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Halloween Jack O Lanterns Stuffed Peppers Recipe

If you’re looking for a Halloween recipe that combines spooky aesthetics with delicious flavors, look no further than this healthy Halloween Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe.

Two stuffed peppers with spiders and a fork on a plate.

This creative and festive dish is the perfect addition to your Halloween dinner spread or a fun project to make with your family.

So, put on your apron, grab your carving tools, and get ready to create these Halloween stuffed peppers that will impress your guests and make your festive celebration truly memorable.

Here’s the scoop on how to create these Halloween Jack O Lanterns Stuffed Peppers. Get ready to make the best spooky masterpiece, step by step.

Halloween Jack O Lanterns Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Ingredients:

Before we dive into the detailed steps, let’s gather all the ingredients and tools you’ll need for this spooky culinary adventure:

Stuffed red peppers with meat on a plate.
  • Bell Peppers: These will serve as edible lanterns for your pumpkin-shaped peppers. You can use orange bell peppers for an authentic pumpkin look.
  • Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey: The choice is yours, but ground beef is a classic option.
  • Cooked Brown Rice: This will add texture and body to your filling. 
  • Black Beans: For added protein and a rich, earthy flavor.
  • Onion: For flavor and aroma.
  • Tomato Sauce: To enhance the classic, savory sauce flavor.
  • Chili Powder and Cumin: For a hint of warmth and spice.
  • Salt and Pepper: To season everything just right.
  • Cheddar Cheese: For a gooey, melty topping that will make your pepper like pumpkins irresistible.
  • Large Skillet and Baking Dish: For cooking the filling and baking the peppers.
  • Paring Knife: To cut the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds.
  • Saucepan: For warming up the tomato sauce.

Instructions:

Preparing Your Peppers

Start by washing and drying your bell peppers. Then, using a sharp paring knife, carefully cut off the pepper tops and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside.

These hollowed-out peppers will serve as your lanterns, so make sure to clean them thoroughly. Place the carved peppers on a baking dish.

Carving Jack-o’-Lantern Faces

Now, the fun part begins: cutting the faces! Using your pumpkin carving tools, carve faces into the front of each bell pepper.

Get creative with your designs—traditional Jack-o-Lantern grins or more intricate expressions are all fair game.

Just remember when carving jack o’lantern faces; the scarier, the better!

Stuffed red peppers with meat and herbs on a plate.

Making the Filling

Add oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the diced onion until it becomes translucent, stirring occasionally.

Next, add your choice of ground meat—whether it’s beef or turkey—and cook until it’s browned and no longer pink. Drain any excess grease if necessary.

Once your meat is cooked, add in the cooked rice, black beans, tomato sauce, and your spices—chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Stir the beef mixture together until it’s well combined, and the flavors meld together beautifully.

Season with salt and pepper then remove from heat. This mixture is the heart of your peppers and packs a flavorful punch.

Filling Your Peppers

Now it’s time to fill those Jack-o’-Lantern peppers!

Fill the peppers generously and add the ground meat and rice mixture, making sure to stand the peppers upright in a baking dish, preferably a glass baking dish.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the Halloween food. The hollowed-out top of each pepper should be placed back on top while standing upright, just like lids on a lantern.

Baking to Perfection

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), and bake your peppers for about 30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and slightly wrinkled, and the cheese on top is golden and bubbly.

Serving Up Spooky Deliciousness

Two red peppers stuffed with meat on a black plate.

Once your Jack-o’-Lantern Peppers are out of the oven, let them cool slightly before serving.

These ghoulish delights are a fantastic addition to any Halloween dinner spread.

The combination of the spooky appearance and the savory, flavorful filling makes them a perfect dinner option for kids and adults alike.

Tips on How to Make Halloween Stuffed Peppers

  1. Choose Vibrant Colors: The orange bell peppers serve as the perfect canvas for your Jack-o-Lanterns faces. Plus, they’re rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making them a nutritious choice.
  2. Lean Protein: Opting for ground turkey or lean ground beef reduces the fat content in the dish while still providing a satisfying source of protein.
  3. Low-Carb Option: Cauliflower rice is a low-carb alternative to traditional rice, making this dish suitable for those watching their carbohydrate intake.
  4. Customizable: You can adjust the filling to your dietary preferences. Add more vegetables or switch out the protein source to create a personalized version of this recipe.
  5. Family-Friendly: Kids and adults alike will love the novelty of these Jack o’Lantern Stuffed Peppers. They’re a great way to encourage youngsters to eat their vegetables in a fun and engaging manner. Make sure adults handle the sharp knives, though!
  6. Perfect Dinner Option: Whether you’re hosting a Halloween dinner party or preparing a cozy meal for your family before trick-or-treating, these stuffed peppers are a delightful choice.
  7. Make Ahead: You can prepare the stuffing mixture for the peppers ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, simply stuff the peppers and pop them in the oven.
  8. Custom Carvings: Let your creativity shine when carving the faces. You can make them as scary or as silly as you like. Consider using a small paring knife for intricate details.
  9. Variations: Experiment with different fillings. Try ground chicken instead of beef, add diced veggies like zucchini or carrots, or incorporate your favorite spices and herbs for a unique flavor twist. You can also add Worcestershire sauce or add onion to this comfort food. 
  10. Reheat with Ease: If you have leftovers, reheat them in the oven or microwave for a quick and delicious meal the next day.
Two red peppers with spiders on them.

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We’d love to see your Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers and hear about your Halloween cooking adventures.

Did you carve some spooky faces into your peppers, or did you go for a more whimsical look? Share your thoughts, photos, and experiences with us in the comments below!

Final Thoughts: Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers are a fantastic way to add a touch of Halloween magic to your dinner table.

With their creative designs, healthy ingredients, and customizable options, these pepper jack-o-lanterns are sure to become a cherished tradition for your family and friends.

Two stuffed red peppers on a wooden table.

So, this Halloween, why not trade the candy for a spooky yet nutritious delight that will leave everyone craving more?

Enjoy making stuffed bell pepper jack o’ lantern faces and have a Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Jack O Lanterns Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Two stuffed peppers with spiders and a fork on a plate.

This Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe makes a healthy, festive meal.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 3/4 lb. Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups Cooked Brown Rice: This will add texture and body to your filling. 
  • 1 can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup Minced Onion
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder and Cumin
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup of Cheddar Cheese
  • Large Skillet and Baking Dish
  • Paring Knife
  • Saucepan

Instructions

1. Preparing Your Peppers

Start by washing and drying your bell peppers. Then, using a sharp paring knife, carefully cut off the pepper tops and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside. These hollowed-out peppers will serve as your lanterns, so make sure to clean them thoroughly. Place the carved peppers on a baking dish.

2. Carving Jack-o'-Lantern Faces

Now, the fun part begins: cutting the faces! Using your pumpkin carving tools, carve faces into the front of each bell pepper. Get creative with your designs—traditional Jack-o-Lantern grins or more intricate expressions are all fair game. Just remember when carving jack o'lantern faces; the scarier, the better!

3. Making the Filling

Add oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the diced onion until it becomes translucent, stirring occasionally. Next, add your choice of ground meat—whether it's beef or turkey—and cook until it's browned and no longer pink. Drain any excess grease if necessary.

Once your meat is cooked, add in the cooked rice, black beans, cauliflower rice, tomato sauce, and your spices—chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir the beef mixture together until it's well combined, and the flavors meld together beautifully.

Season with salt and pepper then remove from heat. This mixture is the heart of your peppers and packs a flavorful punch.

4. Filling Your Peppers

Now it's time to fill those Jack-o'-Lantern peppers! Fill the peppers generously and add the ground meat and rice mixture, making sure to stand the peppers upright in a baking dish, preferably a glass baking dish. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the Halloween food. The hollowed-out top of each pepper should be placed back on top while standing upright, just like lids on a lantern.

5. Baking to Perfection

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), and bake your peppers for about 30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and slightly wrinkled, and the cheese on top is golden and bubbly.

6. Serving Up Spooky Deliciousness

Once your Jack-o'-Lantern Peppers are out of the oven, let them cool slightly before serving. These ghoulish delights are a fantastic addition to any Halloween dinner spread. The combination of the spooky appearance and the savory, flavorful filling makes them a perfect dinner option for kids and adults alike.

Notes

Tips on How to Make Halloween Stuffed Peppers

  1. Choose Vibrant Colors: The orange bell peppers serve as the perfect canvas for your Jack-o-Lanterns faces. Plus, they're rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making them a nutritious choice.
  2. Lean Protein: Opting for ground turkey or lean ground beef reduces the fat content in the dish while still providing a satisfying source of protein.
  3. Low-Carb Option: Cauliflower rice is a low-carb alternative to traditional rice, making this dish suitable for those watching their carbohydrate intake.
  4. Customizable: You can adjust the filling to your dietary preferences. Add more vegetables or switch out the protein source to create a personalized version of this recipe.
  5. Family-Friendly: Kids and adults alike will love the novelty of these Jack o'Lantern Stuffed Peppers. They're a great way to encourage youngsters to eat their vegetables in a fun and engaging manner. Make sure adults handle the sharp knives, though!
  6. Perfect Dinner Option: Whether you're hosting a Halloween dinner party or preparing a cozy meal for your family before trick-or-treating, these stuffed peppers are a delightful choice.
  7. Make Ahead: You can prepare the stuffing mixture for the peppers ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you're ready to bake, simply stuff the peppers and pop them in the oven.
  8. Custom Carvings: Let your creativity shine when carving the faces. You can make them as scary or as silly as you like. Consider using a small paring knife for intricate details.
  9. Variations: Experiment with different fillings. Try ground chicken instead of beef, add diced veggies like zucchini or carrots, or incorporate your favorite spices and herbs for a unique flavor twist. You can also add Worcestershire sauce or add onion to this comfort food. 
  10. Reheat with Ease: If you have leftovers, reheat them in the oven or microwave for a quick and delicious meal the next day.

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