The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole




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The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~  a great guacamole recipe is cheap, healthy, vegan, gluten free, drop dead easy, and universally loved. (We’ve been making it since college, humans have been partying with it since the Aztecs.)  Once you know the basics you can knock out a fabulous appetizer in minutes, and every host should have their own signature recipe, so feel free to borrow any of these …

Guacamole topped with blistered tomatoesGuacamole topped with blistered tomatoes (recipe at the end of the post)

 
For something so simple, there’s a surprising amount to talk about when it comes to guacamole.  I’m sharing a new recipe for guacamole topped with blistered tomatoes, you’ll find that at the end of the post, as well as sharing lots of other inspiring takes on this awesome little green dip.  Tips, tricks, and useful info?  Of course, so let’s get to it!

How to tell if an avocado is ripe?

First of all, unless you need, absolutely neeeeeed, a ripe avocado immediately, I don’t recommend buying the ones with the little “I’m ripe!” stickers on them.  They’re gonna be a little bit past it and prone to bruises.  (Produce managers always put the riper avocados on the top of the heap where they’ll get lots of man/woman handling.  Dig a little deeper for firmer specimens)

Best idea ~ buy firm avocados and ripen them at home.

The California Avocado commission says the best way to ripen avocados is to put them in a bowl or directly on your kitchen counter and wait a couple of days until they give to slight pressure from the palm of your hand ~ not your fingers, which can bruise your fruit.  

If you’re in a rush, you can speed up the ripening process by putting your hard avocados in a paper bag along with a kiwi fruit or an apple.  The bag concentrates the natural ethylene gas given off by the fruit and will speed up the ripening process.

Keep in mind that sometimes you want a firmer avocado; if you’re trying to get sharp slices, or you’re making an avocado rose, for example.

Pomegranate and Pickled Ginger GuacamolePomegranate and pickled ginger guacamole from Food Deco

 

Can you make guacamole with hard avocados?

Got hard avocados and an intense craving for guacamole, like, NOW?  Well, interestingly, yes, there is a hack for that.  This unique solution comes from Pure Wow:

“To ripen an avocado quickly, wrap it in tinfoil and place on a baking sheet. Pop it in the oven at 200°F for ten minutes, or until the avocado is soft (depending on how hard it is, it could take up to an hour to soften). As the avocado bakes in the tinfoil, ethylene gas surrounds it, putting the ripening process into hyperdrive. Remove it from the oven, then put your soft, ripe avocado into the fridge until it cools and you’re ready to enjoy. Guac and avocado toast for all!”

a cut avocado

How to keep guacamole from turning brown

There are many tricks for keeping guacamole brown, you can sprinkle your avocado with lemon, you can keep the pit in the cut half, you can add a chunk of raw onion to the bag with a cut avocado, but they almost all boil down to one thing: plastic wrap. Avocados naturally brown when exposed to air, so the key is to try to minimize contact between your freshly made guacamole and air. Cling wrap is the easiest way to do this, and the key is to press the wrap right up against the avocado.  No air, no browning, no problema.

What makes guacamole taste like guacamole?

The classic flavors in guacamole are avocado, lime, cilantro, onion.  A little salt helps bring out all the flavors.  But guess what?  Avocados are super chill when it comes to mixing with other flavors, so once you’ve mastered a traditional guacamole, feel free to let loose and experiment!

Rachel Ray's Grapefruit and Tequila GuacamoleGrapefruit and Tequila Guacamole ~ Rachel Ray

 

Is guacamole healthy?

Yes! Guacamole is relatively high calorie, but also high in good heart healthy fat and vitamin K, which supports blood clotting.  It’s also low carb.

The best ways to serve guacamole

Tortilla chips are a given, but feel free to switch things up and use your guacamole they way you would any dip. Try serving it with toasted bread, tartine style, or with crunchy veggies for dipping.   I like to create a fun guacamole bar for guests and lay out toasted bread and all the toppings so everyone can get in there and customize their own.

guacamole toast bar Guacamole Toast Bar 

 


 

The Classics

A classic guacamole has just a few ingredients, but subtle variations on the theme result in guacs with slightly different vibes. Some are creamy and smooth, some are rustic and chunky, some add tomatoes, some don’t, ditto with cilantro and onions.  Garlic is hotly debated.  Any way you roll, these classics are simple to make, and incredibly delicious.

The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~ Classic guacamole recipes

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Best Ever Guacamole ~ Downshiftology

Chunky Guacamole ~ Food & Wine

Easy Healthy Guacamole ~ What Molly Made

Easy Guacamole ~ The Endless Meal

 


 

Creative Spins

Creamy avocados make an excellent canvas for all sorts of experimental and creative variations.  These clever guacs are definitely not traditional, and offer a nice change if you’re ready to move on from the basics.

The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~ Creative guacamole recipes

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Everything Guacamole ~ Gimme Some Oven

Pecorino Guacamole ~ Melanie Makes

Summer Garden Guacamole ~ Half Baked Harvest

Cojita + Corn Guacamole ~ The Toasted Pine Nut

 


 

Regional Recipes

Though native to Mexico, guacamole has won over the hearts of millions, resulting in regional variations and spins, highlighting local traditions and produce. Try these versions, or make up your own local variation!

The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~ regional guacamole recipes

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California Cobb Guacamole ~ Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Cajun Shrimp Guacamole ~ Bev Cooks

Tropical Guacamole ~ Food Fanatic

Hatch Chili Guacamole ~ The Boozy Oyster

 


 

Well Traveled Guacs

Guacamole inspired by International cuisines…it had to happen.  These fusion recipes are fun and full of unexpected flavors.

The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~ International Guacamole recipes

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Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp with Lemongrass Guacamole ~ Half Baked Harvest

Greek Guacamole ~ Minimalist Baker

Guacamole with Lobster (Denmark) ~ XOTC

Japanese Guacamole ~ California Avocados

 


 

Going Rogue

Sometimes you just gotta get off the beaten path and follow your own unique bliss when it comes to guac.  These recipes use guacamole as a stepping stone to amazing things.  Guac soup?  Sure!  Guacamole nicecream?  Why not?

The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~ going rogue recipes!

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Avocado Egg Salad ~ Pinch of Yum

Creamy Guacamole Pasta ~ Bianca Zapatke

Guacamole Deviled Eggs ~ The View From Great Island

Whole30 Spicy Shrimp Guacamole Crisps ~ Nocrumbsleft

 

guacamole with blistered tomatoes

 

Guacamole Topped with Blistered Tomatoes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Mexican American

Yield: serves 6

guacamole with blistered tomatoes

An easy guacamole topped with sweet juicy blistered cherry tomatoes, it's ready in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • handful of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pint multi-colored cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Halve, pit and scoop out the avocados. Mash them along with the lime juice with a fork until no large chunks remain. Add the onion salt, garlic powder, and cilantro. Taste to adjust any of the flavors.
  2. Put the tomatoes in a skillet and toss with a little olive oil, just to lightly coat. Heat on medium high heat, tossing the skillet often, until the tomatoes start to char and split open, this will only take a few minutes.
  3. Top the guacamole with the tomatoes, drizzle with more olive oil, and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve immediately with chips.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily D. of Berkey Water
    May 5, 2019 at 9:49 am

    This is such a fun post! I’m a guacamole addict, and I like to search for new recipes to tweak what I consider my current go-to guac. But, this article has so many options for me to try now! Time to go spend $30 on avocados, lol. Can you tell I’m excited? :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2019 at 10:31 am

      Go wild Emily!

  • Reply
    cheflolaskitchen
    April 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    All ur tips n tricks just cleared all my doubts! Impatiently waiting to try this guacamole out!

  • Reply
    Colleen
    April 28, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    So many creative ways with guacamole and they all look amazing. I’m saving this to try some of them next time I’m making guac. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Caroline
    April 28, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    It’s true, for something so simple there are lots of twists and debate on what exactly is OK or not. There are some tasty looking ideas here!

  • Reply
    Emily
    April 28, 2019 at 11:59 am

    These images are gorgeous! I can’t wait to make the blistered tomato guac. It looks so good.

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    April 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

    We love guacamole in my house. I need to figure out where to start with all these delicious recipes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 28, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      I always say start at the beginning…:)

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    Irish Chef
    April 28, 2019 at 10:28 am

    The tip about speeding-up the ripening process is fascinating and one I must try, Sue.
    Here’s an interesting tip for you: the reason there aren’t many recipes using hot avocados is because
    many people find them to taste like hot bananas (from a survey) which wouldn’t pair very well with seafood, chicken, etc. Funny, that.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Omg, hot bananas doesn’t sound very good!

  • Reply
    Darlene
    April 28, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I love avocado! One of the many perks of living in So Cal is having access to this delectable and healthy fruit! I tried to grow an avocado tree but it died. My friend had a grandfather tree in her backyard and the avocados were amazing. Nonstop avocados all year. I’m so glad avocado toast is popular now I’ve been doing it for years. Looking forward to trying some of these great recipes Sue. Thank you for sharing!

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    2pots2cook
    April 28, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Impressive indeed !

  • Reply
    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    April 28, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Great round up of guacamole! Can’t wait to check some of these out!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 28, 2019 at 7:58 am

      You can never have too much guacamole, am I right?

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