Carve veggies for spooky dinner

Carve a jack o’ lantern face into an orange pepper for some Halloween meal time fun.

The air is cooler, the leaves are crisp and Halloween is upon us.

This Halloween will be a little different. Since parties shouldn’t be the norm, why not have a little Halloween fun at meal time?

The fun can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The orange pepper just screams to become a jack o’ lantern of some sort.

I found this stuffed pepper recipe that would be a fun addition to any Halloween-themed meal.

First off, the recipe makes a lot. I had to alter it to make just a couple of peppers for me. As a bonus, I was able to freeze the remaining stuffing mixture to later use for tacos.

But it all starts with the pepper. Cut off the top and remove the seeds. Then, make a cute little jack o’ lantern face on the pepper. It can be as cute or ghoulish as you like. I preferred to just make a basic one.

After you create the design, you are ready to fill it with your cooked ingredients. If you are making this for kids, leave out some of the things they don’t like and make it with basic taco fillings.

The peppers are adorable when finished and a perfect part of a meal for a Halloween treat.

Maybe even have a family carving competition for the peppers before you fill them and put them in the oven.

At other times of the year, make the filling and use it in any pepper, just leave off the carved face.

If you have your own favorite stuffed pepper recipe, use it and put it in an orange pepper with a carved face.

The most important thing is to have fun. Why not add a little Halloween-themed fun to dinner to make 2020 more fun and less funky.

And, if you think this idea is cute, wait until next week’s adventure: Mummy Hot Dogs.

Halloween Taco Stuffed Peppers

6-8 orange peppers

1 package or pound ground beef

1 box rice

½ cup shredded Mexican-style cheese

1 jar taco sauce

2 teaspoons taco seasoning

8 ounces salsa - optional

Preheat oven 300 degrees

Prepare rice. Meanwhile, place ground meat in skillet and cook until no longer pink. Add taco sauce and seasoning once cooked. Mix together and turn off heat.

Cut the top off the peppers and scoop out the seeds.

With a paring knife, cut out a jack o’ lantern face.

Add rice (and optional salsa) to the meat. Mix together.

Place peppers in a casserole dish so they are snuggled in and not able to fall over. Add meat-rice mix to the peppers. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.

Top with your favorite shredded cheese and bake for 15 more minutes.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or

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