Halloween stuffed peppers are one of my favorite healthy Halloween main dishes, and I bet that your Halloween will be more fun serving these stuffed bell peppers, too! This healthy, easy Halloween food features orange bell peppers stuffed with a comfort food mixture of lean ground beef, rice, veggies, and homemade roasted bell pepper sauce.
This is a kid-friendly meal that’s fun and festive!
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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 when Divemex asked 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.
Stuffed Peppers Jack O Lanterns are one of my favorite Halloween main dishes, and I bet they’ll be one of yours, too!
So who’s ready to make some adorably cute Halloween eats?
These healthy Halloween stuffed peppers have a delicious roasted red bell pepper sauce that takes them a notch above ordinary stuffed pepper recipes.
Halloween Stuffed Peppers Recipe Notes
Here are a few ways to get creative with this stuffed peppers recipe:
- Use traditional pasta sauce instead of the red pepper pasta sauce.
- Need an even healthier dinner? Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef.
- Fill the Halloween stuffed peppers jack-o-lanterns with any casserole filling that your family likes.
This Halloween stuffed peppers recipe is really easy to make. The only tricky part might be the carving of the peppers.
To make carving easier, I use an extra small vegetable carving knife. 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.
More Halloween Main Dishes
In addition to my Halloween stuffed peppers Jack O Lanterns, here are more Halloween main dishes to try:
- Mummy Dogs, from Home Made Interest
- Low Fat Turkey Pumpkin Pasta
- Eyeball Pasta, from Spend with Pennies
Healthy Halloween Stuffed Peppers Jack-O-Lanterns
Sweet orange bell peppers are stuffed with an Italian flavored mixture of lean beef, rice, mushrooms, and homemade roasted bell pepper sauce, bringing a new twist to a traditional family favorite. They're one of our favorite Halloween main dishes!
- 4 large orange bell peppers
- 1 cup cooked rice white or brown
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil or other healthy cooking oil, plus additional for coating sheet pan.
- 1 pound lean ground beef ground turkey, or ground chicken
- 1 medium yellow onion diced small
- 8 ounces mushrooms chopped
- 2 cups roasted red pepper sauce homemade or store-bought
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
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. Note: If peppers don't stand upright, use the knife to slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface.
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:
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.
Drain excess grease from pan, reduce heat to medium low, then add red pepper pasta sauce and cooked rice. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until mixture is heated through.
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!
More Bell Pepper Recipes
Here are more delicious recipes to make with bell peppers:
- Low Carb Crab Bell Pepper Sliders
- Low Carb Steak Fajita Sliders
- Easy Chicken Alfredo with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions
- Bacon Burger Stuffed Peppers
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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