40 recipes that use bacon to take dishes to another level

There's a lot to love about bacon, from its crispy texture to its salty flavor. So, while eating it on its own is always highly enjoyable, we can't help but find new ways to incorporate the cured meat into all of our meals.

Here we've rounded up breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes using bacon to take your taste buds from a simple "yum" to "WOAH!" There's a little something for everyone, from bacon-wrapped shrimp and caramelized onion bacon dip to bacon tacos and bacon-packed breakfast casserole

A little tip to keep in mind when cooking bacon: You should never cook it straight out of the fridge. The fat holds onto the chill a little longer than the actual meat, so to cook it more evenly, you should let it sit at room temperature for just a bit before tossing it on the stove or in the oven. 

Check out 40 of our favorite recipes using bacon in the slideshow below and if you associate bacon with breakfast and are now craving that too (sorry, not sorry), you can check out some delicious breakfast recipes here.

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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce by Food & Wine

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Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip by Best Bites

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Double-Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce and Bacon by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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Bacon Burgers with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce by Food & Wine

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Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels by Pillsbury

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Bacon Jalapeño Sausage Pizza with Sriracha Sauce by Drool-Worthy | Sarah Mason

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The Bacon Jammy by Grilled Cheese Social | Mackenzie Smith

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Bacon Wrapped Cherry Merlot Pork Tenderloin by Melanie Makes | Melanie Bauer

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Maple-Bacon Marshmallows by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs by Food & Wine

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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings with Sriracha Mayo Sauce by Grilling 24x7 | John Thomas

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Bacon and Cheese Potato Nachos by Oh, Bite It | Amy Erickson

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Lobster BLT by Best Bites

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Bourbon Bacon Pancakes by Girl Versus Dough | Stephanie Wise

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Bacon-Wrapped Cherry Peppers by Food & Wine

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Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Bacon Hollandaise by Domestic Fits | Jackie Dodd

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Taleggio Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Honey Crisp Apples by Anne Burrell

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Bacon, Ranch and Sour Cream Dip Ring by Best Bites

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Apple Cheddar Bacon Breakfast Strata by Make It Like a Man | Jeff Kleinsorge

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Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs by Best Bites

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Bacon Gouda Breakfast Sandwiches by The Little Kitchen

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Orecchiette with Bacon, Black-Eyed Peas and Spinach by Food & Wine

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Bacon Beef Sliders by Best Bites 

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Warm Yellow Wax Beans in Bacon Vinaigrette by Food & Wine

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Skinny Spinach Bacon Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Boats by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Cheese 'N Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Bacon and Chive Cream Cheese 'Schmear' and Bagels by Have Her Over For Dinner

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Bacon, Cheese and Jalapeño Tacos by Food & Wine 

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Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Bacon Burgers on Brioche Buns by Food & Wine

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Frittata with Bacon, Fresh Ricotta, and Greens by bon appetit

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Scallop and Bacon Pizza by Food & Wine

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pizza by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Beans and Bacon on Buttered Toasts by Food & Wine

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Bacon Green Bean Bundles by Best Bites

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Smoky Bacon Bloody Mary by Myron Mixon

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Bacon Appetizer Crescents by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Grilled Glazed-Salmon Sandwiches with Bacon by Food & Wine

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