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Halloween Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 1 hr 20 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 383 1 serving

Dinner time gets seriously fun with these Jack O'Lantern stuffed peppers that hold a savory ground turkey filling. They're a really delicious way to kick off Halloween night.


  • 4 large orange bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 pound 85% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup Swanson® Chicken Broth or Swanson® Certified Organic Chicken Broth or Swanson® Natural Goodness® Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Step 1

    Set the oven to 375°F.  Cut the tops off the peppers.  Remove and discard the cores and seeds.  Reserve the pepper tops.  Using a sharp knife, carve a Jack O'Lantern face into each pepper.  Place the peppers upright in an 8x8x2-inch baking dish.  Chop the carved-out pieces of pepper and reserve.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion, garlic, reserved chopped pepper and chili powder and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, stirring occasionally.  Add the turkey and cook until the turkey is cooked through, stirring often to separate meat.

  • Step 3

    Stir the broth and picante sauce in the skillet and heat to a boil.  Stir in the couscous and remove the skillet from the heat.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until the couscous is tender.

  • Step 4

    Spoon the turkey mixture into the peppers.  Sprinkle with the cheese.  Top with the reserved pepper tops.

  • Step 5

    Bake for 40 minutes or until the peppers are tender.

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