Spooky Halloween Dinner: Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in blog

Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays since I was a kid. Aside from the green light to indulge in some extra chocolate, I have always loved how people go all out while celebrating, and I am no different. While I may not have spider webs strung out in my front yard, I do love a good Halloween themed meal! This year, I took an easier route than cutting jack-o-lantern faces into sweet potato rounds like I did last year

These stuffed peppers are easy to make and a big hit for a fun themed dinner! Make the stuffing ahead and soften the peppers, then simple warm, stuff, and eat when you get back from trick-or-treating. We will need a little extra comfort food here in Chicago tomorrow because we are expecting 2-3 inches of snow…Spooky indeed!

Enjoy this with your little ghouls and goblins!

Xoxo, Claire and the Mamas at Mama Jess


Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers


1 lb grass fed ground beef

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can black beans, rinsed and dried

1 small can green chilies

1 bag frozen cauliflower rice

4 orange peppers, tops cut off and de-seeded

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste



In a large pan, brown ground beef until there is no more pink.

While the beef cooks, “carve” jack-o-lantern faces into prepped peppers, set aside.

Put a medium pot of water with a pinch of salt on to boil.

Add can of diced tomatoes, stirring into beef.

Add rinsed and dried black beans, stirring in.

Add can of green chilies, stirring in.

Finally, add in cauliflower rice, allowing frozen rice to break down and stir in with mixture.

Stir in spices, distributing evenly.

Add the peppers and their tops into the pot of boiling water, softening the peppers for about 5-7 minutes. Carefully remove and place on a plate or serving dish.

Stuff the peppers by spooning handfuls of meat into the pepper, sprinkle cheese on top if you desire. Top the pepper with its “lid”.

Serve warm and enjoy!