I can turn any recipe into a spooky extravaganza and these Super-Scary Spicy Chili Stuffed Jack-O-Peppers are no exception. But don’t worry, if Halloween’s not your holiday, no one turns their back on a warm bowl of hearty chilli when the temperatures drop. So enjoy it in a scary bell pepper, a plain bell pepper, or even some chilli all by itself.
This chilli get’s its spice from Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. It’s pureed into a sauce with the juice from the canned tomatoes, so you can make it as hot as you want by adding more or keep it mild for the kids and serve it all on the side. It also makes for some spooky “blood” for your scary stuffed peppers.
Another decorating trick is to stick a bean in each eye to make them seem a little more real. No giveaway today, but here are 2 of the winners so far. I’ve emailed them recently, so hopefully they are as excited as I am!
Serves: 4 cups
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 to 2 peppers from a (7 ounce) can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans
- 1 cup ground seitan (I used Sweet Earth ground Chipotle flavor)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- lime wedges and chopped cilantro, for serving
- Drain the tomatoes in a small food processor. Don't worry about getting every drop out of the can or squeezing them dry. You just want to get what pours out freely.
- Add 1 to 2 chipotle peppers to the food processor depending on how hot you want your sauce to be. You can also spoon some extra adobo sauce in from the can to get the heat level up. Puree and set aside.
- In a 1½ to 2 quart slow cooker add the contents left in the tomato can, 1 to 2 teaspoons of the chipotle sauce you just made, black beans, seitan, garlic, oregano and chili powder.
- Cook on low 7 to 9 hours (or 4 to 5 hours on high).
- Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.
- Serve with lime wedges and chopped cilantro along with the extra chipotle sauce you made on the side.
- 4 large bell peppers about the same size with flat bottoms
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- Preheat oven to 350 and grease (or line with parchment paper to make oil-free) a Dutch oven or a casserole dish and use foil later to cover it.
- Using a sharp knife carefully cut the top off.
- Cut away the seed portion that will probably stay with the top. Then cut away any of the whiteish parts on the inside ribs and remove any seeds that fell in.
- Now you will use a small paring knife to cut out the face. you can use any Jack-O-Lantern patterns, but be mindful that the holes aren't too big or your chili will run out through the very holes you just cut. I really recommend stuffing one bean in each eye to help with leakage and just because it looks good and spookier!
- Stuff your works of art with the cooked chilli. It can be hot or from the fridge since you will be cooking them.
- Place them in the Dutch oven, cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the peppers are easily pierced.
- They will be hot and oozing, so use a large spoon to scoop them onto a plate.
- Using the end of a knife or a tiny spoon, paint chipotle sauce blood on your Jack-O-Pepper. You could serve this on a bed of black forbidden rice to take the theme even further.
Happy Halloween! Muah haha…