and sausage, a rich, roasty crunch from red bell peppers and a little zip from some BBQ sauce on top really sets this meatloaf apart. Oh and don’t forget the secret weapon- buttery crackers instead of breadcrumbs! This is a great recipe to throw together in a pinch and a good way to use up any random veggies you might be trying to get rid of. What better way to hide vegetables than inside a loaf of meat?

Conversely, you can also serve your veggies on the side too. Nothing beats a heaping helping of meatloaf and some lightly buttered green peas. That’s good eating!

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