5 from 31 votes

These baked avocados are stuffed with a rich bacon cheddar filling & baked to buttery, soft, savory perfection. This is a unique appetizer that's surprisingly delicious!

four baked and stuffed avocado halves on a cutting board.

Why You'll Love Baked Avocados

This one is a total "trust the process" kind of recipe - but, if you do, you're going to get a surprisingly delicious low-carb treat!

I first had these baked avocados years ago at a favorite local restaurant. I was determined to figure out the recipe. It ended up being really simple to make, with a 4-ingredient filling that works so well with the creaminess of the avocado.

Not only do these baked stuffed avocados have a fantastic savory flavor combo, but the texture combo is out-of-this-world. You'll have a crunchy cheese top, with a luscious filling and a fresh, savory element from the creamy baked avocado. This one is a total flavor party!

Ingredients

ingredients for baked avocados.

(See recipe card at the bottom of the post for full ingredient measurements.)

  • ripe avocados
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lime juice
  • mayonnaise
  • chili sauce
  • bacon
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Variations & Additions

  • By following this basic process for making stuffed avocados, you can change the flavor to suit your needs. Examples: use taco seasoning for a southwest-inspired dish or cajun seasoning for a creole flavor.
  • Use any protein you'd like - ground beef, chicken, or sausage all work well in this recipe.
  • Change up the cheese! Use pepper jack, Colby Jack, or parmesan cheese instead of cheddar.
  • Add a sprinkle of panko breadcrumbs to the top of the filling to give your avocados a little crunch.
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top of the filling for some heat.

More cheese, please! 🧀 Try my Cheesy Rotel Phyllo Cups and my Cheesy Crawfish Bread, too.

How to Ripen Avocados Quickly

wrapping avocados in aluminum foil.

Need to ripen an avocado quickly for this recipe? No problem!

Wrap your avocado in foil and place in a 200-degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove the avocado and allow it to cool completely before unwrapping the foil. Your avocado should be perfectly ripened (but might still be a little green on the outside).

How to Make Baked & Stuffed Avocados

Step 1: Prepare avocado halves.

avocados with some of the flesh scooped out on a cutting board.

Once the avocados are halved and pitted, use a spoon to hollow out a little bit more of the hole for the pit. Place the extra avocado flesh in a medium bowl and set aside.

Place pitted avocados cut-side up on a baking sheet or in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle liberally with lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Step 2: Prepare savory filling.

filling for stuffed avocado halves before stirring, in a bowl.

Into the extra avocado flesh, mix mayo, chili sauce, bacon, and cheese. Divide this mixture among the avocado halves.

Step 3: Bake avocados.

stuffed avocados on a baking sheet.

Bake avocados for 12-15 minutes at 425 degrees, until the filling is crispy on top and the avocado meat is just starting to get soft.

Leftovers & Storage

This is one recipe where I don't love saving leftovers. The leftover stuffed avocados just aren't as good after they're reheated. Try your best to use all of them at once!

If you do have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be enjoyed within 3-4 days of cooking. When you're ready to reheat your baked avocados, warm them in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

baked avocado halves on a cutting board.

More Expert Tips & Tricks

  • You'll want an avocado that's in that "sweet spot" of ripeness for this recipe. You don't want it firm, but you also don't want it to be mushy. The avocado should give way just a little when you squeeze it. (The method I mentioned above gets an unripe avocado to this ripeness!)
  • Make sure your oven is preheated when adding the avocados. This will ensure the top gets nice and crispy and your avocado doesn't overcook.

Stuffed Avocados FAQs

If your avocado is tough after baking, I recommend covering the avocado half with foil and baking for another 5-10 minutes.

You absolutely can - that's a great shortcut! I do recommend using the bagged real bacon pieces instead of bacon bits. If you go that route, use a 2.5-ounce bag in place of the bacon strips in the recipe.

You know how there's a creamy element to a raw avocado? Baking it really amplifies that creaminess and makes your avocado softer. When warm, avocado is super silky and the perfect complement to a savory filling.

I hope you guys enjoy this outside-of-the-box side dish - it's a flavor winner! 🏆 If you love these baked stuffed avocados as much as I do, make sure to leave a rating and review ⭐️ in the comments below.

four baked and stuffed avocado halves on a cutting board.

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Baked Avocados

These baked avocados are stuffed with a rich bacon cheddar filling & baked to soft, savory perfection. This is a unique appetizer that's surprisingly delicious!
5 from 31 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 414 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ripe avocados halved and pitted
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 limes juiced
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 5-6 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Once the avocados are halved and pitted, use a spoon to hollow out a little bit more of the hole for the pit. Place the extra avocado flesh in a medium bowl.
  • Place pitted avocados cut-side up on a baking sheet or in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle with lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Into the extra avocado meat, mix mayo, chili sauce, bacon, and cheese. Divide this mixture among the avocado halves.
  • Bake avocados for 12-15 minutes at 425 degrees, until the filling is crispy on top and the avocado meat is just starting to get soft.

Notes

  • You'll want an avocado that's in that "sweet spot" of ripeness for this recipe. You don't want it firm, but you also don't want it to be mushy. The avocado should give way just a little when you squeeze it. (The method I mentioned above gets an unripe avocado to this ripeness!)
  • Make sure your oven is preheated when adding the avocados. This will ensure the top gets nice and crispy and your avocado doesn't overcook.
  • This is one recipe where I don't love saving leftovers. The leftover stuffed avocados just aren't as good after they're reheated. Try your best to use all of them at once!
  • If you do have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be enjoyed within 3-4 days of cooking. When you're ready to reheat your baked avocados, warm them in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 414kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 9gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 398mgPotassium: 609mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 392IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. Could sour cream or greek yogurt be used instead of mayonnaise?