Crispy Homemade Bacon Bits
Best Homemade Bacon Bits Recipe
How to Make Bacon Bits from Frozen Bacon in 5 Minutes
The BEST homemade bacon bits recipe for perfectly crispy bacon crumbles at home! Ditch the artificial store-bought version and whip up some REAL bacon bits instead. They’re far more flavorful, with a crispier texture, and they couldn’t be easier to make. Learn how to make bacon bits from frozen bacon in 5 minutes—just chop, sizzle, and enjoy!
Rather than cooking bacon and then crumbling it, this recipe starts with raw frozen bacon that gets chopped into bits. In its frozen form, the raw bacon is easier to manage and cut. And, after just a few minutes in a hot pan, your homemade bacon bits will cook to crispy perfection! Enjoyed fresh or stored for later, they’ll make any meal extra rich and delicious.
The beauty of making these at home is that you can make truly crispy bacon bits with the texture that you enjoy. Or, undercook them a bit if you prefer a softer texture. Whether you’re crumbling a single slice or a whole pack of bacon, you can use the same method described below. If you’re a bona fide bacon lover, now’s the time to learn how to make bacon bits on the stove!
What are bacon bits used for?
Much like bacon itself, bacon bits are delicious added to just about anything. They’re commonly enjoyed as a toping on salads, soups, pizza, baked potatoes, and more! Personally, I made these homemade bacon bits to use in my chicken bacon cheddar dip for a game day snack.
How do they make bacon bits?
Bacon bits are a common packaged item in grocery stores, either sold as a seasoning or a salad topping. But, many of these products contain harmful additives and preservatives—even the brands selling “real bacon bits.” Plus, some brands of bacon bits are made of soy and don’t contain any bacon at all! Instead, this homemade bacon bits recipe uses real bacon and nothing else.
How do you cut raw bacon into bits?
In my experience, the easiest way to cut raw bacon into bits is to chop frozen bacon. If you have a packet of fresh bacon, I recommend freezing it first—it’ll be much easier to chop! Simply allow the frozen bacon to thaw 10 minutes at room temperature, then remove the whole stack from the package. Slice horizontally to create ~¼-inch thick strips, and your bacon bits are ready to cook!
How to Make Homemade Bacon Bits
- Chop frozen bacon horizontally into ¼-inch thick strips.
- Add bacon crumbles to a hot pan and cook 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly. They will separate and shrink as they cook.
- When crisp, remove homemade bacon bits with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
How to Store Homemade Bacon Bits
- Allow crispy bacon bits to cool completely.
- Transfer to an airtight jar or container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
- Or, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 1 month.
How much bacon bits equal a slice of bacon?
Generally, 1 slice of bacon will crumble into about 1 Tbsp of homemade bacon bits. So, using my 10-oz pack of bacon with 10 slices, I made around ⅔ cup of bacon crumbles. This method for how to make bacon bits uses an entire package of bacon, but you can also use the same process to chop and cook just 1 or a few slices of bacon at a time!
What can you eat bacon bits with?
Again, you can enjoy your crispy bacon bits with any dish that you like to pair bacon with! Or, sprinkle them into a dip or baked good to add some rich, savory goodness. Here are a few ideas:
- Baked potato or stuffed sweet potato
- Mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash
- Guacamole or queso
- Chicken bacon cheddar dip
- Mac and cheese or spaghetti
- Cornbread or baked hush puppies
- Grilled corn
See how to make bacon bits on the stove in my Super Bowl Party Food video!
Homemade Bacon Bits Recipe
- 10 oz frozen bacon, (1 pack)
- Allow package of frozen bacon to thaw on the counter for ~10 minutes.
- Remove bacon from package, keeping the frozen slices stacked like they were in the package. Slice entire pack of bacon horizontally into long, thin strips—about ¼ inch wide.
- Heat a pan over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and cook for 5-6 minutes, allowing them to separate as they cook. Stir regularly.
- When crisp, remove cooked bacon bits from pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain.
- Yields ~⅔ cup bacon bits.