Jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers [Recipe]


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Halloween is right around the corner. This recipe for stuffed peppers is as adorable as it is tasty, made with lean ground beef that cuts the fat without sacrificing deliciousness. They’re perfect for a Halloween party or just a festive dinner for one, two or a few. And since it’s healthy, you’ll have a little more room for some Halloween candy — as long as you don’t overdo it, of course


stuffed peppersIngredients

  • 4 orange bell peppers
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Laura's Lean Ground Beef
  • ½ yellow onion, medium diced)
  • 1 clove garlic, large minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can black beans, 14.5 ounce drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans tomato sauce, 8-ounce
  • 1.5 cup cooked rice
  • 11/16 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • Pinch salt and black pepper to taste



  1. Slice the stem end off of each pepper. Remove the seeds and center from the peppers, then cut a jack o lantern face out of the side. If needed, cut a small amount of the pepper off of the bottom so that they stand upright. Season the inside of the peppers with salt, then place in a baking dish and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil followed by the ground beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until almost browned, then add the onions, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for 3 minutes more.
  4. Add the black beans and tomato sauce to the ground beef. Cook for 3 minutes, then fold in the rice. Gently stuff the peppers, being sure to add extra so that the filling is coming out of the top. Place the stem side of the pepper on top of the stuffing, then arrange in the baking dish. Add ¼ cup of water to the baking dish and cover with foil.
  5. Bake the peppers until they become tender, but still have a slight crunch, about 15 minutes. Remove the stem side of the pepper, sprinkle each with an even amount of cheese, then replace the top and serve.


Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories 434

Calories from fat 114g

Total fat 13g

Saturated fat 6g

Cholesterol 91mg

Sodium 962mg

Total carbohydrates 45g

Dietary fiber 6g

Sugars 11g

Protein 35g