BACONuts from Zestuous

Does hosting a party stress you out? Here are my two rules to starting a party off right: 1) Give ‘em a drink early, and 2) Give ‘em bacon!

BACONuts from Zestuous

You want your guests happy and wowed right up front. You want your guests mingling. Pass around a platter of sweet, crunchy, BACONuts and problem solved. They’ll all be talking about this appetizer and looking for seconds. Everything else you serve will just be icing on the cake.

BACONuts from Zestuous

People worldwide are infatuated with bacon, so when Saucy Mama announced it as the first secret ingredient in the Sliced recipe contest, I knew this dish was going to be a party pleaser. As a contestant, I have to make an appetizer using bacon and one of their delectable mustards: Hatch Chili, Creamy Garlic or Dill.

While each flavor is great in its unique way, this recipe screamed for Hatch chiles. I have a special love for Hatch chiles. They’re grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico and the harvest is celebrated each fall with an esteemed festival.

BACONuts from Zestuous

Saucy Mama has bottled this goodness up with a twist of mustard. Using it in this appetizer gives the bacon and nuts an added flavor that you just can’t get from chili powder alone.

BACONuts from Zestuous
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Servings: 28 mini cups


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Hatch Chili Mustard
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 4 cups mixed nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Chop the bacon.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Spread the mixture onto a foil-lined pan.
  • Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 18 minutes. Remove from oven and spread onto a sheet of wax paper to cool.
  • Serve in muffin liners.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Christie Vanover

About Zestuous

Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. I just found u’r site & this recipe looks amazing & want to make it tomorrow for friends. What can I use in place of the specific mustard or what would be close to the same?

  2. Love, love this recipe! Bacon candied nuts is one of my favorite things in the world, so adding in the mustard is the just a genius step! Thanks for sharing all our posts too! Best of luck!