Bacon-Wrapped Mexican Potatoes

Boy, crispy bacon… spicy Mexican chorizo sausage… cheese… I could actually just have these bacon-wrapped Mexican potatoes for dinner. By themselves. Nothing else. Just give me a platter of them and check on me in 15 minutes to see if I need more. They’re like grilled potato skins taken to a whole new level.

Bacon-Wrapped Mexican PotatoesI love the spicy kick from chorizo. But, if you don’t, you can easily change these potatoes up to be a little more mellow by making them Italian-style. Substitute crumbled cooked mild Italian sausage for the chorizo, mozzarella for the queso fresco, and sour cream for the crema. Excellent!

Also try my grilled volcano potatoes.

Bacon-Wrapped Mexican Potatoes

Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 potatoes

Ingredients

  • 20 small new red potatoes rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces Mexican chorizo
  • 1/2 cup shredded or crumbled Queso fresco
  • 10 pieces bacon halved
  • Toothpicks
  • Mexican crema or sour cream
  • Fresh chopped green onions or cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  • Brush potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until tender, 20-30 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking (you can also make these in the oven, so keep your oven going if you're going to cook these indoors).
  • Meanwhile, crumble the chorizo into a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until browned. Remove from heat. Note: You want to get the chorizo fairly well crumbled. If you are having trouble doing so, just let the cooked chorizo cool a bit then pulss a few times in a food processor.
  • Cut just enough of the bottom of each potato so that they can stand up straight. Then cut just enough off the top so you can scoop them out. Take a small mellon baller or spoon and spoon out the insides.
  • In a bowl combine the chorizo and cheese and spoon into each potato.
  • Wrap a halved piece of bacon around each potato and secure with a toothpick.
  • Place on the grill over indirect heat and cook until the bacon starts to crisp, about 20 minutes, or bake in the oven at 425 F.
  • Serve topped with a small dollop of Mexican crema or cream cheese and garnish with green onions or cilantro.

Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Very few things are as addicting as chorizo-stuffed Fritos made on the Char-Broil Big Easy. These little bite-sized snacks disappear in no time. As an added bonus, they are incredibly easy to make. You can fit a whole bunch of stuffed Fritos on the Big Easy, making it perfect for cooking for a crowd, if you have the available cooking rack.
Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big EasyJust about anything you put in the Fritos is going to taste great. I used Mexican chorizo because I love the spiciness that is brings to dishes, but ground breakfast sausage would also be fantastic.

Be careful when pulling these chorizo-stuffed Fritos off your Big Easy. In no time the chips get mighty hot, so use tongs or let them cool a bit first before handling and eating. You can also make these great Fritos on your grill.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need the 6-level cooking rack from Char-Broil to heat up a bunch of these treats at once.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Fritos Scoops chips grab 2 bags in case it's hard to find the perfectly-shaped chips
  • Cooked Mexican chorizo finely crumbled (Note: If you cannot crumble the sausage well enough, toss the slightly-cooled cooked chorizo into a food processor and pulse a few times)
  • Shredded cheese extra sharp cheddar or pepperjack work great!
  • 1 cup Ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons or more, to taste chopped chipotle peppers along with some of the adobo sauce
  • Green onions sliced thin, for garnish

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Open the bag of chips and place in a large bowl. Go through them and grab the biggest, best scooping chips you can find.
  • Combine the crumbled chorizo and cheese. Press lightly into the chips and transfer to the cooking rack.
  • Lower rack into the Big Easy and cook until the cheese is melted on all levels, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the rack and let cool slightly.
  • While the chips are cooling whisk together the dressing and chipotle with adobo.
  • Serve chips drizzled with the sauce and garnished with green onions.

Grilled Pork Chorizo Potato Skins

I’m a big fan of bar-style potato skins. You know the ones. Crispy skin, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions, and sour cream. But sometimes I want something just a bit different. Something with some kick to it, like these grilled pork chorizo potato skins. True, you can put Mexican chorizo (not to be confused with Spanish chorizo, which is a cured sausage, Mexican chorizo is a spicy ground pork product) on or in just about anything and I’m going to love it.
Grilled Pork Chorizo Potato SkinsPotato skins only take a few minutes to make, so I often toss them on the grill while I’m making burgers or hot dogs for a quick and easy appetizer or side dish. I also keep a bottle of hot sauce nearby in case I want them to be just a bit spicier. Why not?

Also try my grill-roasted herb potatoes.

Grilled Pork Chorizo Potato Skins

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup our pork chorizo mix or use crumbled cooked Mexican chorizo
  • 1 cup Queso blanco shredded
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Cut each potato lengthwise into four wedges. Don't make the wedges too thick. If you are using very large potatoes you might have a center portion leftover for other uses.
  • Using a spoon or melon baller, scrape out the potato insides, leaving 1/4" or so left.
  • Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 6-10 minutes or until tender.
  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Combine the butter and chipotle powder and brush on all sides of the potatoes.
  • Grill the potatoes, cut side down, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until they start to char.
  • Turn potatoes over and top with cheese. Grill another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with the bacon, green onions, and sour cream as desired.