Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Rather than give you yet another dip, enchilada, nacho, or taco recipe I thought to provide you a spicy/salty nibble to help soak up all the celebratory May 5th drinks.  For a long while I have been in love with bacon wrapped dates.  Something about sweet, tender dates wrapped in crisp, salty bacon makes my heart go pitter-pat.  Something else that makes my evil heart trip with joy is Mexican style chorizo … I think you know where this is going.

Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

These dates are stuffed with a chorizo mixture that includes cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onions, garlic, and pickled jalapeño.  I also tossed in a little cayenne pepper for extra zing.  The final bite is packed with flavor, but it is balanced.  The sweetness of the date counters the salty pork, while the vinegar tang of the pickled jalapeños cuts the richness of the cheese filling.  I will note here that bacon wrapped dates are not always beautiful, but if you par-cook the bacon in the microwave for a minute or two before baking the dates will have a better shape, be less greasy, and become more crisp.  All good if you ask me.  Serve these warm or at room temperature with frosty beer or margaritas and celebrate!

Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates    Serves 8 to 10

4 ounces Mexican style chorizo, removed from the casing
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely diced pickled jalapeño
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
14 strips thick cup bacon, cut into three even pieces
40 pitted dates

Heat the oven to 350 F and place a wire cooling rack on a foil lined baking sheet.  Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.

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In a small pot over medium heat cook the chorizo until slightly darker in color, about 5 minutes.  Drain off the excess fat and add the onion and garlic.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes.

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Add the jalapeño and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute.  Turn off the heat and add the cream cheese and shredded cheese.  Stir well to mix.  Allow to cool to room temperature.

Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Place the bacon pieces on a microwave save plate lined with paper towels.   Cover with a sheet of paper towels and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on high, or until the bacon has released some fat and is partially cooked.  Set aside to cool.

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Place the cooled chorizo mixture into a piping bag fitted with a medium round or star tip.  Pipe a teaspoon of filling into each of the dates, then wrap the dates in the par-cooked bacon.  Place the stuffed dates on the prepared pan, seam side down.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp.  Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates


Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Author: Kelly

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  • Oh my gosh …. even your piping bag is cute!! Great pics and if I could reach out and snatch one of those bacon wrapped dates I would! SEB1119 on Twitter

  • That looks and sounds so delicious. Everything with chorizo is good. Especially like the addition of cheeses. Wicked.

  • Now we’re talking! Chorizo wins every time…best sausage ever, hands down!

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  • Looks awesome!!

  • You should get an award for making one of the worlds most unattractive foods look great! They are not the easiest food to shoot 🙂 I love the flavors you chose for the filling.

  • Great recipe – some of my favorite flavors all mixed together in one perfect bite!

    Also, I love your toothpicks – they’re so cute!

  • Love your spin of using chorizo to stuff the dates! This is one of my all time favorite appetizers.

  • Liz

    Wow, I just made dates stuffed with cream cheese…and here you’ve taken them to a whole other level! How fabulous these look!

  • Bacon wrapped dates! Love these! They’re always one of the first things to disappear whenever I do a cocktail party.
    I normally stuff mine with almonds or manchego cheese, but your spicy chorizo filling sounds downright inspired. Will have to give these a whirl next time I need to make a fancy appetizer.

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  • Maybe it’s because it’s late but I had to read the title about 8 times before I could figure out the proper order of. I do now…it’s brilliant. Chorizo in the date, wrapped in bacon. How did you ever come up with such a combination? Great job!

  • RavieNomNoms

    I love the sweet and salt you have going on here…Looks so delicious!

  • Joy

    I get something similar everytime I got for tapas. Those look great.

  • Wow these look SO delicious 🙂 I love your bling-y toothpick thingies, too.

  • Twila Davis Reed

    These were really tasty! I made them as appetizers for a Mother’s Day dinner and most everyone who tried them really liked them.

    I did find trying to use the pastry bag method to fill them was a little tough…I think my chorizo grind wasn’t fine enough and it kept getting stuck in even my largest tip. So I just cut the dates open and stuffed them by hand and made sure the seam was in the middle of the bacon strip. Par-cooking the bacon really helped, by the way! A toothpic, through everything while cooking helped keep it all together and they were ready for serving.

    One thing I really loved was the awesome texture and flavor the date itself took on after baking. Delightful! The only thing I changed in the recipe was to add a couple of shakes of Liquid Smoke flavoring to the meat mixture. I felt like my bacon didn’t smell smoky enough and knew that flavor would really heighten the sweet/salty factor. It did. It was great!

    Thanks for a great recipe. Evil Shenanigans, indeed!
    (and from one photographer to another, BEAUTIFUL images!)

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  • These look great and I can imagine how the sweet and savory compliment each other.

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