DIY: Haunted Taco Tuesday

With Halloween right around the corner I thought it would be fun to post a very doable, easy, and creative DIY recipe for everyone to try!

I decided to take the household favorite taco night and put a Halloween twist on it! Below is everything you need in order to bring this spooky dinner to life! Enjoy!

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What’s Needed

  • 1 package: meat of choice (or tofu!)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Tomatoes (Kumato & Yellow)
  • 1 Pepper per person (I chose orange/red peppers)
  • Cheese (I chose shredded cheese)
  • Black Beans
  • Re-fried Beans
  • Jalapenos
  • Blue Corn Taco Shells
  • Sour Cream
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Taco Sauce
  • Food Coloring

 

 

Beef & Rice

You are going to want to start on the rice for the stuffed peppers as well as begin cooking the beef/meat of choosing for the tacos.

I cooked my beef on medium heat until browned and then added the taco seasoning, these instructions can be found on the taco seasoning packets!

I used brown rice, but feel free to use whatever grain your heart desires! Just be sure to follow the directions on the rice you are using!

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Carving Peppers

While the rice and beef are cooking, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and start carving little pumpkin faces out of your peppers!

This will work on all sizes of peppers, I chose varying sizes just to test it out and it worked well and every one. After washing the peppers you will cut around the step and pull off the top. This is very similar to carving a pumpkin, only smaller.

I then pulled the top of the pepper off and cut all the access gunk off with my knife to make it flat. After cleaning out any seeds from within the pepper I begin carving little faces. Make sure to use a sharp knife, and BE CAREFUL!

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These are what my peppers looked like after I carved faces into them. The next step is to begin stuffing them with the rice!

 

 

Once my rice was finished cooking I decided to season it with jalapenos, salsa, ground beef, cheese, cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice. I ended up just throwing everything into the rice, mixing it, and adding more to taste. When adding ingredients in this way it is important to add little by little. You can always add more, but you can’t take any away!

I placed my peppers in a glass casserole dish and begin spooning the rice in little by little until they were completely full! I then placed the peppers into the oven for 30 minutes.

Continuing the Tacos

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While the peppers were in the oven I continued working on the Tacos – they are much easier to pull together than the peppers so I would recommend getting the peppers in the oven first.

Not only are the tacos quicker, but they are much easier because the assembling of the actual taco is really more time consuming then each separate ingredient.

In general, the prepping process was me cutting the tomatoes and adding food coloring to make everything a bit more creepy. I specifically chose yellow and kumato tomatoes because of their coloring. The kumato was really fun because of its dark red/brown color it almost looked like a regular tomato that had gone bad – but I assure you it was delicious!

I then added food coloring to the lettuce, sour cream, and cheese. All of these foods took the color really well and you do not need a lot at all! Also, be sure to not mix with your fingers because the coloring will stain your skin!

I ended up making the cheese green, lettuce red, and sour cream orange. It all ended up looking really great on the blue corn taco shells. Ortega just released them, and I found them – as well as all the other ingredients from my local grocery store.

Finishing Touches

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Once the peppers were finished  it was time to assemble the tacos! I cooked these recipes for a small dinner party and it was a total success! Have everyone line up and put what they want on their tacos and then use a pair of tongs to put the peppers on everyone’s plate.

Final Thoughts

We were really happy with how everything came out – the tacos almost looked like spoiled food, but they were absolutely fresh and delicious! We paired this ghoulish dinner with fresh made pina coladas and poison cocktails that were to die for! But feel free to pair this haunting meal with any beverage of your choosing!

As always, I would love to hear from you! If you try out this spooktacular recipe let me know by either commenting below or reaching out over Instagram! (@mshaleyjohnson)

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