Piri Piri Candied Bacon With Cheese

Piri piri candied bacon with cheese will send your favorite meat and spice lovers crazy. This is one decadent dish: creamy, sweet, spicy, salty, rich, meaty, and smooth. I could keep going with adjectives to describe this recipe but the one word to sum it up – irresistible.

This is an excellent appetizer (or dessert!) to serve with crusty bread or sliced fruit. You can choose your favorite soft cheese.  Camembert works very well. Choose a cheese round which is about three to four inches wide.  If you use a larger cheese double up the bacon quantity and bake the cheese a little longer so it is fully melted through.

Piri Piri Candied Bacon with Cheese

The piri piri pepper (also known as the malagueta pepper) can be pretty hot – 50,000 to 100,000 Scoville heat units. At its hottest, it touches the floor of habanero level heat (and its floor is a very hot cayenne pepper), so this is no mild recipe. If the heat is a concern (or the piri piri is tough to source), you can opt for a milder chili. We’d recommend sticking with a red pepper, though, as the color works so well with the bacon. Try red jalapeƱos, red serranos, or Fresno peppers as subs.

Like the idea of spicy bacon or sweet heat? Then you must take a look at some of these additional delicious options from our spicy recipe index. Cowboy candy (candied jalapeƱos), for instance, is another sweet and spicy treat that pairs well with cheese. If you want a bacon fix that’s more breakfast-ready, check out this sweet and spicy bacon recipe. It makes breakfast much more memorable. And if you’re just looking for a simple drizzler for an appetizer or dessert, this homemade spicy honey recipe is a definite go-to.

Piri Piri Candied Bacon with Cheese

Piri Piri Candied Bacon with Cheese

A decadent spicy appetizer or dessert
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 4 servings
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1 round camembert or your favorite cheese
  • 8 slices smoked bacon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 piri piri chilies
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar


Make the Topping

  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the bacon into small squares.
  • Place a small frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the bacon to the frying pan and stir to prevent sticking.
  • Remove the seeds from the chilies. Finely chop the chilies and then add them to the bacon.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add the sugar and vinegar to the pan and stir continuously to prevent burning.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook until sticky and all of the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the black pepper and stir one more time.

Bake the Topping and Cheese

  • Cover a baking tray with aluminum foil and place the cheese onto the tray.
  • Top the cheese with the candied bacon and place it into the middle of the preheated oven.
  • Cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is soft and warm inside.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 24gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1000mgPotassium: 429mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 786IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 241mgIron: 1mg


Keyword Piri Piri
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 3, 2021 to include new content.
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When do you add the vinegar????