Has there ever been a chip, a burrito, or a taco that tasted better without a dollop of guacamole? We think not, which is why we need to admit to having meltdowns after reaching inside to-go order bags only to discover that someone forgot the guac. If you've been there, you know that it's not a pleasant memory, so we won't dwell. And we have an easy solution to the missing guacamole debacle that also happens to satisfy any dietary concerns and or budgeting restrictions (you know, since it always costs extra): Make your own at home.
Just in case you need another reason to love homemade guacamole, we're here to remind you that all the typical ingredients it calls for are full of health benefits. For example, the healthy fats in avocado can reduce inflammation, while the high fiber content maintains gut health, and garlic supports optimal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Now that we've piqued your appetites, scroll through the seven healthy recipes below.
Whether you're in the mood for something offbeat and experimental or you just want to go with a classic recipe that's made with the best ingredients around, you're about to be in guac heaven.
Skinny Asparagus Guacamole
This asparagus guacamole recipe only contains just over 21 calories per serving because it's packed with asparagus instead of avocado to lighten up the spread. But don't worry, you won't even notice it's gone. So you can make this guacamole dip even healthier without compromising on taste.
Spicy and citrusy and perfectly creamy, this recipe is ideal for anyone who can never squeeze enough lime in their guac. With Thai chili pepper and chopped mint leaves it strikes the perfect balance between unique, intriguing, and classic.
Berry Roasted Corn Guacamole
Who knew blueberries and avocados got along so well? Spiked with sweet corn and blueberries, this guacamole recipe is a must-try if you like to mix your sweet with your savory. It also calls for tomatoes and zesty spices for a fun flavor trip.
If you're looking for a delicious, no-frills recipe to get your guacamole fix, look no further. It only takes a few minutes to make, and all you need is avocado, lime, jalopeño chile, tomato, red onion, garlic, cilantro, and a pinch of salt.
Garlic lovers, this one's for you. Both crunchy and creamy, this vegan guacamole calls for the usual suspects (avocado and lime juice) plus minced garlic cloves, diced red onions, and cilantro for garnish. Enjoy it with Minimalist Baker's baked plantain chips for a healthier, grain-free chip option.
Mint Sweat Pea Guacamole
This fresh, light guacamole is the perfect appetizer if you're looking for something equally creative and delicious. With fresh mint leaves, serrano chiles, scallions, lime juice, and sweet peas, you'll want to make this recipe again and again.
Roasted Tomato Guacamole
When you can't choose between guacamole and tomato salsa, just combine them into one bowl. Or something like that… This version is complete with roasted cherry tomatoes, charred lime, jalapeño, fresh cilantro, diced sweet onion, and salt and pepper. If you aren't worried about cutting back for a healthier guac, douse the bowl with crumbled queso fresco.
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