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Guacamole Bacon Stuffed Pepper Poppers

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paleo pepper poppers

Late nights in college were often capped off with a trip to Sonic Drive-In. I craved Cheddar Poppers–jalapeños stuffed with cheese and deep fried. If you’ve ever tried to make pepper poppers at home, you know that a jalapeño is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to bite into…a mild, tame pepper or a flaming, taste bud murderer. So I’ve done away with the guessing and switched out the jalapeño for a small baby pepper. I’ve seen them at almost every grocery store I’ve walked into, and they’re usually found in little cute plastic bags, hanging around the other peppers.


  • 1 lb sweet baby peppers
  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 t chili garlic or hot sauce
  • salt, to taste
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped & crisped up


Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Prepare the peppers by cutting off the stems, then cut the peppers in half, lengthwise. Pull out the white membrane and seeds. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and bake until tender, about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could leave the peppers raw.

Meanwhile, assemble the guacamole by mashing together (with a fork) the avocados, lime juice, cilantro, hot sauce and a good pinch of salt.

Use a small spoon to fill the peppers with guacamole. Top with bacon crumbles.



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    August 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Oooh, these look fantastic. Might need to make these for my cookout next weekend!!

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    Holly Rains
    August 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Oh, I am all over these tonight! I happen to have all the ingredients sitting in my fridge. Thanks!

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    August 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    These look like a great snack! Mmm, bacon :)

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    Sandi B.
    August 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Holy guacamole! The ingredients are on my shopping list! Avacado and bacon – a match made in heaven :)

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    August 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Loving this idea! Just fyi – if you want to cool down a jalapeno because you are right, it can be a crap shoot. Boil them in water for 5 min before you stuff them and then bake them – mild well mannered jalapeno’s from now on. I’m going to try this with the peppers because I like the idea of the sweetness from the pepper with the creamy guac and salty bacon. Hells Yeah!

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    August 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    These look fantastic! I love Sonic Poppers but they don’t like me….Lol!!

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    August 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Loved these!!! We got some large banana peppers from our farm share and followed the recipe -except that I baked our peppers at 400 for an extra 10-15 to numb some of the bite. YUM, YUM, YUM

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    August 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    This was soooooo yummy!

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    Liz N.
    August 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Are you freakin’ kidding me, Megan?! I’m speechless….and to add, I’ve converted another friend over to your Paleo Pad Thai and in her words, called them, “dinner party worthy”. How’s that for a compliment?!

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      megan keatley
      August 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      awwww. that’s so awesome. thanks so much liz!

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    August 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Holy YUM!!! I am certainly making these soon

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    Liz N.
    August 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Megan, I just noticed the ALL NATURAL, no dogma added burst on the site! I absolutely love it. You guys are so clever! You know I appreciate stuff like that. 😉

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    September 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Holy Goddess these sound amazing!!! Great recipe for a party, thank you.

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    September 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’m certainly going to be trying this either tonight or tomorrow evening. However, I can also see this working with (and if I do eat beef now) grass fed beef cut into a thin strip overlaying the guacamole..droooooool…. Anyways, glad that I found your blog.

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    September 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Used yellow and purple bell pepper, still delicious!

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    sarah sprouse
    October 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I put these (peppers raw) in my kids lunch at least once a week. Cooking them and topping with bacon sounds like the perfect way to dress them up for dinner!

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    October 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This is very creative. It’s fun and tastes really good. You don’t need to be a cook to make these. Such an easy recipe to follow.

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    March 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I really liked your idea using guacamole in the peppers. I used jalepenos and kept them whole, except cutting of the top and cleaning out the seeds/veins, filled them with guacamole, and then wrapped in bacon and cooked in oven at 350. I used to use cheese, but the guac was a great substitute and it tasted very good. Thanks so much for the idea, I will definitely be making this more.

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    June 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    These were a hit at my house! Thanks for the recipe!

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    August 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I just made these tonight in about 5 minutes. They are amazing! I even convinced my very picky 13 year old daughter to try one and she liked it. (I’ve never seen her eat a pepper in my life!!)

    Just an idea to share – I left the stems on and scooped the seeds out with a teaspoon. That way you have a little handle to hold onto while you’re eating it. YUM!

    Thank you for this great recipe. The bacon makes it fabulous!

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    October 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    These were fantastic! I threw them together as an appetizer for a dinner party. They were a hit. And they were super easy to make. However, I cheated and bought pre-made guacamole since I waited too long and none of the grocery store avocados were ripe. So I can only imagine how much more awesome these would be with fresh, homemade guac. Great recipe!

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    Susanna Windham
    October 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

    OMG Skye. I just found this. Soooo going to make these. I have home grown peppers. Can’t wait!

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    November 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    These are my new favorite food, seriously. Thanks for sharing!

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    January 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    On a low carb diet and made these today. Thanks for the idea. I love guacamole.

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    February 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I took this recipe and tweeked a few things, i baked the peppers than added mozzerella cheese on top and broiled for only a few minutes. Afterwards I filled with my guacamole I mixed in with the bacon, then finished with adding more bacon sprinkles on top (you can never have too much bacon….right?!) anywho such an amazing combo of flavors! Thank you for the recipe!

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