13 Totally Tasty Substitutes for Bacon

Discover the best bacon substitutes for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and adventurous foodies.


This Italian cured ham is lower in cholesterol and total fat than bacon, with about the same sodium levels.

Instead of being from the belly, though, beef bacon is cut from the short plate, with nice ribbons of fat running through it.

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Beef bacon

Turkey bacon (and duck)

Turkey bacon was probably the first widely-marketed pork bacon substitute. It’s pretty common in most grocery stores these days.

Capicola is a delicious cured meat that crisps up nicely and, like prosciutto, can take the place of bacon pretty much anywhere.

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