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Step up your guacamole game with these 8 mind-blowing recipes


Pomegranate guacamole Pin It
Photo: Cookie and Kate
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You know guac costs extra—and whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or just your average Wednesday, you’re willing to throw down every time.

Which means that, while the fatty (in a good way) fruit tastes delicious when it’s just mashed up and seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, you’re definitely ready to take the good-for-you dip to next-level status.

Rounded up here are healthy guac recipes with an unexpected twist. Whether it’s adding in super-berries (goji + guac = love) or making yours Indian-style, prepare to up your chip game.

Here are eight brilliant guac recipes to help you shake things up.

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Mango lime guacamole
Photo: Love and Lemons

1. Guac twist: Mango & goji

Opposites attract—especially when it comes to sweet and spicy. In this recipe, mango and goji berries add a sweet, tangy touch to an otherwise fiery dish. Bonus: Your friends will want to know what that magic ingredient is.

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Green spirulina cilantro guacamole
Photo: Naturally Sassy

2. Guac twist: Spirulina

As the only plant that contains all essential amino acids, spirulina is a serious source of protein—no al pastor taco order necessary. Who says the magical algae is reserved for unicorn food only?

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Mint guacamole
Photo: Bonnie Savage

3. Guac twist: Mint 

Pro tip: Adding mint automatically elevates your guac, making the dip taste even fresher than usual. Plus, who doesn’t love an ingredient you can pick up at the farmers’ market?

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Avocado-free guacamole
Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie

4. Guac twist: No avocados

Wait, guacamole without the avocado? It’s not sacrilege—at least, not when it tastes this good. If you’re allergic to the fruit or just can’t stomach spending $3 a pop, swap in asparagus, which is just as delicious and slightly heartier.

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Healthy green guacamole
Photo: Cookie + Kate

5. Guac twist: Kale

Talk about a genius way to get your greens. The kale in this dish is blended super finely, so that it doesn’t overpower the star (avocado, natch).

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Greek salad guacamole
Photo: Minimalist Baker

6. Guac twist: Kalamata olives

Guacamole may be a Mexican staple, but add in some olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and parsley and suddenly you’ve got a Greek-inspired dip that could replace your hummus habit.

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Curry pea guacamole
Photo: Nutrition Stripped

7. Guac twist: Curry powder

If going Greek isn’t your thing, you can spice up your guac—literally—with curry powder for a delicious, Indian-inspired take. Bonus: This spread can double as the “sauce” on cauliflower crust pizza.

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Pomegranate guacamole
Photo: Cookie and Kate

8. Guac twist: Pomegranate seeds

Not only does this dip look good, but the so-weird-it-works ingredient combo tastes delicious too. Think jalapenos, pomegranate seeds, and feta—a little spicy, a little salty, a little sweet, a little smooth, a little crunchy, and a lot tasty.

If you have some leftover avocados, mix up this avo-margarita. And if you’re eating at Chipotle, you’ll want to memorize this guide to healthy menu hacks.