Chorizo-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Roasted Pepper Sauce

One of the things we miss the most about Chicago is dinners with our friends. It could be grilling green chili cheese burgers and sipping Aperol spritzes on the rooftop or going out to eat in the city.

Finish your bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates with roasted bell pepper sauce

One of our favorite local spots in River North was Avec. It’s casual and fun, and you can try all kinds of different bites to share with your table. From time to time, we crave Avec’s chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates. Who wouldn’t? If you live in Chicago, you can pick some up at Publican Quality Meats. For those of us who live outside of the Chicago, try our version of the recipe. We also love using mergez sausage. It’s pretty amazing!

Once you stuff your dates with chorizo then wrap them in bacon like aver in chicago
Chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped dates are great anytime of the year for bbq or in the winter

To make the sauce, we prefer to use a food mill (we like this one), but you could also use an immersion blender. We also use our food mill for other recipes like our yellow pepper soup and potato croquettes. It’s one of the tools in the kitchen that gets a lot of use. We love using this oval baker to cook and serve the dates. It retains the heat and makes for a great presentation.

Try The Taste SF's chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped date with roasted pepper sauce similar to what they make at avec in chicago

Chorizo-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Roasted Pepper Sauce
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers, peeled and chopped*
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 onion, medium dice
  • Heavy pour of olive oil
  • 1 24-ounce jar of tomato puree
  • Generous pinch smoked pimenton
  • Salt
  • 12 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 6 slices, Bacon
  • 2 chorizo sausages
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley, chiffonade
  1. In a large saucepan, add a heavy pour of olive oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan) and put it over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and cook over medium heat until they soften, but don’t let them brown. Add the diced pepper, the tomato puree, and a generous pinch of smoked pimenton. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-25 minutes, stirring and checking it often, until the mixture starts to reduce and thicken. Once it’s reduced by about half and not watery at all, season to taste with salt (don’t add too much salt up front since it will get saltier the more it reduces).
  2. Run the mixture through the finest setting on a food mill and finish with salt to taste. If you don’t have a food mill, you could pulse it in a blender or food processor but don’t puree it too much.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stuff each date with about a tablespoon of the chorizo. Cut the pieces of bacon in half. Wrap each stuffed date with a half-slice of bacon so that the start and end of the bacon is on the bottom. You wont need to add a toothpick because the date will hold the bacon in place. Set the dates on a sheet pan. Cook in the center of the oven until the chorizo and bacon is fully cooked but not browned, about 15-20 minutes (you will put them back into the oven).
  4. Turn on the broiler to high. Add enough sauce to cover the bottom of an oven-proof baker. Set the cooked dates into the sauce. Add the baker back into the oven for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully so they brown but don’t burn. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with parsley on top and serve with some bread to soak up the extra sauce.
*Roast the bell peppers on a grill, turning frequently until they are blackened and blistered all around. Allow to cool. Peel, seed, and cut into medium dice. You can also use jarred peppers, but we wanted the extra flavor from the grill, especially since the Avec dates are finished in a wood oven.


    1. Good question! According to a butcher at Publican Quality Meats, you’ll want to use the “Avec Chorizo” or a Mexican-style chorizo, the uncooked kind. You want a chorizo that is focused on the smoked paprika and cumin flavors. We’ve used chorizo from Sunshine Market in St. Helena, CA and Merguez from Olivier’s.

      1. Awesome! That is the easiest to find in California- when something calls for Spanish Chorizo I’m always stumped as to where to go!

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