Looking for a fun recipe to make for Halloween dinner? These Jack O Lantern stuffed peppers for Halloween are a family favorite and I make them nearly every year. They have a pizza flavor to them that is always a big hit with my kids.
My kids never used to like stuffed peppers. However, that all changed when I got a little creative and transformed an orange bell pepper into a fun Jack-o-lantern shape. It’s amazing sometimes how a fun presentation can make all the difference in how much kids eat! This recipe has been a favorite ever since and my kids ask me to make it every October.
Although this would be a fun meal for anytime during the month of October, I think this Halloween stuffed peppers recipe would be great to serve before the kids go out trick-or-treating. These stuffed peppers are fairly healthy and contain plenty of fiber and nutrients to keep the kids full as they are roaming the neighborhood on Beggar’s Night. Hopefully that way they won’t want to eat all that Halloween candy at one sitting when they get home!
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Ingredients needed to make these Jack O Lantern peppers
- 6-8 orange bell peppers
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup cooked brown rice (can use white rice if you prefer)
- 1 can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp each basil and oregano
- 8 oz block of mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
Halloween Stuffed Peppers Recipe Instructions
Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of the orange bell pepper in a zig zag pattern. Remove all the seeds. Wash well and pat dry.
Carve a jack-o-lantern face in the side of each of the peppers. Gently push out the eyes, nose, and mouth, taking care not to rip the pepper. I found it easiest to push the pieces towards the inside to remove them. Set aside.
In a large skillet, brown the beef with the onions and garlic. After the beef is fully cooked, remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
Fill each of the peppers and replace the tops. Bake the Jack O Lantern peppers in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the peppers are tender. Alternately, you can place them in a steamer basket and steam them for 20-30 minutes.
Notes about this Halloween stuffed peppers recipe:
- You can leave the cheese out and sprinkle it on top after the peppers have cooked, but my kids prefer it cheesy throughout so I just mix it in before I stuff the peppers
- You will probably have filling leftover. That’s ok, it makes a great lunch the next day! Or freeze it for the next time you make cabbage rolls.
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I am planning on making these Jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers for Halloween for my kids again this year. If you try this recipe, you will have to come back here and leave a comment below to let me know how you liked them.