Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce
The perfect combo of sweet, salty, and spicy! These bacon-wrapped chorizo-stuffed dates with spicy red pepper sauce make a deliciously easy appetizer, party dish, or game-day snack. Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30.
Servings 20 dates
Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 20 medjool dates (290 grams)
- 5 ounces chorizo
- 3 1/2 pieces of bacon (cut in half length wise and then cut in thirds)
Spicy Red Pepper Sauce
- 2 heaping cups chopped red peppers - I used a variety of bell, mini bell, and cherry or fresno peppers (250 grams)
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (60 grams)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Prep the dates. Make an incision on one side of each date and remove the seed (if needed). You want to make sure you don’t slice all the way through, leaving it almost like a taco shell. Stuff with the chorizo, dividing it up equally among the dates (about 1/4 an ounce each or 1/2 tablespoon). Wrap each date with a strip of bacon, tucking in the ends on the bottom of the date. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until chorizo is cooked through, bacon is golden brown, and the dates are tender and a little caramelized. If desired, you can pop them under the broiler for a minute or two until to get extra crispy. If needed, you can pat or drain off any excess grease (this will depend on how fatty your bacon is)
While the dates cook, make the sauce. Heat up a medium skillet or sauté pan over low-medium heat, add the olive oil, and let it get hot. Add onion and garlic and saute for 2-3, stirring frequently. Add red peppers and some salt and pepper and saute for 8-10 minutes until soft, making sure to stir every couple of minutes. Transfer the mixture to a narrow blender and blend until a smooth sauce forms. Let cool for a couple of minutes.
When the dates are done and the sauce has cooled some, it's time to assemble. Spoon the sauce over the bottom of a plate/dish/small pan or place small dollops on a plate. Pierce dates with a toothpick and place on top of the sauce. Enjoy!
Serving: 1date with sauce | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 10.5g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg