Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers

I am a MAJOR lover of sweet bell peppers. Red, yellow, orange, and green… they all bring fabulous flavor and color to dishes I make, and THAT, my friends, is a good thing.

That’s why I was super excited to learn that Divemex wanted food bloggers to help them party… BELL PEPPER style.  I hopped on that party train immediately, and so did several other awesome food blogger friends of mine.  We’re going to spend the next few days showing you what great things you can make with peppers, AND we’re going to be giving away some fabulous prizes along the way.  Trust me, you are not gonna want to miss out on these giveaways… and the first one is starting right now!  Look at the GORGEOUSNESS that will soon park itself into one lucky person’s kitchen!  THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED

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The OTHER thing you’ll find at the bottom of this post is my recipe for Halloween tasty goodness… in pepper form!

Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers from ItsYummi.com

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Oh, and look what I learned about our sponsor:

The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere.  But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first.
The company scored bonus points with me for being socially responsible AND Fair Trade Certified!

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So who’s ready for some adorably good eats?  I used the orange peppers to make the jack-o-lanterns, and I stuffed them with an Italian flavored filling of rice, beef, mushrooms, and tomato sauce.  It’s a twist on traditional stuffed peppers that’ll look awesome on your dinner table this Halloween!

Before I share my recipe with you, check out what everyone else in the group is making.  These are some yummi dishes!
How To Make Roasted Red Peppers In A Slow Cooker by Cook the Story
Pepper Rings with Chipotle Maple Ketchup by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers by It’s Yummi!
Cheesy Pumpkin Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (Vegan and Gluten Free!) by What Jew Wanna Eat
Curried Coconut Chicken Soup with Brown Rice by Chocolate & Carrots
Sweet Bell Pepper Cocktail by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Bell Pepper Beef Stew by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by Juanita’s Cocina
Italian Stuffed Peppers by poet in the pantry
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas by Mother Thyme
Red and Yellow Bell Pepper Soup by The Redhead Baker
Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta by Cravings of a Lunatic
Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hummus by {i love} my disorganized life
Quiona Taco Stuffed Peppers by Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Tri-Pepper Quesadillas with Creamy Chipotle Sauce by Mom’s Test Kitchen
Grilled Pepper and Peach Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Pan Fried Meatloaf In Tri Color Peppers by Cooking In Stilettos
Quiche Provencale by Healthy. Delicious.
Roasted Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Dip by White Lights on Wednesday
Garlic and Roasted Bell Pepper Farfalle by Daily Dish Recipes

Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers from itsyummi.com

Aww …BOO :(

Do you know what happens when you eat too much, Mr. Pepper?  You get STUFFED, and you can barely stand up!!
I put so much delicious filling into these little guys that they didn’t stand a chance at keeping their goofy grins intact.  Good thing grumpy peppers aren’t any less tasty!


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Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers for #PepperParty
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Recipe Category: Main Dish
Cuisine: Casserole
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Sweet orange bell peppers are stuffed with an Italian flavored mix of beef, rice, mushrooms, and fire roasted tomato sauce, bringing a new twist to a traditional family favorite
  • 4 Orange Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup cooked rice (any variety. I used Jasmine)
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil (I used olive oil), plus additional for coating sheet pan.
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced small
  • 8 ounces small fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) roasted red pepper pasta sauce (I used Newman's Own)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Use a sharp knife to slice the top off each bell pepper horizontally. Set tops aside (do not discard) Remove all seeds and membranes. Rinse and pat the peppers dry with paper toweling or a clean, soft cloth. Use a small paring knife to cut holes into the exterior of the peppers to make jack-o-lantern faces. If peppers don't stand upright, use the knife to slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions. As rice cooks, use olive oil or non-stick spray to lightly grease a small sheet pan. Arrange peppers and tops of peppers on pan and cook in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until peppers are cooked, but still are still firm (al dente). Remove peppers from oven and allow to cool while you make the filling.

  5. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened and reduced in size. Increase heat to medium high. Add ground sirloin and spices to pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains. Drain excess grease from pan, reduce heat to medium low, then add pasta sauce and cooked rice. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until mixture is heated through.
  6. Prior to serving, fill each pepper with approximately 1 cup of mixture, over filling each pepper slightly. Place a top onto each stuffed pepper and serve with a big jack-o-lantern smile!

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  1. Tracy says

    I love rajas, the sauteed pepper-onion dish, with queso fresco and served in warm tortillas. But a vegetarian version of these jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers might be my new favorite!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Nicole!
      Previous to this, I would stuff the peppers BEFORE baking them. I truly think baking them empty helps to keep the moisture out of the walls of the pepper, which is usually what causes them to wrinkle up so much.

  2. Elaine Ellen says

    You have a cup of cooked rice listed twice. Is it supposed to be that way? And to answer your question about a favorite pepper recipe – Stuffed Pepper Soup is really good. I think I may just have to go make some of that now…


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