crushed tortilla chipsas decorative 'glass shards' and crunch
guacamole* recipe below
The beef: Begin with pre-heating your oven to 180C (350F). Quickly brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat. Set beef aside but continue with the pan.
The onion and rice: Reduce heat to medium. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent - about 7-10 minutes. Add the rice and stir frequently until rice is golden and opaque. Add the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, smoked paprika, cayenne and cumin.
Simmer: Pour in the broth or water. Stir gently. Cover and bring to a boil. Then reduce to low and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. Approximately 17 minutes, depending a little on the rice.
Draw Jack O'Lanterns: Meanwhile, draw Jack O'Lanterns on the bell peppers. Cut with a sharp knife outside of the markings. Cut the top of the bell peppers off, but save it for presentation. Hollow and de-seed the peppers and cut a little on the bottom to make them more steady (if needed).
Bake the peppers: Fluff with a fork and add in the beans, corn, salsa and half of the cheese. Divide the mixture into four bell peppers. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the bell peppers are soft and the cheese is melted.
Serve: Add a few broken pieces of nachos on top to make it look like it's been cut with broken glass! Serve the Rice and Beans Halloween Jack O'Lantern Peppers with a fresh salad and optional toppings, such as guacamole, sour cream and more salsa.
* Homemade Guacamole RecipeLeftover Filling: Most likely you will have leftover filling. You can bake however many bell peppers you want, and just keep the leftover filling covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Very important to not let it sit out in room temperature because of the rice. Bake new peppers the next day or you can make burritos with the filling. Serve with flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa and fresh veggies if you like.You may also serve extra filling on the side, because of the amount of bell pepper.Did you make it? Tag @thegingerwithspice / #gingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!Nutrition does not include optional toppings. Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. If you have any specific dietary concerns, please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
Find the recipe here: https://www.gingerwithspice.com/rice-and-beans-halloween-jack-olantern-peppers/