Guacamole Two Ways

February 15th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Guacamole. The ultimate party dip. Plop it on a platter with some chips and veggie sticks and you’re done.  

Avocados are a mainstay in my kitchen. Rarely a week goes by where I don’t use them in some form or another (like in smoothies). Loaded with healthy fats, a smear of avocado on a rice cake or sprouted corn tortilla chip makes a satisfying snack to get me through a busy afternoon.

When I’m looking for a quick dip to throw with some veggies or a fun garnish for fajitas, tacos, or a bowl of chili, I instantly turn to guacamole. Who needs a recipe for guacamole, you ask? Isn’t it just one of those dump and mash recipes that you can’t mess up?

Not quite. I’ve found that the key to a great-tasting guac is a little acid (lemon or lime juice work best), along with a subtle garlic kick from some scallions. Add a sprinkle of cilantro and you’ve got yourself a winning basic guacamole.

To jazz things up a bit, you’ll find my recipe for Fiesta Guacamole below as well. With color from some chopped tomatoes and corn kernels, heat from a serrano pepper, and even more garlicky bite from a smidge of garlic powder, you’ll be partying all night long with this variation. Of the two recipes, this chunkier one is my favorite.

Try out some of these tasty avocado recipes and get your fiesta on!


Basic Guacamole

2 medium ripe avocados, halved and pitted

¼ cup scallions, white and green parts finely chopped

¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice

Sea salt, to taste

  1. Scoop the flesh of the avocados into a medium bowl. Coarsely mash flesh with a fork to achieve desired consistency. (Less mashing will result in a chunky dip, while more mashing will give you a smoother texture.)
  2. Stir in scallions, cilantro, and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and serve immediately.


Fiesta Guacamole

Basic Guacamole (recipe above)

1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped small

½ cup frozen corn, thawed

1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)

½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir together. Serve immediately.

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  1. Guacamole is definitely one of my favorite condiments! You hit all of my favorite ingredients, but I never thought to add corn. I’ll have to give it a try next time. Cool picture of the avocado as the dish!

  2. Avocados are a mainstay in my kitchen as well. Your guac sounds great. I love guar with a clove of roasted garlic. Yum

  3. Sounds wonderful! Will have to try adding the corn, too :-)

  4. Hey Hallie – Love avocados here too! They’re on my grocery list every week, I can’t eat beans without avocado! I love your second recipe – will have to try it for fun. We love garlic in our guacamole and a little red onion. MMMMmmmmm!

  5. I ADORE guacamole. Literally my mum and I live on it. I love you have presented it in its shell, very pretty. These recipes are great, Id love to try the fiesta guacamole… its a really creative twist on avocado.
    I mash avocados and have them on slices of apple, you might like my apple sandwiches for breakfast on my blog.

  6. I just found your site. So glad I did. What fabulous ideas and recipes you have!
    I just posted a guacamole-hummus recipe on my blog about a week ago that our family adores. Enjoy. :)

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