There are so many reasons to love guacamole. The Mexican dish (which literally means “avocado sauce” in the Aztec Nahuatl dialect) is creamy, refreshing, spicy, and just about perfect atop nearly any food. It’s healthy too: avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat (aka the “good” fat), which can improve cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease, and boost brain function, as well as vitamins E and B6.

The most basic guacamole recipe involves some combination of mashed avocado, chopped onion, lime or lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. But longtime guac fans know that there’s nothing wrong with a little extra seasoning—in fact, adding fresh fruit, veggies, spices, and herbs only makes us love the versatile dip even more. Check out 26 of our favorite game-changing guacamole recipes below!

Super Simple Guacamole Recipe Photo: Clint and Brooke / Grab Your Spork

1. Super Simple Guacamole
It’s important to walk before you can run—this basic guacamole is a good place to start. With avocados, lime, jalapeño, red onion, garlic, cilantro, and salt, it’s a perfect recipe for guac beginners.

2. Kale Guacamole
Get your daily dose of greens with this healthier guac recipe. Shallots, garlic, fresh herbs, and jalapeño pepper give the brightly colored dip a ton of flavor and spice.

3. Charred Corn Guacamole
This recipe is on the simpler side (it features just six ingredients, plus salt and pepper), but the charbroiled corn lends a smoky note to complement the avocado, lime, cilantro, and red onion base.

4. Grilled Guacamole With Parmesan and Basil
Sticking avocado halves on the grill for a few minutes intensifies the flavor and adds char-y goodness to your guac. This unconventional recipe also features fresh basil, lemon, and Parmesan cheese.

5. Sweet Potato Guacamole
Combine two of our favorite superfoods for this spicy take on guacamole. A dash of ground chipotle chili pepper and salsa verde add a kick to the sweet potatoes and avocados.

Tropical Guacamole

6. Tropical Fruit Guacamole
Can’t swing a beach vacation this winter? Make this sunny dip and pretend you’re in the tropics instead. Chopped pineapple and mango combine with jalapeño peppers to make this sweet-and-spicy guac an instant go-to.

7. Spicy Guacamole Hummus
Why choose between dips when you can combine two into one awesome dish? Start by making hummus with chickpeas, tahini, onion powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper. When that’s all blended, add the guac ingredients (avocados, jalapeño, and lime) and mix everything together.

8. Apple-Fennel Guacamole
If traditional guacamole is a little too casual for your fancy-pants needs, check out this grown-up guac recipe. Swap in fennel for onion, thyme for cilantro, and apple for tomato—it’s practically gourmet!

9. Lemon-Lime Guacamole
Chop red onion, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro roughly to achieve this recipe’s rustic, chunky texture. Lemon and lime juice give the dip an extra citrusy kick.

Pomegranate Guacamole

10. Pomegranate Guacamole
Since this guac contains a splash of tequila, it’s definitely best to keep it off the kiddy table. But for grown-ups, the festive extras—including pomegranate seeds—make this guacamole especially party-appropriate.

11. Piña Colada Guacamole
If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain… make this summery guacamole variation. Diced pineapple, coconut cream, and a tablespoon of rum set this guac apart.

12. Quinoa Guacamole
Somewhere between a side dish and a dip, this heartier, protein-packed guacamole is ideal for snacking. It’s super simple—just make quinoa according to the directions on the package and mix it with classic guac ingredients.

13. Grilled Guacamole
We’ve talked about the pros of grilled avocados before, but this recipe takes it to the next level. Slap avocado halves, onion slices, and chunks of tomato on the grill for a flavor-packed guacamole option.

14. Bacon-Cojita Guacamole
Bacon and cheese make anything taste better, right? This decadent guacamole features crumbled bacon and chunks of Cojita cheese. Add a generous amount of cilantro, chili pepper, and lime juice to prevent the rich dip from feeling too heavy.

Broccomole

15. Broccomole
The not-so-surprising ingredient that sets this recipe apart is…wait for it…broccoli. “Broccomole” actually contains no avocados at all—just broccoli, onions, jalapeño, olive oil, fat-free cream cheese (which can be subbed for silken tofu, goat cheese, sour cream, or anything else creamy), and spices.

16. Grapefruit Guacamole
Balance out avocados’ creamy texture with chunks of tart grapefruit. It sounds like an odd combination at first, but mixing citrus and guac is actually an ace-in-the-hole idea for a party.

17. Strawberry Peach Guacamole
This fruity (as in, five of the six ingredients are fruit) take on guac is definitely more sweet than spicy. Just mash avocados and add chopped strawberries, peaches, tomato, basil, and a squeeze of lemon. That’s all, folks!

18. Guacamame
This hybrid appetizer combines edamame (soybeans), Greek yogurt, and tomato with classic guacamole ingredients. Pro tip: You’ll need a food processor (or some really strong arms) to grind up the edamame beans.

Smashed Pea Guacamole Photo: James Ransom / Food52

19. Smashed Pea Guacamole With Cilantro, Ginger, and Lime
This unconventional guacamole variation is a little bit fresher than the traditional recipe. Pulse green peas, fresh ginger, and garlic in a food processor and combine the flavorful paste with lime, avocados, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

20. Creamy Greek Yogurt Guacamole
Add some lean protein to snack time by mixing half a cup of Greek yogurt into your guacamole. Shallots, cumin, plum tomatoes, and lime zest make this recipe super bright and light in flavor.

21. Roasted Poblano Guacamole
Don’t get turned off by the long list of ingredients—this recipe is pretty darn simple if you have a well-stocked spice cabinet. The charred Poblano pepper and fresh Serrano pepper give this dip plenty of zing.

22. Avocado Dip with Roasted Garlic and Basil
Based on the ingredients, it might be a bit of a stretch to call this avocado recipe “guacamole”—it’s missing cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeños, for Pete’s sake! But what this dip lacks in traditional ingredients it makes up for in flavor, with three cloves of roasted garlic, fresh basil, and lots of chopped onion.

Crazy Guacamole Recipe Photo: Stephanie / Eat. Drink. Love.

23. Crazy Guacamole
Crazy? More like crazy delicious! Add some oomph to classic guacamole by adding cooked corn, cherry tomatoes, and a ton of lime juice.

24. Tofu Guacamole
Add protein and fiber and save some cash by substituting some of the avocado for tofu in this guacamole recipe. Plus, it’s a wee bit healthier if you (like so many of us) can’t resist plowing through the entire bowl in one sitting!

25. Curry Guacamole
West meets east in this spicy guac variation. Ginger, curry powder, lime zest, honey, and cayenne pepper set this dip apart from most plain Jane guacamoles.

26. Avocado Chutney
While it’s not exactly guacamole, we couldn’t leave this inventive twist on the classic avocado dip out in the cold. It gets its unique flavor from tamarind paste, Aleppo chili flakes, mustard seeds, coconut oil, and curry leaves.

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