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Party Food: Pepper Nachos #CreateAPepper

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Except for a bout of pneumonia when he was a baby, and the typical early childhood maladies, Sam has been healthy, a fact for which I am exceedingly grateful. Sometimes you hear or see something that is a reminder that all families haven’t had such an easy road when it comes to their kids’ health. You can look away and try not to think about it or you can look right at the issue and ask, “What can I do to help?” September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and there is something you can do.

Party Food: Pepper Nachos

Chili’s restaurant and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have joined forces to raise funds to help kids seeking treatment, with the goal of defeating childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. Create A Pepper is their way of grabbing our attention and hopefully, our donations. The majority of funding for St. Jude comes from donors. This is unlike other hospitals, where insurance covers most expenses. While St. Jude accepts insurance, many of their provided services are not covered—nor will they be in the future—by insurance. It costs $2 million per day to operate St. Jude.

St Jude's Children's Hospital

Since it was founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, with assistance from Lemuel Diggs and Anthony Abraham, discoveries at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have changed how doctors treat children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. The survival rate of the most common type of childhood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) has increased from 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today. The overall survival rate for childhood cancers has gone from 20 to 80 percent.

#CreateAPepper to Help St Jude's

St. Jude also has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell programs in the United States. It was the first institution to develop a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant. St. Jude shares their breakthrough information with doctors and scientists throughout the world so their victories can help save more children.

Create A Pepper

Another really cool thing about St. Jude is that all medically eligible patients who are accepted for treatment are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. They also support families whose children are being treated by assisting them with transportation, lodging and meals. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. That is a huge benefit to parents who are already dealing with major concerns.

#CreateAPepper for St. Jude's

OK…are you ready to help? Create A Pepper like Sam in this video to raise awareness and donate to St. Jude to help the kids needing life-saving treatment.

#CreateAPepper for St Jude's

Mini Pepper Nacho Recipe

Peppers for Appetizer Recipe

Nacho Stuffed Peppers

And if all this talk of peppers has made you hungry, try these Pepper Nachos!

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Use one pound package of ground pork; add premixed taco seasoning and cook in a frying pan on low until well done.
  • While meat is cooking: using 10-12 mini peppers, cut the top off and cut in half lengthwise. Clean out seeds. Lay out on a cookie sheet. Brush pepper with olive oil and put in oven for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Shred approximately 1.5 cups cheddar cheese.
  • Take peppers out of oven.
  • Fill with ground pork. Top with shredded cheese and any additional toppings such as black beans, avocado or corn.
  • Return to oven until cheese melts, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Put a small dollop of salsa and sour cream on each nacho.

Pepper Nachos



Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.