A fun holiday meal, these Halloween stuffed peppers will be a treat for the whole family! Stuff with whatever meat and seasoning you want and enjoy. Paleo, low-carb, Whole30.
The entire family will love these Halloween stuffed peppers!
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It was so much fun growing up that I’m sure there is a nostalgia aspect to it all. I used to love getting all dressed up and trick-or-treating.
I definitely feel a bit different about the idea of consuming huge amounts of candy today than I did in the past. Regardless, I still get excited when this time of year comes around.
I was at a loss for what kind of recipe to create this year. In the past, I’ve done homemade twix bars and homemade dark chocolate caramels, so I knew I wanted to do something other than candy this year.
After browsing around in the grocery store, I thought that orange peppers would make the cutest little pumpkins for a meal. Stuffed peppers seemed like the most obvious choice.
I’m incredibly pleased with how they turned out, and they are really quite easy to make. Aren’t they just the cutest?!
They’re really easy to make too!
All you really need is a sharp knife to carve the orange peppers. First, cut the top off as if it were a pumpkin. Make sure you cut the hole big enough to fit your hand inside.
Then you want to remove all of the seeds and the white ribs inside the peppers. If the peppers are all wobbly, cut a thin layer off the bottom so that they stand up straight.
If you have a filling already prepared, then simply stuff it inside. You can really use anything that goes well with the flavor of mildly sweet bell pepper.
If you don’t have a filling planned, you can simply cook up some chicken then chop it up and shred it, and add in some broccoli chunks and a sauce of your choice. I used BBQ, but most savory sauces should go well here.
Simply bake until cooked to your liking, depending on the ingredients. I do recommend using pre-cooked meat, but if you are adding veggies, they can be raw if chopped finely.
Once the peppers are cooked to your liking, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Make sure the veggies are cooked before consuming.
Leftovers store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air-tight container.
Can I use any filling I want?
Of course you can! I recommend choosing something that compliments the flavor of the orange peppers well. Also, if macros are important to you, be sure to recalculate them.
Can I use another color of pepper? I cannot find orange.
That is no problem at all, except that you won’t have the fun orange jack-o-lantern look. The taste will still be the same, or similar depending on the color of the pepper.
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Halloween Stuffed Peppers
- 4 orange bell peppers all seeds and white parts removed from inside
- 1/2 lb cooked chicken breasts shredded
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets
- 1/4 cup sauce of choice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Carve orange bell peppers to resemble jack-o-lanterns. If they do not stand up straight, cut a bit off the bottom to keep them upright. In a bowl, mix shredded cooked chicken breast with broccoli, sauce and salt and pepper. Spoon into the orange peppers.
- Place bell peppers on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are cooked through and the filling is warm. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.