Halloween Stuffed Peppers Jack O Lanterns

Halloween stuffed peppers are my favorite family meal to make for Halloween dinner, and I bet that your Halloween will be more fun with these stuffed bell peppers, too! This easy Halloween meal features orange bell peppers stuffed with a comfort food mixture of seasoned ground beef, rice, mushrooms, onions, and homemade roasted bell pepper sauce. A kid-friendly meal that’s fun and festive.

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Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun family dinner for Halloween.

I am a major lover of recipes for stuffed peppers. Well actually, sweet bell peppers in general. Red, yellow, orange, and green… they all bring fabulous flavor and color to meals that I make, and this is a great 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.  Divemex sent each of us a variety of their delicious bell peppers, so we’re going to spend the next few days showing you what great things you can make with them.

My recipe is perfect for fall, because I’m sharing my recipe for jack-o-lantern Halloween stuffed bell peppers!

Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun family dinner for Halloween.

 

Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun family dinner for Halloween.

Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun Halloween dinner.

Some interesting information about our sponsor, Divemex:

The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers, grown in some of the safest facilities anywhere.  As a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts their 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?

My Halloween stuffed peppers have a delicious roasted red bell pepper sauce taking them a notch above ordinary stuffed pepper recipes.

Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun family dinner for Halloween.

Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun Halloween dinner.

Get creative with this recipe! If you want to use traditional pasta sauce, go for it. Need a healthier dinner? Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef. Just use orange bell peppers to make the jack-o-lanterns for the Halloween stuffed peppers, then fill them with any casserole filling that your family likes. They’re a fun, kid friendly twist on traditional stuffed peppers that’ll be a delicious Halloween dinner for your family!

This stuffed peppers recipe is really easy to make. The only tricky part might be the carving of the peppers.

To help, I use an extra small vegetable carving knife making the job easy peasy. If your peppers won’t stand up well on their own, you can use the carving knife to shave off a small amount a pepper from the bottom. Just don’t cut too much off or you’ll cut a hole in the bottom, causing the stuffing to fall out.

If you want another delicious recipe to make with bell peppers, be sure to also check out my recipe for low carb crab bell pepper sliders. They are an awesome low carb appetizer!

Low Carb Bell Pepper Sliders with Crab and Bacon - Sweet bell peppers are topped low carb ingredients and baked up until they're crispy. Perfect low carb game day appetizer or snack! Recipe on itsyummi.com

After you check out the Halloween bell peppers recipe, scroll down for more delicious bell pepper recipes!

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Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 hrs Serves 4

Sweet orange bell peppers are stuffed with an Italian flavored mix of beef, rice, mushrooms, and homemade roasted bell pepper sauce, bringing a new twist to a traditional family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 4 Bell Peppers, orange
  • 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 lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) roasted red pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

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.
FOR THE FILLING:
1. 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 meat and spices to pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains.
2. 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.
3. 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!

Recipe Notes

 

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Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun family dinner for Halloween.
Halloween stuffed bell peppers are such a fun recipe to make for a Halloween dinner! Filled with seasoned ground beef, rice, mushrooms, and homemade roasted red pepper sauce. Recipe from @itsyummi

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Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Stuffed Peppers - Filled with Italian flavors and a roasted red pepper sauce, this recipe makes a delicious and fun family dinner for Halloween.

 

Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers from ItsYummi.com - Sweet bell peppers are stuffed with Italian flavored filling and baked up for a fun and tasty Halloween dinner.

 

Jack O Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe - a fun and delicious Halloween dinner! Get the recipe on ItsYummi.com

 

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38 Replies to "Halloween Stuffed Peppers Jack O Lanterns"

  • Kristi Wheeler October 17, 2016 (4:24 pm)

    I love stuffed peppers. Your recipe sounds amazing. I will have to try it out. I just made sausage and quinoa stuffed pepper and it was so good!

    • Becca October 17, 2016 (4:27 pm)

      I love stuffed peppers too, Kristi. I’ll be sure to check out your quinoa stuffed peppers… they sound fantastic!

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  • Oakley @ Friedas October 24, 2013 (2:12 pm)

    Oh my gosh. This is sooooo cute!

    • Becca Heflin October 24, 2013 (2:14 pm)

      Thanks so much, Oakley! They were lots of fun to make… even if they DID get grumpy once I filled them up 🙂

  • MELISA ALZAMMAR October 6, 2013 (1:20 pm)

    My favorite recipe is the Jack o Lantern stuffed bell peppers. They look delicious

  • Tracy October 5, 2013 (3:55 pm)

    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!

    • Becca Heflin October 5, 2013 (8:19 pm)

      Thanks for stopping by, Tracy! Now I’m craving Rajas! 😉

  • Carla October 5, 2013 (3:09 pm)

    Love the creativity behind these peppers! Spooky cute

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina October 5, 2013 (1:12 pm)

    These are almost too cute to eat! (almost…)

    • Becca Heflin October 5, 2013 (1:20 pm)

      ALMOST, indeed! Although, I did wish Mr. Pepper a happy Halloween before I chomped his lip off 😉

  • Marlys @ This and That October 4, 2013 (1:15 pm)

    I use bell peppers in a lot of my recipes but my favorite probably is using them in stirfries

  • Nicole October 3, 2013 (10:10 pm)

    Those are so incredibly adorable. We tried those last year and ours really just didn’t come out even remotely as cute as yours. Plus the stuffing sounds sooo good! Great recipe!

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (10:14 pm)

      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.

  • Kim Beaulieu October 3, 2013 (9:46 pm)

    Dude you rock. These are too adorbs for words.

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (10:01 pm)

      You’re da bomb, Dudette. #EndOfStory 🙂

  • Gillian @ The Haas Machine October 3, 2013 (9:02 pm)

    My favorite recipe is pretty similar… I LOVE stuffed peppers! They are so filling & satisfying & really the perfect way to use a bunch of peppers up!

  • Robin C. October 3, 2013 (8:56 pm)

    It’s not a recipe per se but I love serving dips in bell peppers.

  • Karen @BakingInATornado October 3, 2013 (1:52 pm)

    Those adorable little guys look delicious.

  • Camilla @ Culinary Adventures October 3, 2013 (10:54 am)

    These are BEYOND adorable. I might just have to serve these for a Halloween party this month. Thanks for sharing them with the #PepperParty. I shared a bell-pepper cocktails! Cheers.

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (4:20 pm)

      Thanks so much, Camilla! I’m still working my way through the pepper party. SO much good food out there! <3

  • Shaina October 3, 2013 (10:52 am)

    These peppers are so unbelievably cute! How creative of you! Your stuffing sounds delicious too… This is such a fun recipe

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (11:46 am)

      Thanks so much, Shaina! I love making food fun!

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat October 3, 2013 (10:50 am)

    These are too adorable! Can’t wait to try them for my favorite holiday!

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (11:48 am)

      Thanks, Amy! Please stop by my Facebook page and share your photos with me! I’d love to see your cute food creation!

  • Elaine Ellen October 3, 2013 (10:02 am)

    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…

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (11:50 am)

      Thanks for catching that error! I’ll edit the recipe accordingly!

  • Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines October 3, 2013 (7:56 am)

    How incredibly cute! I can’t get Dudette to eat stuffed peppers yet, but I’m thinking the jack-o-lantern theme might just entice her. And I say stuff away! So much good stuff in there, it’s worth getting the frown instead of the smile. 🙂

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (8:18 am)

      Thanks so much, Christiane! I know all about picky eaters, but I’m tellin’ ya… cute food usually wins ’em over. 🙂

  • Desiree October 3, 2013 (7:12 am)

    Wow Becca! Your post looks amazing! You do such a wonderful job. I love that cruset!

    • Becca Heflin October 3, 2013 (7:38 am)

      Awe. Thanks, Des! Good luck in the giveaway!

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