By Chrissy Giglio

Published on June 27, 2017

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Guacamole: It’s not just about avocado. Here’s how to turn any bowl of guac into the highlight of the table with creative ingredients. From fruity touches to hints of savory flavors, your dip game is going to be stronger than ever this summer. Get dipping, but we’re warning you: You won’t be able to stop. 

Caramelized Pineapple and Bacon

There’s no need to choose between sweet and savory when you can combine both flavor elements to make the ultimate dip. How Sweet Eats nailed this recipe by pairing caramelized pineapple with bacon for the most flavorful guacamole there is. Keep it going by using crumbled goat cheese to bring even more unexpected flavor notes. 

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Avocado and Kale

Guacamole is generally a pretty healthy snacking option, but it can be made even better with the addition of some greens. Cookie and Kate does just that be incorporating kale into the recipe. Simply use a food processor to make the avocado and kale combination as smooth as possible. Season this to your personal taste for a guilt-free snack. 

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Bacon Goat Cheese

Throwing some perfectly cooked bacon into the mix is always a good idea. And this savory delight from The Pioneer Woman does just that. Instead of adding salt to your avocado, let the bacon pieces and goat cheese crumbles bring out all the flavor you need. 

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Shellfish Add-Ins

Follow along with Vodka and Biscuits to put together the ideal combination of avocado and shellfish. Lobster, shrimp, and crab all go perfectly with avocado, so take your pick, and try it out. Mix up a traditional guac, and let the seafood really steal the show. 

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Mango and Jalapeño

Put a tropical spin on guacamole with mango. Wholefully shares the perfect measurements to really appreciate this flavorful fruit. Lime, cilantro, and jalapeño make the list, too, to make this recipe even more delicious. 

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Greek Inspired

Simply Scratch puts a Greek spin on guacamole by using feta cheese to introduce a completely different flavor than you would expect. Paired with lots of diced tomatoes and seasonings, it becomes the ideal snack for outdoor dining in the hot weather. 

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Sweet Corn

Each scoop will have a little extra texture thanks to this summertime recipe from Uproot Kitchen. Grilled corn and pumpkin seeds add crunch to this otherwise creamy dip, and we can’t help but love it. Spice things up with jalapeños to really kick this appetizer up a notch. 

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Green Chili and Roasted Tomato

Instead of diced tomatoes, this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod incorporates whole cherry tomatoes to really add a burst of flavor to every bite. Roast these tiny tomatoes in the oven, and then gently stir them into the smashed avocado. Top it off with cotija cheese for the perfect blend of flavors. 

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Roasted Pineapple

While on the subject of roasting, let’s talk pineapple. Pineapple pairs well with many Mexican dishes, and guacamole is no exception. Try this recipe from The Food Wright to create a fantastic dip for next time you’re dining al fresco. Whether scooped onto a chip or dolloped on a meal, this pineapple guac is sure to be a hit.

 
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Mango and Pomegranate

Get creative by mixing in a few different kinds of fruit to really get the flavors going. Not sure which fruits to combine? Creme de la Crumb suggests trying pomegranate and mango for starters. Balance out the sweet, fruity flavors with cumin and garlic to create a complex taste that nobody will be able to stop eating. 

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