There are so many reasons to love guacamole. The Mexican dish (which literally means “avocado sauce” in the Nahuatl dialect) is creamy, refreshing, spicy, and just about perfect atop nearly any food. 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 there’s nothing wrong with a little extra seasoning—in fact, adding fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, spices, and herbs only makes us love the versatile dip even more. Check out 26 of our favorite game-changing guacamole recipes below.
It’s important to walk before you can run. This basic guacamole is a good place to start. With avocados, lime, red onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and salt, it’s a perfect recipe for guac beginners (or purists).
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.
This recipe combines all the best parts of a burrito bowl: black beans, corn, and, of course, avocado. Cilantro, lime, and jalapeño pack in extra flavor; for even more spice, sprinkle on some red pepper flakes.
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.
This is a flavor combo we didn’t know we needed. Roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado, and red onion combine with olive oil, basil, and garlic in this fresh, Italian-style dip.
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.
Why choose between dips when you can combine two into one awesome dish? First, blend avocado, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and cumin. When that’s all blended, add the chickpeas and mix until smooth. Hummus and guacamole cravings solved.
Fruit-filled guacamole is delish, and apple guac is no exception. Green apples add a tart crunch to the otherwise classic dip (it also calls for red onion, cilantro, and lime juice), and a jalapeño spices things up a bit.
Chop red onion, peaches, a jalapeño, and cilantro roughly to achieve this recipe’s sweet and spicy taste and ultra-chunky texture.
Paleo friendly and Whole30 compliant, this guacamole recipe is a festive way to stick to your healthy-eating goals. Plus, it’s super easy to make, with just six ingredients: avocado, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, lime, salt, and pepper.
Give your guac a Mediterranean-inspired twist with fresh veggies and herbs. Mix avocado with sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and kalamata olives, plus a sprinkle of oregano and parsley.
Stay on track with this crispy Paleo guacamole recipe. Chop up radishes and onions; squeeze the juice out of a small lime; and then mix with three ripe avocados, garlic powder, and pink Himalayan sea salt.
We’ve talked about the pros of grilled avocados before, but this recipe takes it to the next level. Slap avocado halves, onion slices, jalapeño, limes, and chunks of tomato on the grill for a flavor-packed guacamole option.
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.
Peas sound like an odd thing to put in guacamole, but they add a thicker texture and slight sweetness to the dip. Cook 1/4 cup fresh peas (about 15 pea pods), then mash with avocado. Add in coriander seeds and fresh mint for a unique flavor that upgrades guac from game-day snack to dinner party-approved side.
Spice up avocados’ creamy texture with chunks of sweet mango and spicy chili, and keep it fresh by using lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Partygoers will love this colorful and flavor-jammed guacamole recipe.
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!
This hybrid appetizer combines edamame, 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.
Feed the troops with this unconventional and filling spicy guacamole recipe. It combines cheddar cheese, black beans, tomato, and green onions. Only downside? It’ll be gone before you know it.
Add some lean protein to snack time by mixing 1/4 cup Greek yogurt into your guacamole. Serve with carrot sticks, celery, or whole-wheat crackers for an extra-healthy mini-meal.
Get your roast on with this crunchy guacamole recipe. Poblano peppers go in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 475 degrees, and sweet corn gets charred in a skillet for 5-10 minutes. Once cooled, mix the two with avocado, cilantro, white onion, and lime juice.
Another heartier recipe is topped with crispy crumbled bacon and creamy, tangy feta cheese. Did someone say football season?
Deconstructed fajitas? Sign us up. This genius recipe uses onions, red and green peppers, lime, and queso fresco to make a Mexican fiesta in your mouth.
Add protein to your dip by substituting some of the avocado for fresh crabmeat. It’s a filling and surprising addition, and way easier than making crab cakes. Serve with sesame crackers or crispy bread.
Bananas in guacamole? Yep, it’s a thing, and we love it. Mix a banana with avocados, chopped cashews, and the juice of half a lime. Sprinkle on some garlic salt and cumin, and you’ve got an extra-creamy guac with a dose of protein.
While it’s not exactly guacamole, we couldn’t leave this inventive twist on the classic avocado dip out in the cold. It can be added to salads, chicken, crackers, or veggies, and is made with pistachios, avocado, jalapeño, lime, and garlic.
Originally published September 2014. Updated December 2016.