Bacon aioli is the perfect dip for dipping veggies, crackers, fries, or using as a spread on your sandwiches! This delicious creamy dip is made with bacon pieces, mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice. Let me show you how to make it in less than 10 minutes.
Bacon aioli recipe
If you're looking for an easy dip recipe that will be a hit with your family or guests, look no further than bacon aioli. This mayonnaise-based bacon bits sauce is simple and quick to prepare, taking less than 10 minutes.
If you are a bacon lover, I bet we can agree on the fact that there is a place for bacon on everything! Bacon is no longer a breakfast-only food, it is versatile and makes a delicious accompaniment to your dips too! You can easily double or triple the recipe and use as your heat desired.
What is aioli
Aioli is a garlic mayonnaise sauce that is popular in Provencial, Italy, and Catalan (The Mediterranean), It is an emulsion of olive oil, egg yolk, garlic, and lemon juice. Basically, it is garlicky mayonnaise with a runnier texture than regular mayo. Aïoli means garlic and oil in French. It is often used as a condiment with crudités or used as a spread in burgers and sandwiches, often paired with cooked meats.
Why you will love this recipe
It’s got bacon, garlic, and mayo. What’s not to love? Not only is this bacon aioli delicious, but it’s extremely easy to make and can be done in less than 10 minutes using the ingredients you have on hand.
Since this is a cheat recipe, there is no need to make your own aioli from scratch but I do recommend you use freshly cooked bacon for a better-tasting baconnaise. You can cook the bacon in the microwave, oven, or air fryer. Make sure it is crispy!
Now you have a reason to put your leftover bacon to good use! This bacon aioli is perfect for dipping, spreading, or as a delicious condiment on your favorite sandwich. It can be easily customized to taste, you can add other spices or herbs to make it yours.
Mayonnaise: a high-quality mayonnaise will really take this dip to the next level (or you can use homemade if you have it on hand!)
Lemon juice: the acidity of the lemon juice will cut through the fats from the mayonnaise and the bacon and balance out the flavors.
Minced garlic: garlic is the key ingredient to aioli – without it, it’s just a bacon-mayo dip.
Bacon: your favorite kind of bacon (smoked or unsmoked), cooked until crispy and crumbled to make bacon bits.
Salt and black pepper: this is optional, only add it if you feel your dip needs it, remember that bacon is already salty.
How to make bacon aioli
Start by cooking the bacon until crisp. I like to cook mine in the air fryer but you can also cook it in the microwave or oven. Once the bacon is cooked, let it cool before chopping it into small pieces.
Next, In a mixing bowl, combine your mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice and bacon bits, and whisk until well combined.
Stir in the bacon pieces, taste the dip and adjust the seasoning with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to personal preference. Keep refrigerated for at least 30 minutes or until needed for the flavors to meld.
How to store
Bacon aioli will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container
Use the air fryer to save on time and mess: the air fryer is a great tool for cooking and crisping meats like bacon and makes the dish even easier by not having to watch over it all the time. While the bacon air fries, you can multitask and prepare the aioli in a separate bowl.
Use bacon lardons instead of bacon strips if you can’t crumble the bacon or prefer thicker and more evenly sized bacon bits in the dip.
Swap the full-fat mayonnaise for a low-fat version but still, make sure it is a quality one.
How to use bacon aioli
Bacon aioli is very versatile and goes with any savory snack you have on hand, here are some of my favorites
Crudités: chop and slice some carrots, cucumber, and celery and use this bacon garlic mayonnaise dip as a cheeky yet still healthy snack!
As a burger or sandwich spread: baconnaise is one of those spreads that just makes whatever sandwich or burger you add it to a million times better. It goes great with beef and chicken burgers on a sunny BBQ day! You can even use it as a spread on your crostini or as a spread for your tortilla wrap.
As a dip for chicken wings: check out our air-fried whole chicken wings and potato wedges recipe and pair them with the delicious bacon aioli you’ve just made!
How to store
Bacon aioli can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. I don't recommend freezing this dip.
- ¾ cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ Tablespoon minced garlic
- ⅓ cup bacon pieces
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Start by cooking the bacon until crisp. Once the bacon is cooked, let it cool before chopping it into small pieces.
- Next, In a mixing bowl, combine your mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, and bacon pieces, and whisk until well combined.
- Stir in the bacon pieces, taste the dip and adjust the seasoning with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to personal preference. Keep refrigerated for at least 30 minutes or until needed for the flavors to meld. Enjoy
Is Aioli vegan
Traditionally speaking, aioli is not vegan because it uses egg yolks. However, it can definitely be made vegan, simply by using vegan mayonnaise from the store or homemade, and blended or mixed with minced garlic!
What does aioli taste like
Aioli’s most prominent taste is garlic. It tastes just like mayonnaise and has a creamy, fatty, lingering taste with the addition of the savory and punchy garlic.
Can I use roasted garlic instead of fresh garlic?
Absolutely! Using roasted garlic will give the aioli a more subtle, rounded, and sweeter flavor, without the punchiness of fresh garlic.
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I hope you enjoy this creamy bacon aioli recipe! If you try it out, please let me know in the comments below how it turns out for you. Tag us @cravingsmallbites on Instagram and save away to your Pinterest. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them as well. I’d be happy to help!
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