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Festive Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Pepper Recipe

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Looking for an easy beef Halloween dinner idea? Even your picky eaters will love this oven-baked jack-o-lantern stuffed pepper recipe!

Jack o lantern stuffed orange pepper

I feel very fortunate that there are very few things my kids won’t eat. They love their veggies – even bell peppers. Every day, they are eyeing the bell peppers in our container garden. They can hardly wait for them to turn from green to red. I know not all moms are so lucky.

If you’re one of those moms that struggles to get your kids to eat their veggies, here’s a fun way to get them interested in bell peppers. This jack-o-lantern stuffed pepper recipe makes a great dinner for the fall.

They’re easy enough to make that the kids can even help you make them. I find my kids are much more likely to eat something if they help make it. Making it fun and cute doesn’t hurt either.

This jack-o-lantern stuffed pepper recipe would also make a fun meal for a fall get together! Everyone will be talking about how creative you are 🙂

If you give this stuffed pepper recipe a try, will you let me know how you like it with a review?

Stuffed orange pepper on a white plate for Halloween dinner

Festive Stuffed Pepper Jack-O-Lantern Recipe

Even your picky eaters will love this oven-baked jack-o-lantern stuffed pepper recipe!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Recipe Servings: 5



  • Cook ground beef over medium heat on your stove top for about 18-20 minutes or until cooked through, stirring and breaking up frequently. For extra flavor, add diced organic red onion to beef and sauté for 5-8 minutes, then remove from heat.
    Ground beef and onion in a pan
  • Following the step-by-step directions on the rice pilaf box, combine rice and unsalted butter. As directed, cook on stovetop until golden brown. Add water (2 cups), seasoning and stewed tomatoes to stovetop. After it comes to a boil, cover stovetop pan and reduce heat to low for 15 to 20 minutes. You can alternatively use your favorite rice and seasonings to make the equivalent amount of rice.
    Rice cooked in a pan
  • Combine the rice and the beef and set aside.
  • Cut an inward circle at the top of each pepper. Holding the stem, pull the top from each pepper and set aside – you’ll need this for the lid later.
    Face cut out of orange pepper
  • Carefully remove the seeds from each pepper, then rinse out the inside and pat dry.
  • Using a small paring knife (an X-ACTO knife works great too), carefully cut out triangular eyes, a nose and a crooked mouth (or whatever face you think will make your kids smile).
  • Stuff each pepper with the rice and beef mixture. Serve with lid on top or at side. Enjoy!
    Stuffed orange pepper on a white plate for Halloween dinner

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3915IU | Vitamin C: 155mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg


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