Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad

This, folks, is what I like to call a game changer: Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad!!!

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad

Bacon and Sriracha?

They’re best friends til the end.

Potatoes and Bacon?

As famous a pairing as PB+J but with an extra does of yum.

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad?


Overlooking the fact that I just answered a question with a question, I’m going to insist that you make this potato salad.

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad Recipe

Barbecue season is coming and your friends NEED this potato salad. More importantly, YOU need this potato salad, so make some to share and some to scarf secretly before guests arrive. Consider it an essential step of party prep. Quality control, even.

Assuming you are making this to share and not hoarding the entire thing for yourself (I now owe my neighbors a bowl because I may be a teensy bit guilty of the latter) then you’ll also want to go ahead print a few copies of the recipe out.

You *will* get harassed for it. Trust me, the last thing you want is to get cornered by an overenthusiastic friend of a friend who, after talking your ear off about CrossFit or the season finale of House of Cards for an hour, can’t seem to remember my blog name. “Peas and Carrots? No? Crayons and Carrots? I don’t get it, what does this have to do with potato salad?!

This may or may not have actually happened.

More than once.

Let’s cut to the chase and make some bowl-licking potato salad, shall we?

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad
5 from 13 votes

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad

Spice up your Spring and Summer barbecues, picnics, and parties with this zesty Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad! This feisty side dish is loaded with flavor!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 312 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 3 lbs red potatoes
  • 3-4 slices of bacon
  • 2.5 TBSP white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup quality mayo (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 TBSP Sriracha plus extra to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • paprika to taste


  1. Peel potatoes and chop into 3/4-inch cubes.
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water, about 1 inch above the potatoes.
  3. Set burner to high and bring water to a boil.
  4. While you wait, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and top with 3-4 slices of bacon. Set oven to 400 degrees F and place the baking sheet inside (no need to pre-heat) on the center rack. Bake for 20 minutes until crispy and golden. Alternatively you can fry the bacon if you prefer.
  5. Once a rolling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork tender. (approx. 8 minutes)
  6. Drain potatoes and move to a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add salt and vinegar and combine gently with a rubber spatula/bowl scraper.
  8. Allow to cool slightly, letting the potatoes sit for around 15 minutes.
  9. Combine mayonaise, sour cream, and sriracha chili sauce in a small bowl.
  10. Once the potatoes have cooled a bit, fold in using the rubber spatula.
  11. If you'd like spicier spuds, feel free to add extra sriracha to the mix. Made as written, the recipe is zesty but not quite face-kicking spicy. I'll leave that up to you! Mwah!
  12. Top with crispy bacon, chopped green onion, and paprika and serve at room temperature.
  13. Serve alongside your trusty bottle of Sriracha so anyone willing to walk on the wild side [it's delicious!] can turn up the heat with a little extra kick!

Recipe Notes

I use the America's Test Kitchen method for prepping my potatoes, since it's never failed me and always yields perfect results, if you're a potato salad making pro and have a technique you adore, go for it! For best results, grab red potatoes for this salad, their buttery texture is perfect for potato salad and they hold their shape even after little manhandling to fold in the sauce. Russet potatoes will also work, but will smush and crumble a bit easier.

To make this paleo or dairy-free, simply swap the sour cream for extra mayo and you're good to!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 809mg23%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 101IU2%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

bacon sriracha potato salad, eh?

so . . . how was it?!

I really do want to eat this forever! Luckily I’ll have oodles of Spring and Summer barbecues, picnics, and parties to give me the perfect excuse to potato salad it up! This salad makes a rockin’ side dish for burgers, hot dogs, and even my super tasty veggie burgers!

It even makes a great stand-alone lunch when you’re recipe testing… because that’s how food bloggers roll.

Hello most delicious hobby ever!

update: I’ve officially gotten my friends HOOKED on this salad! It’s your turn!

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad

For all my sweet potato enthusiasts, fret not! You can make this bacon sriracha potato salad with sweet spuds too!

I make my Chipotle Potato Salad with them and it’s AWESOME!

Looking for more crazy bold flavor combos? Try my Buffalo Chicken Taco Salads on for size! They’re a tad legendary.

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  • Melissa Frances

    5 stars
    The potato salad was delicious! (I cut back the sriracha by half.)

    • So glad you enjoyed it Melissa! xoxo

  • Becky

    5 stars
    My husband loves sriracha, bacon, and green onion, so I made this for July 4th with ribs and a summer corn salad. Everyone loved it! It’s easy and unique. The second time I made it, I left some (not all) of the skin on the potatoes, and it’s just as good that way for anyone wondering. To the person who had the watery experience, I think I may know what happened. Your potatoes must be completely cool and dry. If you put warm or damp potatoes in the dressing, it will be a completely different texture, and the dressing won’t stick to the potatoes and coat them.
    I have never found a potato salad that my entire family loves, but this one is it for us! Neither my daughter or I are huge potato salad fans, but we all go back for seconds with this yummy recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Shari

      5 stars
      For some bizarre reason, my husband only wants his potato salad warm. I have found a work around though. I bake the potatoes instead of boiling. Cut them up while still warm, and presto! No runny potato salad. The flavor of the potatoes is different too. Really good for a change up.

  • Joan Guthrie

    How far ahead can u make this

    • Hi Joan! It’s about the same as regular potato salad, so you can make it the day before if needed and leftovers will keep for a few days. For parties it’s always prettiest made that day, lol! Also, the best results I like adding freshly cooked bacon to it, so when I make the potato salad itself I’ll save adding the bacon and scallion garnish until the day of so it’s nice and crispy!

  • Christine

    5 stars
    LOVE! Thank you!

  • Alison

    Hi love have you ever tried the recipe with the skin left on the potatoes

    • Hey Alison! I always leave some of the skin on the red potatoes for mashed potatoes and potato soup but I haven’t tried it yet for potato salad.

  • Darlene

    When do you add the vinegar and salt to the potatoes or the mayo and sour cream mixture?

    • Hey Darlene! Salt and vinegar go in at step 7 while you fold the mayo mixture in at step 10. xoxo

  • Jill

    I was looking for something to make for a 4th of July party at our friend’s cottage and I believe i just found it! Will let you know how it turns out. Thank you for offering a fresh spin on an old favorite!

    • Hope you adore it Jill! Happy (early) 4th of July!

  • Carri

    5 stars
    I totally don’t want to take this to the potluck. I want to keep it here at home. It’s so delicious although I definitely kicked it up a notch by doubling the sriracha. I will definitely be making this again (once I am up to peeling potatoes)

  • Can I make this bacon sriracha potato salad with sweet spuds?

  • 5 stars
    Looks so delicious! Never seen a similar potato salad recipe before! Thx for sharing and of course i will cook it next week!

    • Thank you Julia! I’m so excited for you to try it!

  • 5 stars
    I love how over the top this is, in a good way! Thank you for this, was in your recent 4th of July recipes, and looks like it’s a few years old, but I still haven’t ever seen anything like it, I already love sriracha, sour cream, potatoes, etc, love it!

  • cecilia

    So im getting a little confused here, do u mash them up, or cut out like cube potatoes for a salad. and mix in the mayo and so on.

    • Hey Cecilia! No mashing, you’ll peel the potatoes, cut into cubes, boil to soften them (I like mine tender but still firm enough to hold their shape) and then fold them into the dressing to make this potato salad. Hope this helps!

  • Laura Davidson

    I stumbled on your site by accident and man am I happy about that. I love potato salad but I have never really made a good one until now. I love, love, love it. I think I’ll be on your site a lot more often.

    I made this as a side dish to some stuffed chicken breasts last night, then skipped the chicken and ate a big bowl of this potato salad instead.

    Thanks Jenn. I think I have found a new best friend!!

    • Hey girl hayyyyy!!!! So excited you found me Laura, and that you loved the recipe! I will seriously shove any and all dishes away when this salad is around too haha. You’ll frequently find me licking the bowl clean! 😉 Totally let me know if you try anything else! <3

  • Oh my!! This looks incredible! I am almost worried to try making it for fear I will want it EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! 🙂 I am working on a picnic round-up and would love to feature this! (I would link back w a photo!!) I think together we will get the whole world hooked 🙂 (well…eventually right!)

    • Sounds awesome Melissa, I’d be honored to be featured! Cannot wait to read the round-up! 🙂

  • Manders

    5 stars
    Memorial Day cookout? Yes please. I cannot wait to stuff my face (and not share). Muahaha. You have turned me into a greedy food snob…I am not mad about it.

    • I’m so glad you love it, Manders! I basically squeal every time you make something off ze blog 🙂 Now if only you would drive a few hours West and come have a cookout with us here! <3 Love ya lady!

  • Danielle Dentzau

    5 stars
    My husband is going to be so tired of peeling potatoes for this recipe, but that is the price he will have to pay for me to make it so often! We just made it for the best man’s birthday and it was gone in a second (I did sneak a little away so I could have a second serving later 😉 )

    • Jenn

      So glad y’all loved it! And hooray for sneaking a bowl for yourself before it got gobbled up! I had to make it twice in a week because a certain someone kept inhaling it when my back was turned! xo

  • Zip

    Made this tonight and it was such a disappointment. On paper it was so good, but it was missing something and just sorta tasted like potatoes in bland weird cream sauce and a background heat with sometimes bacon and green onion mingled in.

    • Jenn

      Gah! So sorry to hear that. I LOVE this dish! I did purposely keep it simple on the flavor profile as not to overwhelm anyone with too much heat or too many components. I always suggest seasoning to taste in each recipe since some people want a more mild dish while others want it super bold or super spicy. I’m sorry it wasn’t your favorite, it’s been such a hit here in NC with family and friends alike!

  • Kari S.

    Just found you via Pinterest. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I see that it says to serve it room temp. I am wondering how the cold leftovers taste? Is this something that can be made ahead of time and eaten cold, or does it taste much better at room temp? TIA!

    • Jenn

      Hey Kari! I’m so glad you found me! It takes a bajillion times better room temperature but can certainly be made in advance too! My husband eats it cold all the time but I’m a pure potato salad snob and love them room temp vs cold. If you’re making it in advance, I’d save a little bacon wrapped on the side to top it with [it’ll stay crunchy that way] and make a little more of the sauce/dressing and keep that on the side too. The potatoes absorb a bunch of it when they sit in the fridge so this way you’re covered! <3

  • Sallie Oliver

    Hey Jenn, when I print out your recipes the print is so small It makes hard for reading. Anything you can do to enlarge the print?
    Where do you live in Florida? I live near Tampa, Fl.
    I luv your BLOG! I am making your potato salad on the 4th!

    • Jenn

      My family is in Tampa! Love it there! We’re moving to Pensacola soon 🙂 I am not sure about the text, I’m going to email the plugin company that I use for the recipe template – in the meantime, I’ll shoot you an email with the recipe! TTY soon!

  • 5 stars
    Featured this awesome recipe on my favorite picnic recipes and provided everyone with this wonderful link. My mouth waters every time I look at your awesome pictures!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Katie! Off to check out your post right now! <3

  • Matthew

    These were freakin amazing. Thank you! Of course I had to add a little extra bacon but too die for!

  • That bowl is to die for! I have pinned this – great recipe!!

  • 5 stars
    Just enjoyed this for dinner. FABULOUS! Thanks for the recipe:)

    • Jenn

      Thanks Karen! I’m so excited you made/loved it! =) I can’t stop making this stuff!

  • 5 stars
    It’s been too long since I’ve had a good potato salad. This definitely is a recipe I need to make soon – I just love the sriracha addition!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Thalia!

  • Bacon, Potatos and Sriracha – I don’t need to hear more. I am totally game!
    And how can you possibly shoot such a great picture of potatoe salad?

  • Looks awesome! Love Sriracha!

  • Of course, everything’s better with bacon – but sriracha too! I’m over the moon about this recipe. Will have to try it out dairy-free. Thanks for sharing!

  • Talk about a bowl full of yum!! That is the best version of potato salad I have ever seen!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Kristen!!!

  • 5 stars
    If you EVER doubt your photography again, I will personally squeeze a bottle of sriracha near your eyes. As I did to myself last week.

    This is happening. And I won’t be sharing!

    • Jenn

      aw thanks friend! <3

  • Bacon and Sriracha. Plus green onions. You are a genius.

    • Jenn

      Heart you so!

  • What a wonderful appetizer! It looks so so delicious 🙂

  • musia

    This sounds delicious ! I keep kosher and don’t eat bacon, but I can use bacon flavored bits. How much would you say I should put in? Thanks!

    • Jenn

      As much or as little as you’d like! I would start with maybe 3 TBSP and then add any extra based on taste preference 🙂

  • Whoa. Yes, yes, so much yes. My mouth is watering, and now I have a serious craving for bacon. This salad looks incredible. And I, too, am a big fan of America’s Test Kitchen for fool-proof tips. I use their potato pre-cook method when making latkes, and they turn out perfectly every time. Happy Friday 🙂

    • Jenn

      Thanks Amy! <3

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