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With crisp bacon and juicy tomatoes, this BLT stuffed avocado has all the best parts of the sandwich, with a boost of healthy fats and fiber — minus the bread! Similar to an avocado baked egg and BLT salad, we’re filling the avocado shell with protein and toppings to make this dish a filling meal. This is one of my favorite avocado keto recipes, but I also have 10 more stuffed avocado recipes loaded with delicious toppings below.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for stuffed avocados, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Avocados – Make sure they are ripe, so that they can mash easily.
- Bacon – This recipe will cook it in a pan on the stovetop, but you can cook bacon in the oven or microwave bacon to save on splatters and time.
- Grape Tomatoes – You can also use cherry tomatoes, or any tomato you prefer. For larger ones, seed them and chop.
- Romaine Lettuce – This is the most classic lettuce for BLT flavor, but feel free to substitute a different lettuce or really any greens.
- Lime Juice – Freshens up the flavor and keeps avocado from turning brown. Squeeze it fresh for best flavor, or use bottled for convenience.
- Spices – Garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
For stuffed avocado recipes with other fillings, see the variations below!
How To Make Stuffed Avocado
This section shows how to make BLT stuffed avocado (but the same technique applies for all kinds of stuffed avocado recipes), with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Cook bacon. Place bacon in a cold skillet and heat on medium low heat. Cook, flipping occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
- Prep avocado. Halve avocados and remove pits. Scoop some (not all) flesh out and transfer to a bowl.
- Mash. Mash avocado with lime juice and spices.
- Add fillings. Stir in tomatoes, lettuce, and chopped bacon.
- Stuff. Add stuffing to avocado halves and serve.
10 More Stuffed Avocado Recipes (Variations)
Want to change it up? Try these variations of stuffed avocado recipes. For all of them, you’ll use the same process of using half of the avocado flesh in the filling and serve inside the shells.
- Crab – Stuff the avocado halves with cold crab dip or crab salad. Top with chives.
- Shrimp – Cooked shrimp (either grilled shrimp or sauteed shrimp works great!), diced tomatoes, bell peppers, chives, and a drizzle of spicy mayo.
- Egg – You can make baked avocado eggs for breakfast, or spoon egg salad (made with mayonnaise and the classic add-ins) into the avocado for lunch. Drizzle with hot sauce for some heat.
- Caprese – Search “Caprese stuffed avocado” in the Wholesome Yum app on iPhone or Android.
- Chicken – Chicken salad is the easiest option for lunch. (Try classic chicken salad, avocado chicken salad, or Mediterranean chicken salad.) You could also sub the chicken with shrimp to make a shrimp salad. If you prefer a heartier warm version, stuff your avocado with warm diced chicken breast and cooked vegetables, top with cheese, and bake until melted.
- Tuna – Avocado tuna salad (made with tuna, avocado, lime juice, red onion, celery, jalapenos, and cilantro) is my favorite for making tuna stuffed avocados, but tuna egg salad or regular tuna salad works great, too.
- Taco – Taco stuffed avocado with ground beef taco meat and taco seasoning is one of the keto avocado recipes in my Easy Keto Cookbook! Top it with sour cream for extra richness.
- Slaw – Stuffing avocados with coleslaw makes an easy vegetarian option. Try regular coleslaw, or for a twist, use cilantro lime slaw. Alternatively, mix slaw with pulled pork before adding to the avocado halves.
- Mediterranean – Chicken or shrimp, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, sliced olives, crumbled feta cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Chickpeas also work well here, but be aware chickpeas are not keto friendly, though still considered healthy for most other diets.
- Salsa – Chunky salsas make a great flavor pairing for avocados; there’s a reason the fruit is a common ingredient in many salsa recipes! Try classic pico de gallo or (not low carb but still healthy) pineapple salsa.
How To Eat Stuffed Avocado?
The best way to eat stuffed avocado recipes is to use a spoon. Simply scoop out bites that include some of the filling and some of the outer edge of the avocado.
- Store: Stuffed avocado recipes are best fresh, so I don’t recommend storing them for later. Because avocados brown fairly quickly once they are cut open, it’s best to make them right before serving. You can prep all of the filling ingredients ahead of time, though. If you do have leftovers, drizzle the avocado with extra lime juice to reduce browning and store in the fridge for a day or 2.
- Meal prep: Prepare bacon and slice all other vegetables. Halve avocados and mash right before serving.
- Freeze: You can freeze avocados, but they are best enjoyed afterward as part of a recipe rather than plain. I don’t recommend freezing stuffed ones, as the texture of the avocado flesh and most filling options won’t be good after thawing.
More Avocado Lunch Recipes
In addition to my huge library of healthy and keto avocado recipes, try these easy ones for a quick meal:
Stuffed Avocado Recipes
BLT Stuffed Avocado
This BLT stuffed avocado makes a perfect healthy lunch! Learn how to make it in minutes, along with 10 more easy stuffed avocado recipes.
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Place bacon onto a skillet while the skillet is still cold. Cook the bacon over medium heat, flipping occasionally, for about 5-6 minutes, until crispy. Drain on paper towels (it will crisp up more as it cools).
Meanwhile, slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop half of the flesh out of each avocado half (leave half undisturbed) and transfer to a bowl.
Add the lime juice, garlic, powder, and sea salt to the avocado. Mash with a fork. Adjust seasonings to taste if desired.
Fold in the grape tomatoes and lettuce.
When the bacon slices are cool enough to handle, chop them up and add them to the bowl.
Scoop the mixture back into the avocado halves. If desired, add fresh cracked pepper on top.
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Serving size: 2 avocado halves with filling
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