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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!

platter of baked Sweet Potato Bites topped with Bacon and Avocado

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?”
white platter of bacon and avocado topped Baked Sweet Potato Bites appetizer

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?

Crowd Pleasing Sweet Potato Appetizer

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.

ingredients to make a sweet potato appetizer - sweet potato slices, crisp bacon, and avocados

How to Make Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

  • 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 the 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.
white platter of baked potato rounds topped with guacamole and bacon

In addition to being ridiculously yummy and addictive (did I mention that bacon and avocado are involved?), this easy sweet potato 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. Or make them some Creamy Vegan Queso Dip.

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

close up photo of baked sweet potato appetizers

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

  • 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. 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!
  • To Store. Store in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pressed tightly against the top to prevent browning.

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

4.83 from 28 votes
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.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Servings: 40 bites, approx.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!


Serving: 1biteCalories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

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  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

    1. Oh Alabama. Please have mercy if we ever meet again, lol. And I’d say brownies, avocados, and sweet potatoes are the makings of a beautiful friendship!

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

    1. 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!

    1. Kathy, my mouth is WATERING. I love stuffed jalapenos, and I’m so appreciative that you shared the recipe. Totally going to try these–the hubs would love ’em too!

  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!

    1. I am a trail mix FIEND Georgia! And we ND fans definitely need our stamina, if for no other reason than every game ends up feeling like a heart attack, lol

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. Fist pump for the Irish! Good food is good luck for the team if you ask me, so here’s to the game day spread. We’re just doing our part :-)

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

    1. 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?

  9. 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.

    1. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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

    1. Pizza = Always Acceptable. And girl, you let me know when your coming over, and I’ll make you your own tray!

  13. 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!

    1. I’m all in for avocados too! And I don’t think a ‘sports game’ is 100% necessary to make game day food. How about a game of cards as a good excuse? :-)

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

    1. Chili and veggies with dip are two of my favorites too Adrienne, especially with cornbread added to the mix:-)

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

  18. I’m sort of lazy, I make a great big vat of chili and I leave the guys to their own devices.

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.5 stars

    1. 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 :)

  21. 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!!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

    1. 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.

  24. 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!)5 stars

    1. 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 :-)

    1. I’m so so excited that you tried this recipe and it enjoyed it Mer! Thanks for taking time to share your review and have a very happy new year!

  25. 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?

    1. 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!

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

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

  28. 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

    1. Vicki, you live in my favorite place to spend a football Saturday. Thanks for saying hi and GO IRISH ;-)

  29. 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!5 stars

  30. 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 in my list of Healthy Football Game Food Ideas!! :)5 stars

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

    1. 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!

  32. 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!5 stars

  33. 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!

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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!

  35. Did a test run this weekend with this recipe in preparation for a Labor Day party.
    My husband told me to forget making dinner. He would just finish the appetizers!!5 stars

    1. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. Why Hello, Erin! I am also married to a Ben, who loves his football plus all the fun things I make for him to eat during the game, lol! These look delicious, I am certainly going to add them to the menu this weekend! We have been all things sweet potatoes lately!

  38. I’m so excited to make these for super bowl this Sunday! I’ll let you know how they turn out and give you a shout out on my post when I blog about my Super Bowl Foodie recipes. 

  39. Do these have to be served warm? Or can the sweet potatoes be made and hour ahead of time, have to serve appetizers somewhere…

  40. Is the aluminum foil necessary? With all the new research linking aluminum to Alzheimer’s and other Neurologic issues, I no longer keep foil in the house. Is it just to simplify cleanup?

  41. Looking to make these for a party, I just wanted to know has anyone made them the night before and put them out the next day. What would be considered the best way to serve? I just don’t want to fudge up the first time making these. Thanks in advance ladies! 

    1. Hi Erin, you can certainly make them ahead! There are some helpful make ahead tips in the recipe notes above. I’ve had several readers tell me they made this recipe ahead with great success, so I hope you love it too!

  42. This looks delicious! Out of curiosity, do the sweet potatoes hold up as far as firmness or do they get very soft? I am wondering if this is easy to pick up with your fingers without it falling apart. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Monica! While these do become more soggy as they sit, I think they’re still very easy to pick up with your fingers. I hope you love the recipe if you try it!

    1. Hi Myriam! I’m not sure if I quite understand the question, but in general, since I’m not a registered dietitian, I can’t offer dietary or medical advice. I do hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  43. Very good – I took them to party and everyone liked them. Only problem is it took about 1 1/2 hours to make them – not 45 minutes!! The bacon took forever to cook in the oven! I cook a lot so don’t think it was my ineptitude – but maybe I am just slow!4 stars

    1. Hi Nancy, the only thing I can think of is that your oven temperature was a little off (do you have an oven thermometer? You’d be surprised!). I’m happy that you were able to enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Anne! I’m sorry you had trouble with the sweet potatoes, but I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed them otherwise!