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15 Best Side Dishes with Bacon

With this collection of the 15 best side dishes with bacon, you can add hearty flavor to every meal. I love discovering new ways to incorporate the tasty flavor of bacon into classic and new dishes.

Perfect accompaniments for your favorite suppers, Thanksgiving or holiday dinners, these tasty bacon sides will round out any meal and have people coming back for seconds…. and possibly thirds!

Be sure to check out our collection of 33 bacon wrapped recipes for more tasty side dish ideas.

Bacon Sides for Every Occasion

This roundup includes vegetable side dishes with bacon, luscious potato recipes, the best Cowboy Baked Beans ever, a bacon cornbread stuffing that’s perfect paired with roasted turkey, creamy deviled eggs, savory squash, bacon cole slaw and more flavorful favorites.

Bacon and Brussel Sprouts

cast iron skillet filled with cooked Brussel sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic
This easy Brussel sprouts recipe features lightly steamed sprouts finished in a hot skillet with crispy bacon that caramelizes the sprouts and brings out their nutty flavor. Minced garlic and a splash of zingy Balsamic vinegar complete the dish.
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Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash

Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash features flavorful butternut squash sautéed in bacon drippings with fresh garlic and red peppers, and oven-roasted to tender perfection.
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Best Bacon Green Bean Casserole

close up of bacon green bean casserole with serving spooon
This easy recipe combines perfectly cooked tender green beans, golden brown caramelized onions, a creamy homemade sauce with garlic and Parmesan cheese, and plenty of tasty, crispy BACON!
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Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Bacon

Loaded Mashed Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food recipe. This homemade casserole is extra indulgent with cheese, bacon and sour cream.
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Bacon Parmesan Cornbread Stuffing

Bacon Parmesan Cornbread Stuffing is a Southern-style cornbread stuffing recipe packed with bacon, herbs, and delicious aromatics.
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Fried Cabbage with Bacon

White oval dish filled with bacon fried cabbage
Tender cabbage is quick-fried with savory bacon and garlic for an easy side dish with irresistible flavor!
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Best Deviled Eggs with Bacon

four deviled eggs with bacon on a wooden background
These crowd-pleasing deviled eggs have a creamy filling with just a hint of mustard and curry. Homemade bacon bits on top provide the perfect crispy crunch!
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Smoked Baked Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar

Smoked baked beans with bacon and brown sugar in a cast iron skillet.
This classic recipe features tender beans, crispy bacon, brown sugar, molasses, jalapenos, onions and seasonings. Hearty enough to be served as a main dish, these tasty beans are slow cooked in a cast iron skillet until the sauce thickens and they absorb all the smoky flavor.
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Warm Bacon Coleslaw

Warm Bacon Coleslaw is a quick and easy side dish. Crispy bacon, cabbage, and shredded carrots are tossed with a warm mustard vinaigrette.
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Cheddar Bacon Creamed Corn

Cheddar Bacon Creamed Corn is a simple side homemade cheese creamed corn recipe perfect for a BBQ or Southern soul food. Bonus? It’s gluten free, too!
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Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

Bacon and egg potato salad goes great with burgers or hot dogs at your next cookout. Picnic potatoes with mustard and celery make the best Southern potato salad.
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Baked Asparagus with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

Asparagus spears on a white platter, topped with crumbled bacon, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, garnished with six lemon wedges.
Tender asparagus is drizzled with bacon drippings and baked with a topping of crumbled bacon, toasted bread crumbs and shredded Parmesan cheese.
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Loaded Hash Brown Casserole

Loaded Hash Brown Casserole tastes just like a baked potato with all your favorite toppings! Its cheesy, bacon-filled goodness is the perfect side dish for your next party, brunch or holiday gathering.
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Creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese

Homemade stovetop creamy bacon mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food! You'll love the tender macaroni topped with creamy, cheesy sauce and crunchy bacon.
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Easy Southern Butter Beans with Bacon

Southern Butter Beans are a creamy side dish made even better with the addition of smoky bacon, heavy cream, and spices that add a touch of heat.
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More Bacon Recipes to Try

If you’re a bacon lover, you might enjoy these other bacon recipes that feature our favorite, flavorful savory meat:

15 Best Redskin Potato Salad Recipes with Bacon – perfect for cookouts, BBQs and picnics!

Best Bacon Weave Meatloaf – oven baked, glazed with BBQ sauce and sooo good!

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Corn – steamed, wrapped in foil and finished on the grill.

Parmesan Bacon Crackers – the perfect tailgating or game day snack!

Mini BLT Sliders – all the flavors of your favorite BLT sandwich, on a tiny skewer.

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon – This classic German potato salad recipe features tender potatoes, sweet onions and a full pound of bacon!

Maple Candied Bacon – our #1 most popular recipe, featuring slow-cooked bacon finished with a peppery maple syrup glaze.

Featured Blogs

We’re grateful to these wonderful food bloggers, who graciously gave us permission to share their scrumptious side dish recipes with you:

On Ty’s Plate – Bacon Butternut Squash Recipe and Bacon Stuffing Recipe

Simply Stacie – Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Culinary Ginger – Bacon Cole Slaw Recipe

Three Olives Branch – Creamed Corn with Bacon Recipe

Garlic & Zest – Bacon Potato Salad Recipe

Quiche My Grits – Hash Brown Casserole with Bacon Recipe

Recipes From a Pantry – Bacon Butter Beans Recipe

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Enjoy! And be sure to let us know if you have any favorite side dish recipes we should try.

~Your friends at BENSA

eliza cross

About Eliza & BENSA

BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

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