If you're looking to turn heads at your team's next game, look no further. Not only do you have an impressive bowl made of bacon, you have an amazing layered bean dip that will blow your mind. Bean dips have been a staple at parties and game days through the dawn of time, but this is not your ordinary appetizer, this is Traeger magic.
Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: As many friends as you'd like to make
Recommended Pellets: Mesquite, Pecan, Hickory or Cherry
1 pack of bacon
1 can of kidney beans (or your favorite refried beans)
1 small container of sour cream
1 tub already made guacamole (or home made)
1 c of your favorite shredded cheese as well as 3 slices of processed packaged cheese
For the beans:
2 tbsp of your favorite salsa
1/2 pack taco seasoning
Dash Salt and Pepper
Let's start by getting our ingredients assembled and turning our Traeger to the "Smoke" setting and opening the lid for 3-5 minutes. While the grill is warming up we can create our bacon weave.
Start off by taking your bacon apart strip by strip and laying it side by side until you're around 5-6 slices deep on a cutting board or a sheet of plastic. Once you have them laid out start by pulling the odd or even strips from left to right about 1 inch it start your weave. Only do odds or evens though, this will start your weave. Once you have the bacon slices pulled back just a touch, lay a piece of bacon across the exposed slices and the gaps, then fold the bacon you originally peeled back on top of the strip you had just laid. Then its just a matter of doing the same thing, just the alternate. If you started with the odds do the evens but now that the first strip is established, instead of pulling from the left to the right, do the right to the left until you can lay another strip. It should look like this.
If you continue to alternate and lay strips you'll have a full out bacon weave and this is the easiest method I've found to use. Once you do it a time or two you'll become a pro.
Now is when we talk options for our bowl base. I personally have a metal bowl that I use for tortillas and other things so I figured that would be a great place to start. If you have an oven safe bowl of any sort grab that. If you don't, I've seen people create bowls just using wadded up foil to create the bowl.
Let's get our grill set to 375 and prepare for bacon bowl glory. Once your grill is to temperature, put your bowl upside down on the grill then lay your bacon over the top of it, this way the grease will run off of the bowl and bacon so you're not collecting a mass of grease inside the bowl.
Odds are depending on the size of your bowl, you're going to have excess. That's ok. Just the bacon do it's thing. I wouldn't suggest cutting the bacon down now, you never know how much the bacon will shrink so it's best to just let it work its course. While the bacon bowl is working let's get our dip ready to go. I personally go with kidney beans and smash them because I love the flavor, but you could just as easily use a can of refried beans to save yourself a step. If you're going with the kidney bean method, drain half of the can's juice out while saving the other half. Pour the juice and beans into a bowl and prepare to smash.
Add 2 tbsp of your favorite salsa, a dash of cumin, salt, pepper and 1/2 pack of taco seasoning then start to smash away.
Now that our bean dip is ready to go we can gather the rest of our dip ingredients, it won't be long until our bowl is ready to go.
Now that our bowl has been on around 25-30 minutes it's looking pretty good. This would be a great time to pull the bowl off and slice some of the excess bacon from the top of the bowl. Reserve that bacon because it'll make a great layer for the dip. Once you're trimmed up you can put it on the grill for another 10-15 minutes to finish. You want the bacon to get a little dark, but not burned. Otherwise your bowl will be soft and not hold the dip well.
Now that you're staring at your bowl you're probably thinking to yourself, "Well this has spaces in it, how will it hold the dip in?". Don't worry. I've got it covered. Take your 3 slices of processed cheese slices and layer it around the inside of the bowl.
Now we can go ahead and assemble our layers. Let's start with a good amount of our bean mixture.
Now let's throw in some sour cream. The beans will spread out a bit around the sour cream as well so keep that in mind.
What would be better than tossing a ton of cheese all over the top of this?
This is looking incredible! Time to add our guacamole. Feel free to use store bought or home made, your choice!
It's almost game time. Now we can finish off with a little bit of sour cream and chop up the bacon you cut off and top the sour cream with it. Then it's time to dig in.
I can't begin the explain how amazing all of this tastes together. You should have seen the line at my house with people trying to get their hands on some. I guarantee this will be a game day hit, prepare for a stampede! Go Pokes! As always, we'd love to see your creations on our social media. Find Traeger grills on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @traegergrills