Easy Guacamole Recipe: Spicy Avocado Dip
Guacamole is a dip or spread that is made from the ripened avocado. In Jamaica avocado is known as "pear". Guacamole is not a very popular dish in my country but I have come to love it and make it whenever avocado is in season.
My recipe is a bit different yet very simple from the recipes I have seen. I like my guacamole very spicy, salty and tangy. I also love using garlic which adds to the spiciness and gives a unique garlic flavor.
Of course you will need a breath mint if you intend to use my recipe but I assure you it's worth it.
- Prep time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: serves 4 people
- 1 very ripe avocado
- the juice from one lime
- 1 large garlic clove, mashed to a paste with salt
- 1 tsp finely minced scallion
- 1/2 shallot, finely diced
- cayenne pepper
- black pepper
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeded
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Halve the avocado, remove seed and peel.
- In a bowl, use a fork to mash avocado to desired texture. I like mine a little chunky.
- Using a mortar and pestle crush garlic with a pinch of salt to make a paste.
- Add garlic to mashed avocado along with shallots and scallion.
- Finely mince the scotch bonnet and add to bowl as well.
- Juice lime and add to your avocado bowl.
- Add two pinches of salt. Stir to combine ingredients. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
- Add olive oil and stir.
- Sprinkle cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper on top and your easy guacamole recipe is ready.
- Chill until ready to serve.
The lime or lemon juice and olive oil helps to keep the dip from turning brown.
Cover with plastic wrap when refrigerating.
Save seed and place in center when refrigerating. This help to keep the dip from changing color as well.
If you don't have lime or lemon, use vinegar for flavor.
Nutrition for Spicy Avocado dip
|Calories from Fat||72|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 8 g||12%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 5 g|
|Carbohydrates 5 g||2%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Value per serving
Variations for your guacamole
Guacamole can be made in several ways and you can add or take away ingredients to suit your own taste. Here are some variations you may like:
- Tahini paste. Tahini paste is made from sesame seeds and is mostly used in Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. I discovered by experimenting that avocado dip tastes great with the tahini paste. Just about a teaspoon will zip up the flavor.
- Tomatoes. Seeded and diced will add a difference.
- Parsley adds a very nice flavor.
- Capers adds a bit of saltiness.
- Salted cod fish(finely minced)
- Bell Peppers will also add a bit of crunch and sweetness. Try different colors such as red and yellow.
- By adding mangoes or pineapples you add a bit of sweetness to your dip as well
- if you are hypertensive, reduce or omit the salt. Avocado taste great by itself.
- Toast the garlic before adding , that way if you are sensitive to garlic then it wont affect you
- Leave off the hot peppers and just add black pepper instead.
1/2 ripened Haas avocado, seed removed and peeled
1 cup yogurt, plain
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ice cubes
In a blender scoop avocado, add yogurt, milk, vanilla, honey and ice cubes. Puree until smooth. Garnish with fresh mint or strawberry. Add other fruits if you like. Serves 2
A little about the Avocado
This fruit was first grown in Central Mexico and is also known as alligator pear. The avocado grows well under tropical conditions and is liked by most people who try it.
The flesh of the avocado is yellow and green with skins that range from green to purple when ripe. There are different species of the avocado, some with a long stem while others are shorter.
Here are some species of avocado:
- ....and many more.
Some of these are crossbred or lab bred but the Haas is the most popular of the lot and is mostly found in California.