Guacamole is one of my favorite foods ever. Heck, if I had to make a list of my most beloved things in this world, period, it would still be high up there, right behind sunsets and puppies. I love making it, and have avocados and limes at the ready pretty much all the time, just in case a craving strikes.
Being an avid guacamole fan, I can’t help but cry a bit on the inside any time I head to a get-together and see a plastic tub of store-bought stuff set out. I appreciate the thought, but c’mon, you can do so much better. Real-deal guacamole is so easy to make and way fresher and tastier than that sad, browning sludge from the supermarket.
There’s one other thing that makes the homemade version far superior: Although the classic kind will always be a hit, guacamole can also be a vehicle for showing off your finesse and creativity. Add-ins and extras can take it from basic to brilliant in a flash.
If you’ve got guests coming over this game day, you’re probably going to want to put guacamole at the center of the spread. This is just the time to load it up and make it every bit as action-packed as the plays on the screen. For some out-of-the-box guac inspiration, here are 11 inventive recipes that will keep everyone dipping through halftime and beyond. Looking for more Super Bowl recipes? Check out our Super Bowl headquarters. Happy snacking!
This one’s a no-brainer. Avocado, bacon, and tomatoes are a tried and true sandwich pairing, so it’s only natural that they would be best friends when mashed together in a bowl. This recipe also introduces chipotles, which bring just enough extra smokiness for taste buds to take note. Get our Bacon and Tomato Guacamole recipe.
For a more subtle guacamole twist, try adding tomatillos, which release their juices for a looser condiment that’s as easy to use as a dip as it is to drizzle on nachos, tacos, and more. Get our Guacamole Taquero (Tomatillo Guacamole) recipe.
Peas don’t just help maximize the greenage in guacamole. They also add a welcome sweetness that pairs perfectly with charred jalapeno and crunchy, nutty sunflower seeds. Get the Spring Pea Guacamole recipe.
You may be used to lime in your guacamole, but its main reason for being there is to offer acidity, which is something that any citrus can provide. By swapping in juicy grapefruit, you get all the lush, floral notes that are unique to that fruit, which are heightened even further through the addition of cumin. Get the Grapefruit Guacamole recipe.
This recipe could get by on looks alone, with its stunning contrast of pomegranate’s ruby red against avocado’s opaque green. Luckily, it tastes good, too, bringing all the fruity spunk you never knew you wanted in your dip. Get the Pomegranate Guacamole recipe.
In this world of all manner of unholy food mash-ups, guacamummus (or hummamole, if you must) seems like less of a trend-riding novelty than a commentary on modern-day society. It’s an allegorical representation of two tribes–one of the avocado, and one of the chickpea–that are often at odds with each other, yet united in a common goal of dip democracy. Their only solution is to unite and stand as one kickass spread. Get the Avocado Hummus recipe.
To any naysayers who dare think guacamole is boring, this recipe’s for you. Jicama brings the heft and snappy crunch, while mango–well, mango always knows how to be the life of the party. Get the Guacamole with Jicama and Mango recipe.
If your favorite part of guacamole is the creamy factor, you can take it one notch further by adding white beans to the mix. Get the White Bean Guacamole recipe.
While you could break out the crudites for dunking, things get much more exciting when you chop up those veggies and literally put them inside your dip. Studs of celery will keep your guests crunching, while spicy serranos liven things up, just in case the third quarter of the game starts to drag. Get the Celery-Spiked Guacamole with Chiles recipe.
Is it just me, or is the whole point of blue cheese dressing fishing out the cheese crumbles? I’d rather see those nubbins set adrift in a mash of avocado, riding a cresting wave of pale green. Get the Basil and Blue Cheese Guacamole recipe.
This is it. This is the recipe for when you’ve gone off the rails and have nothing to lose. Or at the very least, you’re looking at a pantry full of scattershot ingredients that would go great together in a dip. Get the Fully Loaded Guacamole recipe.
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