Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich

Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich

Whenever I go on camping trips without the Dirty Girls, my fiancé (Nick) plans breakfast and I plan dinner. Unfortunately, lunch usually never quite makes it on our radar and ends up being a neglected meal. I have been guilty of some pretty boring lunches, more often than not, consisting of uninspired sandwiches. The main issue with making sandwiches while camping is that I always forget about the fixin’s (condiments, cheese, lettuce etc..). This Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich is an attempt to redeem my wicked old ways.

The first time I made this Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich was back in January on a trip to the Anza-Borrego desert for Nick’s birthday. We were heading out on a bike ride to explore the local sights and once again I was packing up lunch as an afterthought. I quickly made turkey sandwiches and tried to fancy it up with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and the pre-cooked bacon I had on hand (leftovers from testing the chipotle black bean soup recipe). We visited the actual “Palm Spring” – what used to be a stage coach stop along the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849. Apparently, it was a hip and happening place back in the day. Now, it’s just a plaque designating a historical landmark and a little cesspool reminiscent of a spring. After more wiping out than actual riding on the sandy trail, we made it to the Hollywood & Vine intersection. Oddly enough, in the middle of nowhere, on top of a dirt hill in Anza-Borrego, there is such a street sign. If you ever happen to be in the area, it’s worth a gander.

We called it quits at that point and had our lunch under one of the few pinon pines tall enough to offer some shade. We were all dusty from the trails, and all around us was nothing but more dirt and sand. All I wanted was a cold refreshing beverage and something savory. We dug into the sandwiches and to my surprise they were good! The bagels were moist and the bacon was crispy and the chipotle peppers added nice flavor and kick to the whole thing. I had a feeling I was on to something.

The recipe has been refined since, and what you’re getting here is the final ultra-gourmet version with cream cheese and avocado. I recommend making the bacon ahead of time or buying pre-cooked bacon. I cooked extra bacon while making breakfast and hid it until it was lunch time. The nice thing about this Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich is that you can make it ahead of time. It will survive being in your backpack until you find the perfect lunch spot (just don’t leave in there for too long – use your common sense when it comes to general food safety). This recipe isn’t going to get a health award but I promise you, it will make you happy.

Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich

Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich


4 sandwiches

Prep Time / Cook Time


Activity Guide

Bike Touring, Car Camping, Day Trip, Picnic


  • 4 bagels, halved
  • 1 8-ounce container of cream cheese
  • 8 slices of turkey meat
  • 6 slices of bacon, halved
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  • Can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Skillet
  • Stove
  • Paper towels


  1. Heat up skillet on camp stove. When the skillet is hot, lay bacon slices down and let them brown, turning them over periodically. Cook until crispy.
  2. Remove bacon from skillet and place in a paper towel to absorb extra grease. Set aside.
  3. Spread out halved bagels on flat surface. Take cream cheese and knife and spread a generous amount on each half. Set the 4 bagel tops aside. With the same knife, spread the sliced chipotle pepper and the adobo sauce on the bottom bagel halves. Use more chipotle pepper and adobo sauce if you like it spicy!
  4. Next comes bacon (3 pieces/sandwich) and turkey (2 slices/sandwich).
  5. Top it all off with sliced avocado and seal the deal with the top bagel half.

4 thoughts on “Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwich

  1. I am also guilty of guilty of uninspired lunch sandwiches. I’m going on a big road trip next week and I think this is perfect! No PB&J on this trip baby! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I made this sandwich on a camping trip last weekend and it was great! My husband and I really loved it. I did a couple of things different though. I made chipotle cream cheese before I left by adding a block of cream cheese and two peppers in a food processor and blending until smooth. This works great as a dip too. I also used “everything” bagels. Wonderful!

    1. Tanja – that’s a great way to do it. Blending the peppers with the cream cheese ahead of time is also lets you control the heat. I’ve inadvertently had a big bite of pure chipotle pepper before and my mouth and lips were burning for a while!

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