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Cheesy Bacon Pepper Crab Bites

Cheesy crab bites are one of those appetizers that disappear so quickly, you’ll need to make a triple batch of them. Mini bell peppers are filled with cream cheese, bacon, and crab, then topped with crispy pork rinds and baked until golden and bubbly. It’s a gluten free, low carb recipe that you’ll make so often, you’ll have the recipe memorized!

Cheesy Crab Bites ~ These gluten free, low carb appetizers are packed w/ crab, cream cheese, and bacon, then topped with pork rinds.

Bite Sized Cheesy Crab Sliders

I love making “poppable”, bite sized foods like I did with today’s low carb crab appetizers. I suppose the real reason for that is to help with portion control, but truthfully, I have to say that there’s no way I could stop after eating just one of these hot cheesy crab sliders. They’re just too good! That’s why I’m glad they are just 3 Weight Watcher’s Smart Points each… 2 crab bites times 3 points = 6 Smart Points. That still leaves me with plenty of Points left for the day.

Cheesy Crab Bites Recipe ~ These gluten free, low carb appetizers are packed w/ crab, cream cheese, and bacon, then topped with pork rinds. Get the recipe on

Besides using them for appetizers, don’t you think the crab bites would be yummi for game day snacks? I plan to make a lot of them this football season. I think hot or cold, crab is just one of the best ingredients to add to party appetizer recipes.
Cheesy Crab Bites ~ These gluten free, low carb appetizers are packed w/ crab, cream cheese, and bacon, then topped with pork rinds. Get the recipe on

If you want another low carb appetizer to make with bell peppers, go check out my recipe for steak fajita bites, too. They are super easy to put together, also low carb, and of course, completely yummi!

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low carb cheesy crab bites topped with pork rinds

Cheesy Bacon Pepper Crab Bites

Sweet bell peppers are filled with cream cheese, bacon, and crab, then topped with crispy pork rinds and baked until golden and bubbly. This low carb appetizer recipe is a hit at game day parties! Just 3 Weight Watcher's Smart Points each!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bites
Calories 106 kcal


  • 6 mini bell peppers washed, seeded, and sliced in half from top to bottom
  • 6 ounces crab meat finely chopped
  • 3 slices bacon diced
  • 1/2 medium onion minced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (6 Tablespoons)
  • 1.5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Arrange peppers cut side up on a baking sheet; set aside.
  • Add bacon to a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onions and continue to cook 4-5 minutes more, until bacon is crisp and onions are translucent. Take pan off heat and transfer onions and bacon to paper toweling to drain. (You won't need the grease.)
  • Add remaining ingredients, except pork rinds, to a mixing bowl. Stir with a large spoon to combine everything until creamy, then add the onions and bacon and stir to combine.
  • Place 1-2 tablespoons of filling into each of the bell pepper halves. Top with crushed pork rinds and place pan into oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until peppers have softened and mixture is hot and bubbly.


Weight Watcher's Nutritional Information - When made with the ingredients shown here, each crab bite has 3 Smart Points. You can lower the point value even more by using light mayo and light or fat free cream cheese.


Serving: 1crab biteSodium: 173mgSugar: 3gFiber: 1gCholesterol: 29mgCalories: 106kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 7gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 5g
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  1. Thank you SO much for guest posting for me this week. I appreciate it SO much. And thanks for all your sweet words, you are too kind. I love this recipe so much. I’m thinking I may try it with a different protein so I can take it for a test ride. These must be made.

    Thanks again Becca. I am so happy to have such great blogging friends. It means the world to me that you would take the time to do this for me.

    Now let’s brainstorm ideas so you can come to food & wine woman!!

    1. You are SO very welcome, girlyfriend! I loved hanging out at your place and I’m happy to help any time!

      These sliders would be crazy good with some chopped chicken instead of the crab. Or more bacon, ‘cuz, well, it’s bacon! 🙂

      It would be SO awesome if I could find a way to afford a blogging conference. They’re just so beyond my budget, though. I need to pitch it to a gazillionaire. 😉

  2. these look SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! i dont do pork rinds though, do you think i could substitute something else?

    1. Absolutely, Michele! I used them for the extra salty crunch. You can use panko bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers… or if you want to try something “out of the box”, how about crush potato chips?!

  3. These stuffed pepper sliders are! I love that how colorful they are…and I bet they are amazingly delicious. I think I need these in my life…soon! Hopping over to check out the recipe now…and pinning for later! 🙂

    1. Ohhhh, my dear friend, you have NO idea how badly you need these in your life! They’re so amazing that I made the pan full during the day while Brian was at work, hoping to share them with him when he got home, but umm… I was somewhat unable to control myself once I sunk my teeth into the creamy, salty goodness. The sweet peppers still had a bit of crunch to them, making for the perfectly poppable treat.
      I’ll make you a batch after I move into that house down the street from you 😉

      1. Heck yeah! A whole batch just for me! My wife might have issues with that because crab is like her favorite food ever. But we just won’t tell her about them…oh, and I forgot to say this the first time. Bacon. It’s a food group by itself. I love it!!

      2. So now that we’ve clarified that we’re both crab gluttons and stingy when it comes to sharing delicious food with our spouses, what do you suppose we should do about the bacon issue? “Bacon. It’s a food group by itself. I love it!!” YES, Dave… it’s what makes the world a better place. #BaconForWorldPeace

    1. Thanks, Lizzy! You already know that bacon rocks my world, but I bet you didn’t know that creamy crab dip comes in a close second. This was pretty fantabulous!

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