These jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers have become a family tradition for Halloween. Orange peppers are stuffed with a combination of rice, ground beef and taco seasoning for a delicious yet healthy dinner. I serve these stuffed peppers with a garden salad for a complete meal – plus it makes the pepper jack-o-lanterns look like they are sitting in a garden on your plate. Super cute!
A few years ago, the idea for these adorable pepper jack-o-lantern came to me when I thought how similar orange peppers looked to mini pumpkins. Or maybe I got the inspiration from someone who put vegetable dip in an orange pepper and made it look like a jack-o-lantern for their Halloween Party. It’s so easy to carve a little face into a pepper. You can make all the faces the same or let Google or Pinterest provide you with some inspiration.
This easy recipe for jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers can be switched up depending on what you have on hand. Some people replace the rice for quinoa or use brown rice instead of white. I was also tempted to add some black beans and corn into the rice mixture. It’s like a fiesta party in your mouth. The extra rice mixture that doesn’t fit into the peppers makes perfect leftovers for lunches. I’ve never tried myself, but I’m told stuffed peppers freeze very well too!
Could you imagine the looks on your children’s face when you place these jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers in front of them for dinner? All the work could be done in advance then popped in the oven an hour before it’s time to eat. These jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers would be a great option to serve at a dinner party too! Stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner option; why not have a bit of fun with it!
While I didn’t include these jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers in my Harry Potter themed Dinner Party, I think they would make a great addition to the table. They fit in perfectly with my arachnid balls and cockroaches (candied pecans). Finish off the meal with some Halloween sugar cookies, and you have the perfect Halloween Party feast.
Halloween Jack-o’-lantern Stuffed Peppers
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
- 6 orange peppers
- 1 (540 ml) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Cook the rice according to the package directions. Remove the cooked rice from the stove and set aside.
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly browned.
Cut the top off the pepper. Scoop out the seeds. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a jack-o-lantern face into your peppers.
Place the peppers in an oven proof dish with the cut open tops facing upwards.
In a separate bowl, combine the cooked beef, rice, can of tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Top with cheese if you wish.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender.