There’s nothing like a creamy, salty, freshly whipped bowl of guacamole. Add some warm tortilla chips to this classic appetizer, and you have a dish sure to please any hungry guest. While guacamole is a treat you know will be a hit time and time again, the standard recipe isn’t exactly original.
With our 3 totally unique guacamole recipes, you will wow your guests with the sweet surprises of these unexpected flavors: bacon, pineapple, and sun-dried tomato!
Health Benefits of Avocado
Many appetizers are, unfortunately, often served with a large dose of guilt. Lucky for you, guacamole is not one of them! Avocados are packed with an abundance of nutrients:
- Rich in essential fatty acids and healthy, monounsaturated fats.
- Supercharged with high amounts of potassium, Vitamins B6, C and E.
- High in fiber and a good source of protein (both balance one’s blood sugar levels).
- Holds a variety of trace minerals that replenish the body when depleted.
- Supports a healthy heart.
Classic Guacamole Recipes
Traditionally, guacamole recipes contain this rather predictable set of ingredients: mashed avocado, chopped onion, lime (or lemon) juice, salt, and pepper. To spice it up, some add fresh garlic (or garlic powder), jalapenos, diced tomatoes, chile peppers, and/or hot sauce.
Now, we’re not saying we’d necessarily turn down a bowl of this tasty tradition, but we could certainly go for some unanticipated, savory additions!
Guacamole Recipes with a Creative Twist
Bust out the pita bread, tortilla chips, and tacos! It’s fiesta time.
1) Guacamole with cotija topped with bacon bits
A famous bacon- guac recipe calls for 4 strips of bacon. To cut down on the fat content, you can use 2 minced strips and still keep the flavor.
Add to 3 mashed avocados: ½ tbsp fresh cilantro, ½ cup cotija cheese, 1 tablespoon of finely-chopped serrano chile pepper, juice from 1 lime, coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Serve with soft flour tortillas, chips or pita bread.
2) Pineapple cilantro guacamole
This tropical dip adds a tasty touch to your summer picnic buffet.
Add to 2 mashed avocados: ½ juiced lime, 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, and ¼ cup minced cilantro. Mix all ingredients and sprinkle on a dash or two of sea salt. Try spreading it on a bagel, dipping tortilla chips into it, or adding it to a veggie pita sandwich.
3) Sun-dried tomato guacamole
This recipe, known as “California guacamole,” has a hint of Italian flavor.
Add to 4 mashed avocados: 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves, and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese. Add ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (but drain and chop them before you mix them into your guacamole dip). Optional: sprinkle in toasted pine nuts and 1 ½ tablespoons dried basil in place of the fresh leaves. Throw on a pinch or two of sea salt. Enjoy it with Italian bread, chips, or pita bread.
Inspired? Where to find more guacamole recipes
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