Bacon Guacamole Salsa

by Marla on August 24, 2010 · 59 comments

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Recipe for salsa with avocado and turkey bacon

I cannot believe summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school. Sounds like most of us have been busier than we ever could have imagined. “Down time” these days is filled with work and play but not so much relaxation. This guacamole salsa recipe is for the last week of Summer Fest. Hopefully it will help you unwind and taste all the flavors of the season. Creamy avocado mixed with ripe juicy tomatoes and smoky bacon. What more could you ask for?

Healthy, homemade salsa for the home chef.

The past 5 weeks it has been so fun to participate in this fun fest. I have met new friends and gotten to know some great blogs. Our recipe adventures have covered Corn, Zucchini, Stone Fruit, Herbs & this week Tomatoes. For me salsa is the best condiment, sauce & dip. That is probably why I chose it for two out of the five Summer Fest recipes I created.

Homemade guacamole salsa recipe

This salsa requires minimal effort. Collect your ingredients, chop and voila, your fresh guacamole salsa is ready. I went with nitrate free organic turkey bacon…..’cause that’s how I roll. Applegate Farms has a great line of organic nitrate free products. By the way looks like they just changed their logo, what do you guys think?

Telluride farmer's market organic cherry tomatoes

I picked up these juicy ripe tomatoes at the farmer’s market in Telluride. The colors of the hot peppers & tomatoes were breathtaking!

Farmer's market produce in downtown Telluride

My kids had so much fun playing photographers & food stylists. My daughter got all excited when she got the lighting right. I love watching them shine with creativity & giggle with joy.

Mise en place for guacamole salsa

It was hard to convince them to keep their hands off the bacon.

Guacamole salsa ingredients mise en place

My all time favorite meal is grilled salmon or trout with a heaping side of veggies, topped with large quantities of salsa. In Telluride I spoil us with Steelhead Trout regularly. The tomatoes, avocado & bacon accompany it perfectly.

healthy Summer dinner with grilled trout and asparagus

Tomato logo design by Matt Armendariz

Bacon Guacamole Salsa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 4 servings

Bacon Guacamole Salsa


  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 vine ripe Tomato, dice and remove seeds
  • 2-4 cloves diced roasted Garlic (I threw a head of garlic on a medium high grill for 10 minutes wrapped in foil)
  • 1/4 cup diced Green Onion
  • 4 slices Turkey Bacon, browned & sliced small (or your favorite Pork Bacon)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • season to taste with: Salt, Black Pepper, Smoked Paprika
  • Optional
  • for some heat and spice add some finely diced Serrano or Jalapéno pepper


  • Brown bacon in pan on medium high heat. Let cool. Clean and chop all veggies and bacon. Mix all ingredients together, combining well. Add avocado last so it doesn't get all mushy. Season to taste. Garnish with extra cilantro if desired.
  • Notes
  • Store briefly in an airtight container with plastic wrap firmly against the mixture so the avocado does not brown.

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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny Flake August 24, 2010 at 7:23 am

This is a beautiful recipe!! The shots of your kids w their iphones are hysterical! Love it! Hope you are having fun w Betty :) Talk soon!!


2 Angie August 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

What a great looking dinner, my hubby would love this, anything with bacon, and it’s his favorite!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet August 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

You know this is calling my name with the bacon!


4 Rosa August 24, 2010 at 8:42 am

What lovely colors and flavors! That salsa looks delicious.




5 Deliciously Organic August 24, 2010 at 9:04 am

This dish looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Love the shots from the market!


6 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 24, 2010 at 9:06 am

I will definitely try this out on some mahi mahi this week when I get my produce delivery. Avocado and tomatoes are both on the list!


7 FoodFitnessFreshair August 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

Those tomatoes certainly are breathtaking! I love all of the vibrant colors. Smart to get your kids using the camera already! So cute.


8 Alison August 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

This looks great and I love all of your pictures. I am so making this! Thanks for sharing!


9 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle August 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

Just love this salsa and also finding another food blogger in Colorado; think we are few and far between…nice to meet you!


10 Esi August 24, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’m loving the tomatoes this season. (well, I love them every summer). This is a great dish. I would surely ignore my avocado allergy for a bite of this.


11 Juliana August 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Wow, what a nice version of guacamole…with bacon…looks delicious on the salmon…great great photos :-)


12 the urban baker August 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm

mmmmm…bacon, avocado + salmon. one can’t go wrong!!!


13 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Gorgeous produce! I love bacon, tomato and avocado together- it’s a great combination to use with fish or with chips! (Your little photographers are so cute!)


14 Cooking with Coley August 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm

What a unique spin on guacamole. The saltiness of the bacon must complement the flavors so nicely!


15 Barbara @Modern Comfort Food August 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

“What more could [I] ask for?” Not much. This salsa looks totally wonderful, Marla. I’m not sure I would have had the courage to add bacon, but I’m so glad you did. We don’t get local salmon where I live, but this salsa would go so well with our local grouper, mahi-mahi, and mackerel!


16 Lynne @ CookandBeMerry August 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Your salmon and salsa look soooo delicious. I want to get my fork and take a big bite. And the next day, maybe put all the leftovers in a sandwich…salmon and salsa. I really like your photo.


17 Anna Johnston August 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Just as our winter is drawing to a close I’m reading about all these late summer recipes. I feel like I’ve won the lottery and have a great little stash of recipes building for the first of our spring & early summer vegetables starting to hit our fruit & veg stands. Thanks for this little number, its really colourful isn’t it.


18 Marla August 25, 2010 at 3:36 am

Anna, it is so fun to read how excited you are for Summer produce. It is neat that you can collect so many recipes to inspire you just in time for the new season.

Barbara, the bacon in this gives so much flavor. It adds a special dimension in texture, presentation and uniqueness in flavor. Don’t shy away…..go for it girl, I am sure you will be pleased! Your seafood selections sound wonderful.

Lynne, the sandwich as meal # 2 sounds like a great idea.


19 Mags August 25, 2010 at 4:24 am

Being the sucker for bacon that I am, of course I need to try this ASAP!


20 FOODESSA August 25, 2010 at 5:11 am

Marla…your two little adorable elves look like they’re ready for a blogging session. LOL.

I never put bacon in my guacamole…something for me to think about doing next time.

As usual…everything looks perfectly appetizing and gorgeous ;o)

Ciao for now,


21 Monica August 25, 2010 at 5:52 am

I’m a salsa girl, so this recipe is for me. This is the first time I’ve seen bacon in salsa. Brilliant addition. Your photography is stunning, too.


22 Angie's Recipes August 25, 2010 at 6:06 am

What a delightful meal! Your two kids are having fun with them too.


23 tasteofbeirut August 25, 2010 at 6:19 am

I loved all your shots of the food; but it is the photo of the little munchkins that tugged at my heart strings! Too cute! and you son holding a blackberry or a gameboy or something is too precious!
Love that salsa, so refreshing and the addition of bacon would have MY son running back home!


24 Marla August 25, 2010 at 7:05 am

Joumana, I know isn’t that hilarious! The kids actually have our old iPhones. The features are disabled, but they are able to play games and take photos! They had so much fun that day. Great memories all ready :)


25 Alison August 25, 2010 at 6:42 am

This recipe sounds delicious. And I love the “behind the scenes, with the kids”!


26 Sara August 25, 2010 at 7:27 am

Marla, love the Guaca -Salsa recipe! so fresh and love all of those wonderful tomatoes~love the fact that your kids are getting into the food styling, so cute! :)


27 Megan August 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

I LOVE the pictures of the kids helping! That is too cute!
The salsa looks wonderful and so does the salmon! Fun post!


28 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 25, 2010 at 11:18 am

Wow, Marla, this looks incredible and I LOVE that you put it on top of salmon – great choice! I remember having my first avocado and thinking I’d found the holy grail of healthy vegetables, haha! It may not be the healthiest, but it IS the most delicious! Thanks for this recipe, and for sharing those awesome photos with us!


29 Ranjani August 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

“Creamy avocado mixed with ripe juicy tomatoes and smoky bacon. What more could you ask for?”
I completely agree!


30 Cookin' Canuck August 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

You are my hero! This looks like a guacamole/salsa made just for me. Your photos are fantastic and I love that your little ones are right in there, snapping their own photos.


31 Faith August 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I love how your kids are little food stylists! Food bloggers in the making, perhaps? 😉 The salsa looks amazing. Turkey bacon, avocado, and tomato are a match made in heaven!


32 sweetlife August 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

great salsa… the kiddos…too cute



33 grace August 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe this. you’ve combined two individually fabulous things and you’ve done it magnificently!


34 Kelly Lester August 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I need. this. meal. NOW.
OMG – totally drooling here. It’s a good thing you can’t see me reaching for a napkin, lol. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful children always help too 😉 Printing this out for someone to make this for me for my bday dinner….


35 Louise Mellor August 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Knew that bacon look suspicious? Turkey… Love the photo shoot with the kids. I’m always scooting mine away- good idea to let them have a turn. Salsa looks delicious, creamy avocado and crunchy bacon- yum.


36 A Canadian Foodie August 26, 2010 at 9:46 am

I love the kiddies taking the pics. That is som lovely bacon – and what can I say? The bounty of the season is art, isn’t it. I could just sit at the market and marvel. The colours, the smells, the flavours: and tomatoes are my fav. This recipe looks TO-DIE-FOR!


37 theUngourmet August 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

It’s so fun when kids get excited about healthy foods too. Such cute photos! Your salsa looks crazy good. I cannot believe my husband doesn’t like avocado. He just doesn’t know what he’s missing!


38 sophia August 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

You know, this reminds me of the Avocado Fest…when I met YOU!

Love the bacon in there. You might recall that I actually don’t really like avocados, but hey, there’s bacon, and the sight of your kids playing food blogger made me smile.


39 kelly lester August 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

So I couldn’t wait for someone to make it for me, I broke down and made this amazing salsa myself! Bought some gorgeous salmon and baked it surrounded by broccoli and little finger potatoes. Then I smothered the salmon with your salsa and the family oohed and aahed for quite a while. A HIT!! We all say thanks for the great dinner Marla!


40 Marla August 29, 2010 at 4:59 am

Kelly: I am so happy you went for it & made this salsa by yourself!! It is so simple to prepare isn’t it? The meal is made in minutes and it tastes like it comes from a great restaurant.


41 The Duo Dishes August 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but there’s no reason to stop having salsa. It’s good anytime and with anything. The bacon is perfect. :)


42 Marla August 31, 2010 at 7:43 am

Duo Dishes: Agreed, there is never an end to having great salsa, it transcends seasons!


43 Lentil Breakdown September 14, 2010 at 11:44 am

Your tomato shot is absolutely breathtaking! I have given up bacon, but you’ve got me longing for it now.


44 Marla September 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Adair, you could go with guilt free/no nitrate, low fat turkey bacon & feel great after. Unless you are off the meat thing. If that is the case you could go with a meatless bacon “tofu” for flavor.


45 Alta September 17, 2010 at 7:13 am

This looks great!


46 Michelle September 19, 2010 at 4:18 am

I’d have a hard time keeping my fingers out of the bacon too. Hard to resist! This looks awesome.

Very sweet pics of your kiddos!


47 Mimi from California Avocados Direct May 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

Marla, thank you for posting this on Ben’s Birthday! The photos of your children remind me of our family when the children were small. They have always been involved in our avocado farm, and now carry it into the next generation with California Avocados Direct. Blogs like yours help inspire us to connect our family farm directly to the people who love premium avocados.


48 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I love how colorful it is! Cute pics of the kids playing photographers :)


49 Marla May 3, 2011 at 5:54 am

Rachel, we had so much fun that day! They love watching me style food and of course they can’t wait to eat it when I am done :)


50 Shaina May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

For the love of avocados, bacon. Bacon. This sounds fabulous, Marla!


51 Megan May 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I cant wait for Summer’s Tomatoes!


52 megan @ whatmegansmaking May 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

This sounds so good! I am totally in a salsa mood right now :)


53 Schmidty March 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

This is such a perfect blend of tastes! I made it and it we loved it!


54 Linda Taylor April 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

This sounds fabulous!! I cant wait to try it!


55 Christopher Sorel June 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

bacon make avacados better. I love to wrap avacados in bacon then grill them


56 heather October 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Okay I have never heard of this recipe and this sounds heavenly and one I must try and soon thank you so much for sharing this one.


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