Guacamole Bacon Stuffed Pepper Poppers

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.



28 thoughts on “Guacamole Bacon Stuffed Pepper Poppers

  1. Maggie Reply

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

  2. Sandi B. Reply

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

  3. Shannon Reply

    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!

  4. Lauren Reply

    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

  5. Liz N. Reply

    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?!

  6. Liz N. Reply

    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. ;-)

  7. Lydelle Reply

    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.

  8. sarah sprouse Reply

    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!

  9. easy snack recipes Reply

    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.

  10. Kari Reply

    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.

  11. Pascale Reply

    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!

  12. Amy Reply

    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!

  13. Susanna Windham Reply

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

  14. Lonie Reply

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

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