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Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Spooktacular Delight: Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Enter the world of spooktacular delight with these Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers, a perfect Halloween treat that combines delicious flavors with a festive twist. These stuffed peppers are not only a feast for your taste buds but also a visual delight as they mimic the iconic Jack-O’-Lanterns. Filled with a savory mixture of ground meat, rice, vegetables, and spices, these stuffed peppers are a hit at any Halloween gathering. Whether you’re hosting a spooky soirée or simply want to surprise your family with a Halloween-themed dinner, these Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers are sure to bring smiles and chills. Get ready to savor the spooktacular delight!

A Taste of Halloween Magic

The star of this recipe is the playful Halloween presentation that turns stuffed peppers into eerie Jack-O’-Lanterns.

Perfect for Halloween Parties

Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers are perfect for Halloween parties, gatherings, or a fun family dinner on the spooky night itself.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize your Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers with these variations:

  1. Vegetarian Twist: Replace the ground meat with cooked quinoa or lentils for a vegetarian version.
  2. Cheese Lovers: Sprinkle shredded cheese over the stuffed peppers during the last few minutes of baking for a cheesy topping.
  3. Spicy Surprise: Add chopped jalapeños or hot sauce to the filling for a spicy kick.

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Now that you’ve experienced the spooktacular delight of Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers, it’s time to savor the festive presentation and the savory filling that makes these peppers a Halloween hit. Share them with your fellow ghouls and goblins, create eerie moments of joy, and don’t forget to leave a review to let us know how much you enjoyed this Halloween treat. Happy savoring and haunting!

Tips or Notes:

  • Choose large, round bell peppers with flat bottoms for the best Jack-O’-Lantern shapes.
  • You can use any color of bell peppers for this recipe, but orange ones work best for the classic Jack-O’-Lantern look.
  • Use a sharp knife to carefully carve the Jack-O’-Lantern faces on the peppers. A paring knife or pumpkin carving tools can be helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare these in advance for a Halloween party?

Absolutely! You can prepare the stuffed peppers, carve the faces, and store them in the refrigerator for a few hours before baking. Then, simply bake them when you’re ready to serve.

What can I do with the leftover filling?

If you have leftover filling, you can use it to make stuffed bell peppers without the Jack-O’-Lantern faces or save it for another meal like tacos or burritos.

Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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  • 4 large 4 orange bell peppers

  • 1 pound 1 ground meat (beef, turkey, or chicken)

  • 1 cup 1 cooked rice

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 diced onion

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 corn kernels (canned or frozen)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 black beans (canned, drained, and rinsed)

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon 1 chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Cooking oil for sautéing

  • Shredded cheese for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the bell peppers by cutting off the tops and removing the seeds and membranes. Be sure to save the tops as you’ll use them later.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully carve Jack-O’-Lantern faces on the front of each bell pepper. Set them aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat a bit of cooking oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and garlic, and sauté until they become fragrant and translucent.
  • Add the ground meat to the skillet and cook until it’s browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat if necessary.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, cooked rice, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until everything is well combined and heated through.
  • Stuff each bell pepper with the meat and rice mixture, pressing it down gently.
  • Place the carved pepper tops back on each stuffed pepper to create the Jack-O’-Lantern look.
  • Arrange the stuffed peppers in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
  • Remove the foil, garnish with shredded cheese if desired, and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve your spooktacular Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers and enjoy the Halloween festivities!

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