Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

I’ve read that in successful relationships, each partner brings different strengths. Ben, for his contribution, can remember the play-by-play of every Notre Dame football game in the last 25 years. For my part, I can remember everything the two of us have ever eaten while watching, these Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon in particular. Clearly, we are made for each other!

Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Avocado. Great finger food for game day! Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and DELICIOUS. This easy and healthy baked sweet potato appetizer is always a crowd pleaser. Recipe at wellplated.com

I jest.

I’m sure, if pressed (or if the last Sweet Potato Bite were at stake), I could find one game Ben missed in the last 25 years, but it would be a challenge. In fact, this time of year, our entire communication system shifts to the team’s schedule.

Sample conversation. Please note, this actually happened. More than once.

    • Me: “The wedding is the 23rd.”
    • Ben: “What?”
    • Me: (checks schedule on phone) “The Michigan State Game.”
    • Ben: “Ah, OK. It’s not during the game is it?”

Baked Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Guacamole. One of our favorite easy sweet potato appetizers! Paleo, gluten free, and dairy free. Recipe at wellplated.com

Why my husband’s brain is wired this way, I can no more easily explain it than I can my ability to remember every restaurant the two of us have eaten in together, what we each ordered, and our final verdict.

Some people are born to solve complex mathematical formulas. I am born to remember menus…and the words to every N*SYNC song ever written. As I said, different strengths.

Ben and my unique, er, talents join forces anytime we are hosting a game watch. Ben takes care of the party timing, DVRing, and positioning the couches and chairs for optimal viewing. I take care of the menu and invite the guests.

If I’m invested in the team, I do care about the outcome of the game, but to be totally honest, I love football (and all sports for that matter) most for the social aspect.

After all, why watch a game all by yourself when you can watch it with friends and an epic spread of game day food?

Oven the dozens of game day recipes I’ve made over the years, these Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon have remained a long-running crowd pleaser.

The recipe has a few simple ingredients and spices that, while separately delicious, truly have been meant to be together all along: avocado, bacon, and sweet potatoes.

Baked Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Avocado. DELICIOUS game day and party appetizer! Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and (if you omit the bacon) vegan, so anyone can enjoy it! Recipe at wellplated.com

Start by slicing and baking the sweet potato to make chips. Then, while you wait for them to crisp in the oven, make a quick guacamole by mashing avocado with lime and smoked paprika.

Take this heavenly green concoction and settle it atop the sweet potato chips. Smother the whole shebang with crispy bacon and cilantro. You just built the perfect game-day bite.

Paleo Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Avocado. Recipe at wellplated.com

In addition to being ridiculously yummy and addictive (did I mention that bacon and avocado are involved?), this easy sweet potato bite appetizer is allergy friendly, making it good choice for parties where guests have different dietary restrictions. They’re gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and Paleo too.

If you have a guest who is vegetarian or vegan, you can also omit the bacon or top only some of the bites.

Sweet Potato Bites appetizer with bacon and avocado. Paleo, gluten free, and dairy free! Everyone loves this crowd-pleasing recipe. Recipe at wellplated.com

(Spoiler if you invite me: I will be eating the bites with the bacon. Don’t judge!)

In addition to being one of my most trusted appetizer recipes, these Paleo Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Guacamole have become a reader favorite too. I originally shared this recipe way back in 2013 and am refreshing it today with upgraded pictures and a fun recipe video.

For a step-by-step of how to make these Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Guacamole, watch this short recipe video:

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Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Baked Sweet Potato Bites topped with avocado, bacon, and cilantro. This easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer is always a hit at parties! Gluten free and Paleo.

Yield: about 40 bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, peels on
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake bacon according to these directions. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate and lightly pat dry. Once cool enough to handle, dice and set aside.
  2. If necessary, move the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil (if reusing one of the bacon sheets, change out the foil for a fresh piece). Brush sheets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. With a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2- to 1/4-inch slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, then brush tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown underneath, rotating the pans 180 degrees and changing their positions on the upper/lower racks halfway through. Remove the pans from the oven, flip the slices over, then roast for an additional 8 to 11 minutes, until golden on top.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and smoked paprika. Mash lightly with a fork, leaving the mixture slightly chunky. Set aside.
    Transfer the baked sweet potato slices to a serving plate. Top each with a dollop of the avocado mixture, chopped bacon, and cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Make ahead tips: Slice the sweet potatoes and bake the bacon up to 1 day in advance. Store separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The avocado mixture can be made a few hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pressed tightly against the top to prevent browning. I recommend baking the sweet potatoes and assembling the bites as close to serving time as possible, as they do become a bit soggy as they sit. Even if they do soften somewhat, they will still be delicious!
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 bite

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 31 Calories
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Sodium: 52mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Protein: 1g

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About Erin Clarke

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154 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!!

    Rating: 5
  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. Who doesn’t love avocado!!! These sweet potato bites are terrific, Eric.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. Hi, these are very nice appetizers!
    Ciao

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. I really like nachos for game day!

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

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

  30. 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!

  31. Absolutely need NACHOS!

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

  33. 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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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the automated entry form}

  34. 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

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

  36. 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.

    Rating: 5
  37. I love pretzels and hummus for game day!

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  39. 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!!

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

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

  42. Guacamole loaded nachos

  43. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    Buffalo Wings!!

  44. 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.

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

  46. 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.

  47. Beer dip and pretzels

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  49. 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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  51. Just made these! They are amazing!

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

  71. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ERIN 

    Rating: 5
  72. thank you very much Erin.

    Rating: 5
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  75. Guacamole loaded nachos. thanks.

  76. omg very nice post, thanks admin

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

  78. 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

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

    Especially on mobile, I am so sick of every recipe blog post being roughly half a Harry Potter book worth of personal reflections before I can even tell if I have the right ingredients on hand!

    Rating: 5
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  84. Hello, this recipe looks soo delicious! Ive been obsessed with sweet potatoes lately so I can’t wait to try it out!! Thank you for sharing this. I actually included this recipe here http://www.meshkomoments.com/healthy-football-game-food/ in my list of Healthy Football Game Food Ideas!! :)

    Rating: 5
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  88. One of my favorites now. In addition to appetizer, it can double down as a weekend breakfast, served with a sunny side egg.

    Rating: 5
    • Excellent idea to serve for breakfast with an egg, Anna. Yum! I’m so glad to hear this recipe is a favorite! Thanks so much for leaving this lovely review!

  89. Made this for our Super Bowl viewing last night, & these delectable little numbers stole the show! They deliver on flavor & fun while still being fresh & light. Delicious & quite the crowd pleaser. THANKS!

    Rating: 5
  90. So, I always hate it when people do this, but do you think this would still be good minus the cheese? 3 people in my family can’t eat dairy. Thanks!

    • Hi Stefanie! Have you ever tried a dairy free cheese like Daiya? It’s actually quite good! Otherwise, these will still be yummy without the cheese. I hope you love them!

  91. Wish we had these sweet potatoe treats at our football party this year love your light recipes 

    Rating: 5
  92. Is kosher salt just an expression for thick ground salt, or what is the significance of the salt being kosher in a recipe?

    • Hi Dash, kosher salt doesn’t have iodide added to it like table salt does, and iodide can add a metallic taste, so I prefer the flavor of kosher!

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  94. Did a test run this weekend with this recipe in preparation for a Labor Day party.
    YUM!!
    My husband told me to forget making dinner. He would just finish the appetizers!!

    Rating: 5
    • Debbie, I’m so glad to hear the recipe was a hit for you and your husband! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review.

  95. Nice!! Look like one gorgeous appetizer (:

  96. SO perfect for fall get-togethers!!

  97. Lexi @Lexi'scleankitchen Reply

    The perfect game day appetizer! Will definitely have to give this a try this weekend!

  98. Snacks like this always get me because I don’t know when to stop! ;)

  99. Lol. I couldn’t tell you a single thing about a football game. I’m only about the snacks! And these bites are right up my alley!

  100. You’ve just combined all my loves. And then some. Hello BACON!!

  101. I would eat every one of those!!

  102. hey girl- these look amazing! great job!

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