Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers
Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers are filled with an easy and tasty beef and veggie mix topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. They make an easy dinner recipe for any night of the year, but they are extra special when you carve those peppers like pumpkins to turn them into Halloween stuffed peppers. You’ll have heads turning with Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All opinions are my own.
Did your mom make a special Halloween dinner for you when you were a kid? Yeah, me either. I mean, I was of the generation that went trick-or-treating on our way home from school, stopped in to scramble to do any little bit of homework that any witchy teachers dared to assign on Halloween, then it was back out with my friends to keep filling our bags with treats. In fact, as I got a bit older, my friends and I would just stop in for a slice at the local pizzeria.
I think these mummy hot dogs, spaghetti brains with eyeballs, and meatloaf zombies are all a product of the Pinterest era. And while it sometimes seems that all of these websites and blogs (like, ahem, mine) have created a wee bit of craziness, fun food for Halloween is something I am totally down with. I mean, Halloween is all about silliness and fun, with maybe a sprinkling of creepy and eery, just for good measure.
So if you want to order Chinese food or just have an Easy Family Pizza Night, that’s fine. But if digging into monster guts or ghoulish graveyards or spiderwebs gets you in the spirit, I say “Go for it!”
In fact, I think these may become a Halloween tradition in my house…
I mean, how much fun are these Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers?
They may look and sound like a bit of work, but I promise you, this recipe is super easy and can even be prepared in advance. All you need is a little paring knife to carve some cute or creepy little faces into your orange bell peppers. While you are boiling up some potatoes, brown up a pound of ground beef and mix it with veggies (I used frozen to keep is super easy) and a simple gravy. Stuff that into the peppers, mash up the potatoes with come cheddar cheeses, and pop them into the oven. Just a short while later, you have these.
Shepherd’s Pie Halloween Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Come on, how can you resist? And not only do they look awesome, they taste pretty awesome as well. The simple filling and quick and easy. Yes, I do use beef in my shepherd’s pie, so I’m not saying it is 100% authentic, but it is 100% delicious!
Both of my boys happily munched away on their meaty filling and of course the mashed potatoes! Plus, they are healthy, naturally gluten free stuffed peppers, and loaded with protein and veggies. They’ll fuel your little trick-or-treaters all over the neighborhood!
Shepherds Pie Stuffed Peppers Recipe Tips
- First start by slicing the top of the pepper off and remove the seeds and membranes. For the full jack o’lantern look, keep the tops to pop back on top of the peppers later.
- Using a small paring knife will help you carve the little jack o’lantern faces.
- If carving actual pumpkins has got you all jack o’lanterned out, then just skip the funny faces altogether to just make regular stuffed peppers They’ll still be delicious any time of the year, and they even look like little pumpkins.
- Start by browning your ground beef with onion and garlic.
- While it’s cooking, you can start boiling the potatoes. Cutting small pieces ensures they cook quickly.
- Add the veggies and remaining ingredients and allow everything to simmer.
- During this time, mash the potatoes with cheddar cheese.
- Now stuff the peppers, top with mashed potatoes and more cheddar cheese, then bake until hot and the peppers are tender.
- You can prepare everything in advance and bake before serving.
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What are more Halloween dinner recipes?
- Steak Bites with Bloody Maria Dipping Sauce
- Fettuccine Pumpkin Cauliflower Alfredo
- Twice Baked Potato Mummies Covered with Roaches by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole by NeighborFood
- Jack O’Lantern Quesadillas from Big Bear’s Wife
- And dessert with Over 20 Halloween Treats like Witches’ Brew Halloween Cupcakes
What to Cook Shepherd’s Pie In?
- This recipe changes up the usual recipe to put the meat, potatoes, and vegetables into bell peppers for a twist on the classic dish.
- Traditionally this dish is baked in a casserole dish, like my Easy Shepherds Pie.
- You can also divide the mixture into ramekins to make Individual Shepherd’s Pies.
- Don’t want to make mashed potatoes? Pile everything into some Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Potatoes.
- Or turn the recipe into a gameday snack by making Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Fries.
- Here are even more Creative Twists on Classic Shepherd’s Pie.
Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Kids and kids-at-heart are going to love this fun Halloween dinner recipe. Carve some spooky or cute faces into orange bell peppers, and then fill them with a savory beef and vegetable mixture. Top with fluffy mashed potatoes and cheese then put the pepper tops back on top before baking for a deliciously ghoulish meal.
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Jack O'Lantern Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Peppers
- 4-6 orange peppers See Note*
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped (roughly 1/2 cup)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed or minced
- 3/4 cup tomato paste (one 6-ounce can)
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ cups beef broth
- 4 cups frozen mixed vegetable medley, thawed (about two 10 oz. packages)
- 1 pound Idaho® russet potatoes peeled and cut into about 1 inch chunks
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- Slice the top off of each of the peppers and reserve. Remove the seeds and, if desired, use a paring knife to carve a jack o'lantern face into each pepper.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat, until it is browned. Drain any excess grease. Stir in the tomato paste, Worscestershire sauce, and beef broth. Add vegetables, bring to a simmer, and cook for 10-15 minutes or until thickened slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- While the meat is cooking, place the Idaho® potatoes and a pinch of salt into a pot of cold water, cover, and bring to boil. Remove cover and boil for 10-12 minutes, until fork tender. Drain and return to the pot, add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream, milk, and salt. With potato masher or hand mixer, mash to desired consistency.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Divide the meat mixture between the peppers, then top with the mashed Idaho® potatoes and remaining cheese, and place in a glass baking dish.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until heated through, peppers are tender and cheese and potatoes are slightly browned.
Originally published Sep 28, 2014