Bacon Peanut Butter Truffles

Americans are nuts over peanuts. There are 10 different peanut-related holidays throughout the calendar year. Here are some factoids that speak to our “nutty” addiction. The average American will eat 6 lbs. of peanuts and peanut products in a year. And the average child eats 1,500 PB&J’s by high school graduation!

Peanuts and chocolate are already a popular pairing. Four of the best-selling candy bars in the US contain nuts in them, like my favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. To celebrate this month’s Peanut Holiday, I wanted to make a recipe that combined peanuts, chocolate and bacon.

The old proverb “Two’s company, three’s a crowd” just doesn’t hold true when you’re talking about peanuts, chocolate and bacon. These three make a delicious trinity of sweet and savory goodness. The smoothness and richness of the chocolate, and the crunchy saltiness of both peanuts and bacon taste wonderful together. These truffles are not only delicious, they are pretty as well, and this is a perfect dish for entertaining. They keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator, so make a batch and treat yourself to a truffle or two each night (if you can make them last that long!)

I adapted this recipe from Southern Cooking. Because I used a thick-cut, artisan bacon that doesn’t shrink like grocery store bacon, I reduced the amount of bacon. I eliminated the salt as the bacon provides enough sodium. Also, I switched the chocolate to dark chocolate for a more elegant truffle.

I followed the original recipe and only refrigerated the shaped balls for ½ hour and had problems with them “melting” between my fingers as I was dipping them. Refrigerating the balls overnight before they are dipped in chocolate should help them hold together and look better.

Chipotle Bacon Street Tacos

Yield: Make 20 Tacos

Chipotle Bacon Street Tacos

    For The Chipotle Rub
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce,
  • finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons each ground cumin,
  • garlic powder, onion powder,
  • paprika, brown sugar
    For The Tacos
  • 2 pounds slab bacon
  • 20 small corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¬Ω bunch cilantro, chopped
  • chipotle rub
  • creamy cilantro sauce
    For The Creamy Cilantro Sauce
  • ¬Ω cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper, chopped
  • ¬Ω bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ¬Ω teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare the chipotle rub by mixing all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. To make the cilantro sauce, combine all ingredients. The mixture should be just thin enough to pour.
  3. Dice the slab into ¼" chunks and coat with the chipotle rub. Place in a large skillet and cook over medium-low heat for about 15–20 minutes until bacon chunks are cooked through and start to
  4. caramelize. Serve a heaping spoonful of chipotle bacon on each warmed corn tortilla, topped with a sprinkling of onions, cilantro, and a drizzle of creamy cilantro sauce.

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