The 7 Best Ways To Enjoy Bacon

Whether you like it chewy or crispy, thick-cut or thin, by the package or by the strip—there’s no food quite like bacon.

“But it’s fattening!” you say. Not true. One strip of bacon contains just 44 calories and nearly three grams of protein, according to the USDA. That doesn’t give you license to pig out, but you can still use bacon to add tons of flavor to a variety of foods.

Drooling yet? Scroll down, hungry bacon lover!

Build a Better Breakfast 

A side of bacon with eggs is a great way to start the day, but what about bacon wrapped around eggs, bell pepper, chicken, and spinach—all baked into portable breakfast bites and topped with avocado. Oh yeah, now we’re freakin’ talking.

Pump Up Your Chili 

There are plenty of ways to add depth and complexity to your secret chili recipe—chocolate, beer, smoked paprika, beans—but none are quite as tasty to bite into a cache of than thick-cut, cubed bacon. Cook this recipe for the best red chili. Never look back.

Make Salad Taste Good 

Screw croutons. Bacon is the ultimate crunchy topping for a salad and there’s no way to experience it better than by combining it with pumpkin seeds, mangos, avocados, and a crumbly Mexican cheese called queso fresco. Click here to discover the recipe.

Supplement Your Steak Sauce

Maybe you don’t need oysters, bacon, white wine, butter, and BBQ sauce to make your steaks taste incredible. Or maybe you do. That decision, fellow carnivore, is entirely up to you. But as you pour some brand-name steak sauce over your T-bone, the rest of us will be over here using this awesome DIY recipe.

Eat It With Watermelon 

Okay, yeah, this ones a little strange, but we swear that watermelon and bacon play really well together.

Think about it: Watermelon is just the right amount of sweet and bacon is just the right amount of salty. Do you like chocolate-covered pretzels? Hell yeah, you do. Same principle, healthier combo.

You know what else tastes good? Pineapple and blue cheese. Here are 20 Food Combos That Sound Gross but Are Actually Freaking Delicious.

Make It Yourself! 

Yes, you can make your own bacon. And the process isn’t all that complicated, really. All you need is a good butcher, a little patience, and enough of an appetite to handle having a few pounds of the stuff sitting around the house. You can take care of that last part, right? Click here to make the most delicious bacon you’ve ever tasted.

Indulge in Dessert

Ice cream and bacon? You have no idea. Click here to discover the recipe. Hurry. Your life can’t go on without it!

For even MORE bacon recipes, try our Guy Gourmet cookbook.