Halloween Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe (New Mexican Style)
Here’s our New Mexican recipe for some fun and easy, Halloween-carved and stuffed bell peppers!
One does not simply wake up one morning and stop being New Mexican, so when we found this amazing tutorial online, we knew we had to spice it up a bit! These tiny jack-o-lanterns can be cooked in your crock-pot or in the oven if you’d like to give the kids a good scare right before dinner.
Now if your leftovers from yesterday’s dinner consist of a Southern-style burrito, then you’re practically finished! Here’s what the recipe consists of:
Chicken, Pork, and/or Beef
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL: GREEN CHILES
Slow Cooked Shredded Chicken, Pork, and/or Beef
1 lb of chicken, pork, and/or beef
½ a red onion
½ a hand full of cilantro
1 tbs of Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
2 peeled and chopped green chiles
Add your choice of meat first into your crock-pot (we opted for ½ lb chicken and ½ lb beef), add your seasonings, and don’t forget your chopped red onion and both green chiles. Cover and let it cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours.
Alternatively, you can grill all of these ingredients above, but it’s preferred to use a crock-pot to keep all of the juices together.
Jack-o-lantern Bell Peppers
4 wide standing bell peppers
2 ½ cups of Spanish rice
1 (14.5 oz can) black beans, drained and rinsed
*Helpful Hint: Some people that have tried this before claim that using actual pumpkin carving tools made it easier on them. What fun!
While carving out your bell peppers, boil a large pot of water to place them in. We want them to become a bit tender, but be sure you completely hollow out all of the seeds and white parts inside. Boil your bell peppers for only 5 mins before taking them out and setting them aside to cool. Grab a large bowl to mix all your meat, black beans, and Spanish rice. (Sorry if we’re traitors, we simply bought ourselves a pre-cooked bag of rice.) Scoop ingredients into each bell pepper all the way to the rim, then place all of your bell peppers on a pan to cook at 350 degrees for just 30 more minutes. Be sure to add your cheese before baking, then add your sliced avocado and green chile on the side.
Alternatively, you can place your stuffed bell peppers back into the crock-pot and cook them on high until your bell peppers have reached desired tenderness and until your cheese and completely melted. Enjoy!
Here’s a link where we found our inspiration and where you can find 22 more great Halloween goodie ideas: 23 Easy and Scary Halloween Party Food Ideas