Spiced Mayan Bacon

These sweet and spicy bacon skewers are absolutely irresistible, so you better make a double batch. They go fast!


  • 1 package (20 oz) Kentucky Legend Bacon
  • 2 cups (500 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) shortening
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) pepitas


Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Weave bacon onto wooden skewers; arrange on foil-lined baking sheet fitted with wire rack. Bake, turning once, for 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate; let cool completely.

In microwavable bowl, combine chocolate and shortening; microwave on High, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until smooth. Stir in chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne until well combined.

Position bacon skewers over melted chocolate mixture; drizzle chocolate mixture over bacon, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Transfer to parchment paper–lined tray. Sprinkle with pepitas. Let stand until set.

Tip: Garnish with a variety of items, such as chopped dried apricots, candied ginger, toasted coconut, chopped pecans or crushed peanuts.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Per 1/12 of recipe
Calories 260
Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 280mg
Carbohydrate 19g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 15g
Protein 8g
prep time
15 MIN
total time
40 MIN