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Tabasco Appetizers

A little Tabasco® is the secret to delicious party food. It’s the key ingredient that makes these holiday party recipes, batter dipped bacon and a great queso dip, extra smoky and flavorful.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizers, tabasco
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 403kcal



  • 1 lb Velveeta cut into cubes
  • 4 oz cream cheese cut in cubes
  • 16 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 2-3 tbsp Tabasco Chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives optional


  • 1 lb bacon don't use thick cut
  • 1 cup oil for frying


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Follow photos for queso dip instructions


  • Heat 1-2-inches of oil in a deep pot (I use a dutch oven) or electric deep fryer to 375 degrees F. If using an electric deep fryer, please follow *all* manufacturer instructions on use.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper and baking soda. Add only enough water to make a very thick batter (this was 1 1/2 cups for me, but this is dependent on atmospheric conditions, so your amount may vary). Add the Tabasco Chipotle and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • Cut each slice of bacon in half so you have 2 short pieces.
  • Dip bacon pieces into batter, letting excess batter drip back into the bowl.
  • Place in hot oil (don't overcrowd the pan--fry in small batches so the battered bacon has plenty of room to move around. Fry about 4-6 pieces at a time). Fry a total of 10 minutes, turning each slice once midway in the cooking time.
  • Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Bacon may be kept warm in a 200 degree F oven while frying additional batches.


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1585mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 697IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 2mg