These stuffed peppers may be the cutest Halloween idea ever

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This Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers recipe is the perfect dinner to serve before you go trick-or-treating on Halloween night! Whether you are just trying to feed the kids before they run door to door screaming, “Happy Halloween!!“, or trying to feed your guests for a Halloween party dinner, these delicious jack o’lanterns are a great way to go. The best part is, you can easily multiply the recipes as needed to fit the number of mouths to feed, and you can feel good about putting a solid meal in those tummies before they start getting filled up with sugary treats. This is a super kid-friendly meal!

What Type of Knife Works Best?

While a regular chef’s knife will easily take off the tops of most peppers, you’ll need a small knife for the carving of the peppers. While a regular chef’s knife will easily take off the tops of most peppers, you’ll need a small knife for the carving of the peppers.

Vegan Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

If you want these peppers to be vegan, it’s a super easy switch. Simply use a vegan meat substitute and vegan cheese. All the spices and seasonings will stay the same.

Ingredient Checklist

1 cup black beans – Use dry beans. Pre-soaking is not necessary.

1 tsp. oil – Olive oil works great, but any oil you usually use will work fine.

¾ cup red onion – diced small

5 medium orange bell peppers – One of the orange peppers should be diced for the stuffing, and the other four should stay whole for being stuffed. If you prefer to make monster faces, you can use green peppers instead.

1 tsp. salt – I used pink Himalayan salt. You should use whatever salt you normally cook with.

1 tsp. ground black pepper

3 medium garlic cloves – minced

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 small bay leaves

3 cups water – you can also use chicken broth or beef broth if you prefer. But water is fine.

½ lb. ground beef – or ground chicken breasts, ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork. Lean ground beef works best.

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese – You can also use white cheddar cheese. Either will work well.

Dried parsley –  for garnish

Recipe Notes

If you want to make more peppers but don’t want to use more meat, you can cook some brown rice separately and mix it in with the cooked meat before stuffing the peppers. This will add some whole grains and overall bulk, and fill many more peppers. Also, if you want this to have more of a “Mexican flare”, you can omit the oregano and add chili powder instead. For this, I would also use the suggestion of white cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. If you want it to have more of an “Italian flare”, you can add about 2 tsp. of Italian seasoning and omit the cumin. Also, add a 6 oz. can of tomato paste to the water in the Instant Pot. You can also use a can of tomato sauce if you prefer. But you will end up with more liquid/sauce.


Here’s the recipe.


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There is nothing better than trying a delicious new recipe or cooking a yummy meal for your family. However, with our busy lives so often, we have great ideas and plans but no time to put them together! If you want to cook but don’t have the time to put a quick dinner together, then read on! These quick dinner ideas will get your supper on the table in record time and keep you from hitting the order button on your food delivery app.

Use any or all of these tips to help you get that super simple dinner on the table even quicker and save you some money!

Buy meat in bulk or stock up when it is on sale and freeze it in individual portions. If you have extra time- cook or season the meat for your favorite recipes to make it even easier and faster for you!


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Create a rotation of meals that you constantly have in your house. Keep a set shopping list of all the ingredients you need to have in your house at all times.

Have one or two quick dinner ideas that you know how to make well and have all the ingredients in your house all the time. Those days when you are running late, or something goes wrong? Quickly whip up one of those instead of heading to your local restaurant.


When you have extra time, make doubles of recipes that freeze well and keep your freezer stocked with an extra meal or two (or more), so you always have something to eat.


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