Looking to perfect your famous guacamole for a night in with friends? A few easy tweaks can instantly jazz up your basic recipe.
Of course there's nothing wrong with classic guacamole or a morning avocado toast, but a twist on something that works can only make it better.
Plus, a few flavor enhancements, like fruit, spice, or cheese, can shock your taste buds and make your dish something that people need to come back for. (Or at least ask for some to take home.) That being said, get to work in the kitchen, but make your guacamole in bulk. You'll easily have people to share with, and if you're eating solo, you'll have an easy dip to use throughout the week.
Think: soups, dressings, toast toppers, eggs, and more.
For a tropical twist on guac, consider adding fresh mango. Not only will the creamy texture pair well with rich avocado, but it'll add a little sweetness, making for a great complement for a salty chip.
Try a sweet potato chip, which is sweet but also a bit earthy, Lee of Fit Foodie Finds recommends, as the double sweetness won't overwhelm the dish.
And, as mango is so fitting for softer, smoother consistencies, you can even try it in a chia seed breakfast parfait. Yum!
Add Strawberry & Peach
What's better than adding one fruit? Throwing in two.
For a fruity, light guacamole dish, this strawberry and peach smash can be eaten with chips, thrown into a tortilla, or even paired with meats, like sliced ham or beef fajitas, as a way to brighten that meaty flavor and texture. Lee of Fit Foodie Finds recommends pairing it with an egg for a hearty, satiating breakfast.
Add Pomegranate Seeds
There's way more you can do with pomegranate seeds or juice than add them to smoothies or yogurt bowls. In fact, the sweet and tart combination works really well in another creamy treat, like guacamole.
First off, if you're not buying pomegranate seeds in store, and you'll need to remove them yourself, it's actually not that hard, as long as you follow an easy guide.
Once you're set, it's time to get creative when making your guac. By adding lime, garlic, and cilantro, you get a perfect balance between sweet and savory, and you can even add jalapeños and feta, like Kate of Cookie & Kate, to kick flavor and heat up a notch.
Add Green Peas
More green to the green? There's nothing wrong with that, especially when it boosts the flavor and nutrition profile.
Peas are high in fiber, to keep you full, as well as iron, to provide sustainable energy and keep nails, bones, teeth, and hair strong. Plus, you can save some cash, as they make the "clean fifteen" list and don't need to be purchased organic.
And the best part? Each serving is only 80 calories, so it makes for a slimming snack when you're looking to load up on the good stuff, without loading up on the pounds.
Add Corn & Beans
Guacamole and chips just scream Mexican fiesta, but the simple addition of (GMO-free) corn and black beans takes it one step further.
And, not only does that give the guac a heartier, denser texture, but it also raises the nutritional value, where you're getting fiber, protein, and iron from the beans and antioxidants (like carotenoids, for better eye and skin health) from yellow corn.
Leave avocado in bigger chunks if you want to eat by the spoonful, or you can chop finely to make it slightly creamier if you're loading onto chips or grilled bread.
Did we miss anything? Dish your favorite guac in the comments!