Tired of the same old chips and salsa? Try my Game Day Guacamole to get the crowd cheering. It's the perfect tasty and nutritious recipe that's guaranteed to score a touchdown at your Super Bowl party!
Guacamole is the quintessential game day appetizer. It's a classic Mexican dip make by mashing avocados with onions, lime juice, jalapeños, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro. Some recipes also include garlic but the traditional dish doesn't have garlic, as it competes with the natural flavor of the avocado. Made with nutritious, fresh ingredients, guacamole is a simple and delicious appetizer that's hard not to love. It's commonly served with tortilla chips as an appetizer. But you can also use it in a wide variety of other dishes like nachos, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos.
Avocados are Super Foods
Avocados are real super foods! This healthy fruit (yes, it's a fruit, not a vegetable) is packed with beneficial nutrients. Avocados provide a healthy amount of good fats and fiber. The American Heart Association and The Dietary Guideline for Americans recommend replacing bad fats with good fats like those found in avocados. Replacing your intake of saturated fat with unsaturated fat is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular events. Fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, regulates blood sugar, keeps you regular, and may lower the risk of heart disease. If that isn't enough, avocados also contain nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients!
How to Make Authentic Guacamole
Guacamole is classically made and served in a molcajete, which is a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle made from volcanic stone. However, if you don't have one, you can just use a large bowl and mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher.
To make the guacamole, first, peel and pit your avocados and transfer the flesh to a molcajete or bowl. My husband gave me this neat 3-in-1 avocado slicer that splits, pits, and slices avocados. It saves a lot of time if you're using a lot of avocados.
Then, simply mash the avocados until it reaches your desired consistency. You can mash them till they're smooth or leave them a little chunky- it's up to you! Then add the onion, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro, lime juice and salt and mix until combined. Taste and season with more salt as needed. That's it! Serve the guacamole right away as it will start to brown the longer it sits out (see tips on how to prevent this in the FAQ section below).
To scoop up the guacamole, you can serve it with tortilla chips or veggie sticks like carrots and celery. Or you can try making my Baked Spiced Pita Chips instead. I brush whole wheat pita with olive oil, dust them with spices, and bake them in the oven. They're crispy, easy to make, and the smoky spices complement the flavors in the guacamole perfectly.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best type of avocado to use is the small Hass variety. It has a lot of flavor and a creamy consistency that makes it perfect for guacamole. Florida avocados are larger but they contain more water so they're not as good for guacamole. Choose avocados that are firm but still have a little give when you push into them with a finger. If you're not planning to make the guacamole for a day or two, plan ahead and choose firmer avocados.
The flesh of the avocado turns brown due to a reaction called oxidation. It occurs when an enzyme in the flesh reacts with oxygen in the air. It's the same process that occurs in apples and potatoes when you cut them. Although it may be visually unappealing, it's perfectly safe to eat.
The guacamole will brown with time but you can try to slow it down by doing a few things. You can sprinkle some extra lime juice on top of the guacamole. The acid will help slow the oxidation process. Also, if you're making it ahead of time, smooth the surface of the guacamole and put a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface. Then, wrap the whole bowl with more plastic wrap. This will keep as much oxygen away from the guacamole as possible. Some people say that putting the pit of the avocado in the guacamole will prevent browning but that's debatable.
You can cover the guacamole with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for about 3 days.
This recipe is part of my Healthy Super Bowl Recipes Collection
More Game Day Recipes
- Ultimate Chicken Quesadillas
- Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
- Little Italy Meatballs Sliders
- Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili
- Tropical Fish Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
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Game Day Guacamole
- 2 avocados, peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup finely chopped white onion
- ½ jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
- 1 plum tomato, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Kosher salt
Spiced Pita Chips
- 6 whole-wheat pitas
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Mash the avocados in a molcajete or bowl until it reaches your desired consistency. Add the onion, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and mix until combined. Taste and season with more salt as needed. Serve immediately.
- To make the Spiced Pita Chips, preheat oven to 350°F. Brush both sides of the pitas with olive oil and cut each pita into 8 wedges. Place them on one or two baking sheets and sprinkle them with the chili powder, cumin and salt. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through. Remove from oven and cool. The chips will crisp up further as they cool.