I wasn't really a lover of bacon until very, very recently. Now I'm a full-fledged convert and I'm here to congratulate the delicious food on International Bacon Day.

Now, what exactly is International Bacon Day? As if you couldn't guess, it's a day to eat bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. Okay, I know that I typically strive for healthier meals and I very much believe in a balanced diet—but sometimes a girl just needs some bacon, okay? Which is why I'm sharing these 5 Latin recipes because I know that YOU love to indulge in some bacon occasionally, too. Some are easy, some are complicated. Some are a great snack, others a great lunch or dinner. And, as always, all of them are incredibly delicious, so don't miss out!

Read more ¿Que Mas? Pork cooking tips from Chef Floyd Cardoz, plus how to make the perfect pork tostadas! (RECIPE)

What is your favorite Latin recipe with bacon? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Latin Recipes to Celebrate International Bacon Day!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Ingredients:  1 lb ground beef, 1/4 cup No-Stick Grilling Marinade for Beef (find recipe here), 1 tablespoon Steak Seasoning (find recipe here), 1/2 bacon, small dice, 1 1/2 cups yellow onion, small dice, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese, Eight 10-inch flour tortillas, 1/4 cup olive oil, Sour cream and salsa for serving, 4 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 cup canola oil, 1 cup light olive oil, 2 tablespoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper, 2 Tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 cup Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, 3/4 cup freshly ground black pepper, 1/4 cup lemon pepper seasoning, 2 tablespoons garlic salt, 2 tablespoons granulated garlic, 1 tablespoon onion powder

Directions:
1. Make four hamburger patties using the ground beef. Brush each patty with the No-Stick Marinade and allow to marinate 30 minutes. Sprinkle each patty with the Steak Seasoning.

2. Prepare the grill. Cook the burgers on direct high heat to medium-well, approximately 14 minutes.

3. While burgers are cooking, place the diced bacon in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Cook the bacon until it becomes brown and crispy, stirring often. Once the bacon is crisp, use a slotted spoon to remove from pan. Pour off most of the bacon fat, leaving just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Place the diced onions, salt, and pepper in the hot bacon fat. Cook 6-7 minutes, stirring often.

4. Allow the bacon, onions, and hamburgers to cool completely.

5. Place the cooked burgers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 6-7 times. The meat should be broken up but not ground fine.

6. Place the ground hamburger, onions, and bacon in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Blend in the shredded cheeses.

7. Lay the flour tortillas on a flat surface and divide the filling evenly among them. Spread the filling so that it covers one half of each tortilla. Fold the filled tortillas in half to form a semicircle.

8. Prepare the grill. Brush the tortillas with olive oil. Grill the quesadillas over direct medium heat until well marked, about 4-6 minutes on each side. Rotate the quesadillas while cooking to prevent burning. Remove the quesadillas from the grill and cut into 4-6 triangles. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

Recipe courtesy of Serious Eats.

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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