Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They’re an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. Scroll down for 19 more amazing tailgating recipes!

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

Football season! It’s here, finally. I’ve been waiting all summer.

A couple weeks ago I got to watch the the first game of the year with friends and family at a dear fellow fan’s house. It was awesome to finally watch football again!

Oh, and the food. Football fans sure know how to eat.

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

Whenever I tailgate with this group, there is always a massive spread of deviled eggs, delicious dips and decadent pulled pork. There’s always craft beer and sometimes (if I’m there) bottled tailgate cocktails. Maybe even cheese dip. Or beer cheese dip.

It’s a feast.

And that’s how tailgating should be, in my opinion. Food and football just go hand in hand.

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

So that’s where these Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates come in.

Sweet, salty and a little spicy, this is a meaty appetizer that’s sure to please a crowd of hungry tailgaters.

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

Chris and I first made these Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Date for a potluck this summer. We were on the Whole30, and wanted to bring a compliant appetizer, so we decided to put a box of medjool dates in our pantry to good use.

They were all gone within an hour.

No joke. That’s what I call a party success!

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

I’m not sure what I love more: the spicy meaty center, or the sweet date it’s enrobed in. Or perhaps it’s the crispy bacon on the outside.

Or maybe it’s the fact that you can just pop one of these in your mouth for a burst of all these flavors and textures. (What the heck — go for two.)

Whatever the reason, this is an appetizer that you can bring to any kind of gathering, all year long .Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are the perfect finger food. Touchdown! // susannah 

Scroll down for the recipe!

Here are 19 football tailgating recipes to enjoy all season long! (via feastandwest.com)

I teamed up with a few friends to bring you tailgating recipes to enjoy all season long.

Caramelized Onion Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Creamy Pepita Dip by The Mexitalian
Traeger Pulled Pork by Or Whatever You Do
Tricolor Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream by A Little Gathering
Baked Brie Crescent Bites by The Culinary Compass
Aunt Julie’s Pepperoni Bread by Off the Eaten Path
Jalapeño Ranch Dip by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Corn Dip by Me and My Pink Mixer
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken Sliders by Cake ‘n Knife
Easy Pepperoni Bread by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Smokies by West Via Midwest
Easy Roasted Veggie Fajitas by Hello Little Home
Chicken Swiss Dip by The Life Jolie
Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls by The Speckled Palate
Easy Potato Chip Nachos by Honey and Birch
Apple Pie Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Buffalo Cauliflower + Blue Cheese Dressing by For the Love of Food
Pigskin Cheeseball by Love & Flour

Want even more ideas? We have even MORE tailgating recipes from last football season!

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Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

Make tailgating better with a batch of Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates! They're an easy appetizer you can make for a crowd on game day or any gathering. (via feastandwest.com)

Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Yield: 40 dates
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chorizo sausage
  • 40 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 pounds thinly sliced bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Remove chorizo from casing. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook chorizo, stirring often and breaking the chorizo into chunks. Cook 5-6 minutes, until the chorizo is bubbling and completely separated. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Once chorizo is cool to the touch, stuff the dates with chunks of chorizo. Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap each date in half a strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, turning the dates halfway through to cook the bacon evenly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1 date
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 11g

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Here are 19 football tailgating recipes to enjoy all season long! (via feastandwest.com)

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