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Avocado Recipes - Five Great Ideas!

Updated on April 10, 2013
Guacamole on a sandwich
Guacamole on a sandwich | Source

Avocado Recipes

Ready for some great avocado recipes? The avocado is pretty amazing. It’s a fruit, but it doesn’t taste like a fruit. It doesn’t taste like a vegetable, either. To me, it tastes sort of like a cross between a nut and a creamy dairy product. It’s funny, I used to hate this food when I was a kid. I guess the first time I really enjoyed eating it was on a trip to the Bahamas when I was fifteen. One night in a restaurant there, I had crab salad on avocado, and it was delicious. I began eating the fruit once in a while after that, but I didn’t become a big fan until hubby and I made friends with a Mexican couple who own a local restaurant. Oftentimes now, I crave the luxurious sensation of avocado flesh on my tongue, and I’ve experimented with numerous avocado recipes, including guacamole. In fact, I think I could eat it just about every day. And it’s not just the taste and texture that have me hooked. Avocados have lots of health benefits, too. I’m totally convinced they’ve helped with my weight loss efforts. I’m including five tasty avocado recipes in this article for you to peruse.

Avocado Spread on fajitas
Avocado Spread on fajitas | Source

Avocado Spread

Try using this avocado spread on sandwiches and burgers. I often use it on my sandwich wraps I make with low carb tortillas instead of using a cream cheese spread. It’s also wonderful on fajitas. Before wrapping up a fajita, I like to smear the avocado spread on my soft flour tortilla. I usually use a Hass avocado here because they’re always available, and that variety is actually my favorite – for almost all my avocado recipes. Of course, you can use just about any type you like.

Ingredients:

1 ripe Hass avocado

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon sour cream (regular, low fat, or fat free)

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.


Avocado Salad
Avocado Salad | Source

Avocado Salad Recipe

I made this avocado salad recipe for lunch today, and it was awesome! The creamy avocado was marvelous with the crunchy apples and nuts and the tart tangerine sections. I used pecans in this recipe because that’s what I happened to have in the cabinet. Any type of nuts or seeds would work, so use your favorite. I think next time I might try walnuts or roasted pumpkin seeds.

Ingredients:

9-ounce bag mixed greens

1 Hass avocado, peeled and diced

1 Gala apple, cored and diced

1 cup pineapple chunks

2 tangerines, peeled, seeded, and divided into sections

¼ cup broken pecans

3 tablespoons chopped onion

1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro

¼ cup orange or tangerine juice

¼ cup olive oil

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar or Splenda

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon black pepper

Salt, to taste

Directions: Combine salad greens, apple, pineapple, tangerines, pecans, and onion in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients to make a dressing. If you prefer, use a ready-made raspberry vinaigrette. Drizzle avocado salad with dressing and serve immediately.

Hass Avocado
Hass Avocado | Source

Avocado Dip Recipe

This avocado dip recipe is great with crackers, tortilla chips, pita chips, bagel chips, and potato chips. If you’re dieting, try avocado dip with raw veggies like celery, summer squash, broccoli, cucumbers, or cauliflower. You might also want to use low fat or fat free sour cream or plain yogurt in place of the regular sour cream. You can do this with just about any avocado dip recipes.

Ingredients:

2 Hass avocados, peeled and diced

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons grated onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt, to taste

Directions: Place diced avocados in bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Guacamole
Guacamole | Source

Guacamole

I’ve often wondered how many guacamole recipes there are, since I don’t think I’ve ever tasted two that were exactly alike. Even Mexican restaurants each seem to have their own signature guacamole, and some are better than others. I use several different guacamole recipes, myself, depending on my mood, on who’s going to be eating it, and on what I happen to have in the kitchen at the time. Sometimes I use all fresh ingredients, but at other times, I might use canned tomatoes and canned green chilies.

Guacamole can be cool and creamy, hot and spicy, or anywhere in between. The texture can vary a lot, too. Some folks like guacamole super smooth, while others prefer theirs to be chunky. The most important ingredient in any guacamole recipe is the avocado itself. It needs to be completely ripe. If it’s not soft and ripe, it’s not going to cream well. With an under ripe avocado, you’ll wind up with firm chunks that will be next to impossible to mash.

Best Guacamole
Best Guacamole | Source

Best Guacamole Recipe

I think this is my best guacamole recipe. It’s super quick and easy to make, and it has an amazing flavor, in my opinion. It has enough fresh ingredients to make it bright, and the canned tomatoes provide some richness. The guacamole recipe below is sort of a combination of Mexican guacamole and Guasacaca, a Venezuelan version.

2 ripe avocados, chunked or diced

½ can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained

¼ cup finely diced fresh cilantro

3 tablespoons grated onion, with juice

2 tablespoons finely diced green bell pepper

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt with parsley

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Directions: Place avocado chunks in a glass or plastic bowl and mash.

Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

For super smooth guacamole, process in a blender or food processor.



Fresh Guacamole
Fresh Guacamole | Source

Fresh Guacamole – hot and spicy

Unlike the avocado recipe above, this one is for fresh guacamole. In other words, instead of using canned tomatoes, I use fresh tomatoes and fresh peppers. I prefer to use Roma tomatoes, but if I don’t have any on hand when the guacamole mood strikes, I use regular tomatoes. This hot and spicy homemade guacamole has a wonderful kick to it! The secret that gives it such a great flavor is red curry powder. Yeah, I know – an Asian spice with a Mexican recipe. It might sound strange, but the flavors work well together. By the way, I often make this guacamole with a “chunky” texture.

Rate my Guacamole Recipe! Gracias!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: makes about 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon red curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • hot sauce, to taste, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Peel and dice or cube avocados.
  2. Mash avocados to desired consistency.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, except for tomatoes.
  4. Stir until ingredients are well combined and gently add diced tomatoes. If you prefer a milder guacamole, reduce or leave out the jalapenos and spices. Just use the avocados, the onion, the lime juice, the garlic, the sea salt, and the diced tomatoes for the base. Use your own favorite herbs and spices to customize the basic recipe to best suit your own taste buds, but I strongly recommend adding a little sugar to the mix. The sweetness plays well with the tartness of the lime juice, and it really seems to enhance the natural flavor of the fresh tomato. Use the basic ingredients listed to make more guacamole recipes and avocado recipes.

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      Gislene 

      4 years ago

      ONE this morning (YAY) but I was still hunrgy early. I had some ripe avocados, so I decided to make that clean guacamole recipe from a while ago VERY GOOD!a0 Made crispy barbecue tofu for lunch my daughter

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      emilybee 

      5 years ago

      I love avocado so much and eat one nearly every day. I even sometimes bring them on picnics, slice it in half and scoop it all out :) Delicious!! Great hub, voted up

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Oh yum! yum!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      5 years ago from California

      Holle, this is such a great avocado recipe hub. So many to choose from. Problem is, that I'm hungry.. not a good thing when you are reading fabulous recipes! Would love to link your hub on my Tropical Fruit Varieties hub, since avocado is a tropical fruit! :) Definitely bookmarking. sharing and voting up!--Lisa♥

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love avocados, and buy several every time I buy groceries. I like to add them to my tossed salads, and on my sandwiches. I have a few recipes in a Mexican cookbook that I want to try out, too.

      I didn't realize they didn't need to be refrigerated. That makes sense, since they are not in a cooler in the store. That's very convenient.

      I remember that I didn't care for them when I was a kid, either. It wasn't until I was in my early 30's that I tried them again, and decided they were delicious!

      Thanks for sharing these recipes. I am sharing this!

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Becky, I find that hot spices are quickly cooled down with some chilled avocado. I really like the combo!

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      Becky 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love avocados and usually eat them either plain or in a salad or dip. I've never tried spicy avocados but will have to give it a try. Thanks for the ideas and recipes.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, foodfanatical!

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      Food Fanatic 

      5 years ago

      I loooove avocado! Thanks for this list.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      CS, I'm so glad I developed a taste for avocado! They're super healthy.

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Leah, that's about the same amount of tomato I'd use in guacamole, but I don't always include diced tomato. Thanks for reading!

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      Craig Gibson 

      5 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      A great compilation of ideas for eating avocados. I love avocados especially in homemade guacamole. thanks for the ideas.

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      Leah Wells-Marshburn 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Habee, I make my guacamole just like the last recipe you posted, minus the curry and sugar. I'll try a little sugar next time. I think the fresher the ingredients, the better. Nothing is as good as fresh peppers, cilantro, garlic, and avocados! I noticed in the last recipe that you didn't include tomatoes in the ingredient list, but you said you like to add them. How much tomato do you usually use with this amount? I probably only use 1 smallish Roma, diced finely. The best thing about guacamole is that you can adapt it to whatever your personal preferences are. I personally don't like any mayo or sour cream in mine, but I've seen a lot of other people who do enjoy it that way.

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Career, you're very welcome! I love easy recipes when I'm in a hurry or when the grandkids are helping in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      habee, thanks for sharing these recipes. I'm always looking for ideas to make with my avocados. I love the Guacamole recipes. Easy recipes are right up my alley!

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I really appreciate that, random!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Avocados are one of my all-time favorite foods. My mouth is watering now. Thanks for the mix of unique recipes! There is something here for everyone.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      livingsta, I know in some countries they use avocado for desserts, but I've never tried such a dish. I'd be willing to try one, though! Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Well agapsikap, I don't think I'd like an avocado milkshake, but you might! lol

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      livingsta 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Habee, thank you for these interesting recipes. Your mix of various continents in the recipe is great. I do that all the time and create my own recipes :-)

      You might laugh, if you listen to my avocado recipe. I like it creamy with milk and sugar. If you use avocado out of fridge, cold milk and sugar and blend it to a creamy texture, it tastes like ice-cream :) And I like it that way.

      I should definitely try a few of these recipes. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Votes up and sharing!

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      agapsikap 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Your avocado recipes are very yummy. Fresh Guacamole, hot and spicy... i wanna give it a try habee but its summertime, can I have it with milk avocado shake ? hmmm, what do you think...

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, I'm sure you'll put them to good use with some avocado recipes! Yum!

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      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      Thanks habee, I have 2 avocados in my fridge right now!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      De nada, Doc. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      BB, I guess you're not a fan of Mexican food, huh? I like to eat REALLY hot and spicy food and follow it up with cool avocado!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      I'm sharing your delicious avocado recipes, Holle, with a good friend who is an avocado aficianado. Muchas gracias.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know, I honestly don't think I have ever eaten an avocado. I know, I know, pretty darn weird. LOL I might have to try out one of these recipes so I don't go to my grave having never eaten one. :)

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Carol, as always, your support is much appreciated!

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      GG, I guess we "Georgia gals" think alike! lol

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      khmazz, I think I'm in love with these fruits, too!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Not to be shown when starved. Excellent avocado ideas and I almost always have some ready to eat. Thanks for all the suggestions. Voting up++++and pinning.

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      Mrs Clark 

      5 years ago from United States

      Avocados are on my grocery list today. How did you know Habee? :)

      I love avocado anything and especially a chunky gaucamole! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      I am in love with avocados!! The dip looks amazing! I will have to try these out :) Thanks for sharing them!

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