Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

We’ve entered that time of year when I communicate with my husband via the Notre Dame football schedule. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon happened on “USC weekend.”

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon In the fall, Ben does not talk calendar dates. He talks opponents.

  • Me: “Jacky’s wedding is on the second.”
  • Ben: “What?”
  • Me: “The Navy game.”
  • Ben: “Ah, OK. It’s not during the game is it?”

I love football, especially the Irish. (High five fellow Notre Dame fans! If that statement alienated 80% of you, please come over and I’ll bake you Triple Threat Brownie Cookies to convince you that we should stay friends.) I’m still mastering the art of developing a rudimentary understanding of football strategy, but thanks to Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon, I have unquestionably dominated one game-day essential: The food!

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

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Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon are the popular kid at the game-day party. We’re taking the best parts of a loaded baked potato—ahem, the fixin’s—and combining them with the best part of any self-respecting game-day spread: the guacamole.

Let’s mix up chunks of green goodness avocado with creamy Greek yogurt (my stand-in for sour cream), sassy smoked paprika, and zesty lime juice. We take this heavenly mix, then settle it atop a baked sweet potato chip. Smother the whole shebang with crispy bacon and cilantro, and we’ve built ourselves the perfect game-day bite.

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

I’m an avocado fiend, and I use this luscious super food in dishes ranging from my Avocado Dip with Feta (another game-day winner) to Avocado Ice Cream (heavennnnnnn.) I also devour avocados straight out of the peel with excess amounts of lime juice. I call this “quality testing.” Ben calls it “Quit eating all of the avocados!”

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No matter the team’s record (or our level of strategy comprehension), we can totally score in the appetizer department. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon for the win!

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Baked sweet potato chips topped with chunky avocado, crispy bacon, and fresh cilantro. This easy appetizer is sure to be the winner at any party!

Yield: about 40 bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, peels on
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup granted 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons non-fat or 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 ounces bacon (about 4 slices)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Place rack in upper and lower thirds of your oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil, then brush with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. Slice potatoes into 1/2 to 1/4 inch cross-sections (use a mandolin if you have one.) Arrange slices in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, then brush tops with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown underneath, rotating the pans 180 degrees and changing their positions on the upper/lower racks halfway through. Flip, then roast for an additional 8 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheddar, then return to oven and bake for an additional 3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and smoked paprika. Mash lightly with a fork, but still leave the mixture slightly chunky. Set aside.
  3. Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, then remove from pan and set between two paper towels set atop a dinner plate. Blot away excess grease and, when cool enough to handle, chop into small pieces.
  4. Once the crisps have baked, top each with a dollop of the avocado mixture, chopped bacon, and cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Disclosure: Avocados from Mexico compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

About Erin Clarke

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129 comments

  1. I fail horribly in football language – we are into Alabama here though. Since you mentioned brownies, avocados and sweet potato bites I am sure we will bond over that :P

  2. Football is totally lost me on….the food, however, is an entirely different story! Loving these tasty bites!

    • Kelli, I think one of the best parts about football is that you don’t have to be a strategy master to walk away from a game watch happy, all thanks to…the food of course! Thanks so much :)

  3. Gameday is the day for stuffed jalapenos.
    1 roll of medium spiced breakfast sausage cooked and drained.
    2 8oz blocks of cream cheese at room temperature
    15 jalapeno peppers, washed, seeded and halfed lengthwise
    After cooking your sausage, add in your cream cheese, mix well and then stuff your jalapeno halfs.
    Bake at 350 for 30 minutes!

  4. My requisite ND tailgate food is a little atypical- I love to bring a mega trail mix of toasted almonds, cranberries, and dark chocolate M&Ms. Provides some energy to master the 8 hour long tailgate before night games like USC!

  5. YUM!!!! Wow I would love these. I mean what’s not to love I guess but…YUM!!

  6. Football Sundays always end up being my day experimenting in the kitchen, love this idea!

  7. Flatlander In Vermont Reply

    Well being a Syracuse University fan means we don’t cheer much in football season (but watch out when its time for basketball!). So mostly I cheer for Penn State to keep the peace with my mom in law :). We do a lot of tailgating dips because they are easy to transport, buffalo chicken dip, ruben dip, 7 layer dip. easy to make a few different ones and bring a bag of tortilla chips along.

  8. My fellow ND fan Erin: Just as in my house, football Saturdays are an institution and food is the BIG TOPIC of the week proceeding each game. Do we slow cook something? Grill? Make soup? Clearly the answer this week is – make these potato bites!

  9. My favorite game day food is a nacho bar. Everyone can build to their own taste

  10. I confess that there’s not a lot of football watching around here, but I love the food possibilities. Chicken wings are probably the favorite, followed by nachos, chips and salsa, and anything else you can dip!!

  11. Booo Notre Dame (Sorry…Michigan fan here!). In my house we schedule around which fantasy player is playing (“I have to be home for the noon game because 2/3 of my team is playing). I’ll never understand football but I definitely understand these sweet potato bites! They look so delicious!

    • Nora, we can’t be friends ;-) Just kidding of course! Ben has stayed away from the Fantasy Football so far, but I’ll never understand the mania either. A good excuse to eat game-day food perhaps?

  12. My favorite game day food is Popchips! I like ’em because they’re healthier….meaning I can eat more =P

  13. Erin, these sweet potato bites look insane! I don’t think they’d make it to whatever party I was hoping to bring them to, lol! Thanks for sharing.

    • Georgia, these little bites are definitely in the “got ‘lost’ in transit” category. It’s ok to eat something that’s technically an appetizer for dinner, right?

  14. I love soft pretzels!

  15. Favorite game day food is chili and/or pepperoni rolls!

  16. Chips and salsa…

  17. i love chips & dip! or chips and guac. these bites sound amazing!

  18. Yes, I think the food is often just as important as the game (although I would never admit that to my Mother-In-Law!) These look so good. Bring on the bites!

  19. We usually have chips and salsa on game days

  20. not really one to sit and watch a game so no favorite snack – though in general I do like to munch on just plain old popcorn

  21. We tend to be pizza people on game day around here. BUT. If we had friends who watched football (since Alex just moved here, he hasn’t made game day buddies yet), I would TOTALLY be making these bad boys because OMGDELICIOUSIWANTTHEMALL

  22. Hi, these are very nice appetizers!
    Ciao

  23. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    I wish we had game days here, because I’d love to stuff my mouth with appetizers like these. They look amazing, and if it’s got avocado, I’m in!

  24. Not going to lie, I’m all about the food and only the food when it comes to football season, whereas my husband is all about the game (well, and the eating). :) These sweet potato bites would totally be a hit in our house!

  25. That conversation made my day … we girls probably know dates based on sales at stores though, so we can’t blame them too much! I’m all about football though:) And these bites – oh my goodness wow! Avocado, sweet potato, like, healthy comfort food right here!

  26. I really like nachos for game day!

  27. I don’t really watch sports… I mostly come around for cheese dips :)

  28. Pretty sure you can’t go wrong with combining sweet potato, avocado, and bacon!

  29. We always have a tray of veggies with an assortment of dips to change it up on game day. Our “go to” favorite is chili our way. Go team!

  30. Absolutely need NACHOS!

  31. I would not be down with any football lingo – but food lingo I understand so well!
    And girrrl – these look just PERFECT!

  32. I’m sort of lazy, I make a great big vat of chili and I leave the guys to their own devices.
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  33. These look incredible! AND they actually fit in with my diet if I eliminate the cheese. Well done, I want to make these now :D

  34. Chorizo stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers! Guacamole!

  35. I have been pinning all you girls recipes like crazy tonight from the Lemon Shower…All the recipes are so wonderful sounding. Thanks.
    My/our fave game day food is not always so healthy…hahaha. Gauc with cheese straws. Turkey chili and wings are always a hit. Dessert is some kind of cupcake or brownies. Simple things so I can enjoy the game too.

    • Thank you so much! Glad you like the recipes :) I also love your game-day party planning menu and attitude: Delicious and laid back so that the hostess has fun too. Perfect :)

  36. I love pretzels and hummus for game day!

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  38. love your football schedule talk…with my hubby it focuses around the Bears…my favorite game day food is refried bean dip ugh it is ridiculous how much I can eat. Also love your photos Erin!!

  39. Sounds delish. My favorite game day food is Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip.

  40. My favorite game day food is bacon cheeseburger soup!

  41. Guacamole loaded nachos

  42. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    Buffalo Wings!!

  43. It looks yummy, I would bake the bacon rather than fry it.
    (From Rachael Ray Show)
    Preheat oven to 375F.
    Arrange bacon on a slotted baking sheet and bake to crisp, 15-18 minutes.

  44. I love nachos with lots of fresh salsa and avacado. Then soup. Any kind of soup keeps me smiling.

  45. My favorite game day food is Captain Rodney’s Cheese bake! Combining Cream cheese, Bacon, Sharp Cheddar and the best glaze can NEVER go wrong! Very time I bring it, I get asked for the recipe! Good thing I know it by heart!

    • Melissa, I’ve never tried Captain Rodney’s Cheese Bake, but it sounds like something I need in my life ASAP!! I love recipes you know by heart because they are THAT outstanding.

  46. Beer dip and pretzels

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  48. These are AMAZING! I’m having a party next month and these are the first thing I’ve found for the menu! Thanks!! (also have been a Law Student’s wife….great idea to fill the time he’s in the library for hours and hours!)

    • I’m honored Michelle!! I’d love to hear what you think about them. And you’re right–this little “hobby” keeps me busy and both the husband and myself well-fed. Win-win :-)

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  50. Just made these! They are amazing!

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  55. If I make these before a party, will the avocado mixture turn a funny color before people arrive — or does the lime juice take care of that?

    • Great question Ann Marie! The avocado might turn a tiny bit brown, but as long as you put in the lime juice, you should be okay. You will notice that the color isn’t quite as bright green as when you first slice the avocado, which is due to the yummy spices that are mixed in with it. If you want to make it ahead, I would suggest mixing up the avocado ingredients, putting it in a container, covering it in Saran Wrap so that this Saran Wrap touches the surface, then refrigerate. Top the avocado bites right before you’re ready to serve. This will give you the max green factor and allow you to plan ahead. I’ve had several readers tell me they made this recipe with great success, so I hope you love it too. Have fun!

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  69. My favorite game day food is Popchips! I like ‘em because they’re healthier….meaning I can eat more :)

  70. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ERIN 

  71. thank you very much Erin.

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  74. Guacamole loaded nachos. thanks.

  75. omg very nice post, thanks admin

  76. These look delicious and am planning to try them. they look more orange like yams, does it matter whether sweet potato or yam?

  77. Wow I have to try these ….I’m not a big football fan but I do live “as the crow flys” 1 mile from the notre dame stadium I can hear the band,  announcers and roars from my patio Erin Clarke

  78. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for having a “jump to recipe” button!

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