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Sorry, Chipotle, but these healthier-for-you guacamole recipes have you beat.

Guacamole is the Paleo panacea, a solution to all our non-dairy creamy needs. In every savory application where we might use mayonnaise, sour cream, or hummus for a creamy agent—think sandwiches, tacos, salads, and good old fashioned dips—guacamole makes a worthy substitute. In some cases, it even fits into the sweeter end of the spectrum—make a quick mango salad and throw some guacamole on it. Trust us.

Guacamole purists recognize that the good stuff requires only perfectly ripe avocados, lime juice, salt and cilantro. All of the decadence is housed in Hass avocados, sliced at peak ripeness to reveal buttery, pliant but not-too-mushy flesh. Whether you preserve some chunk or opt for full smoothness, you’ll love the sustaining, rich flavor of the healthy fats in avocados.

Don’t fear the fat, either. Avocados are composed mainly of monounsaturated and saturated fats, which, like the fats in olive oil, provide sustaining and necessary energy. They’re also chock full of macronutrients like Vitamin K1 and Vitamin B9—absorbed easily because the fats in avocados help the absorption process along.

We’ve provided you a basic recipe for guacamole that bests even Chipotle’s recipe—they’ve got similar flavors, but why mess around their red onion? If you’re looking for more exciting variations, we’ve got uber-rich, sweet, and spicy covered. Not that we have to convince you, but crispy bacon adds texture and bacon flavor (technical term) to an already decadent treat. On the sweeter side, mini sweet peppers and small and sweet tomatoes brighten up your dip. Finally, quick-roasted Pasilla peppers and jalapeños coalesce into an intensely spicy guacamole, satisfying the most fiery of appetites.

Simple Guacamole Recipe

If you’re a fan of Chipotle’s guacamole recipes, you’ll love this healthier-for-you version.

Simple Guacamole Recipe

Simple Guacamole Recipe
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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 T dried cilantro (or 2 T fresh)
  • 1 t salt

How to Make It

How to Make Easy Guacamole

1. Slice avocado in half and score flesh. Scoop into bowl, add lime juice, cilantro and salt and mash to desired consistency.

Bacon Guacamole Recipe

Further proof that bacon goes with everything.

Bacon Guacamole Recipe

Bacon Guacamole Recipe
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Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 T dried cilantro (or 2 T fresh)
  • 1 t salt

How to Make It

 

bacon guacamole recipe ingredients

1. Fry bacon slices until crispy. Allow them to cool slightly, then crumble.
2. Slice avocado in half and score flesh. Scoop into bowl, add crumbled bacon, lime juice, cilantro and salt and mash to desired consistency.

Simple & Sweet Guacamole Recipe

A simply sweet twist to your basic guacamole recipe.

Simple & Sweet Guacamole Recipe

Simple & Sweet Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 mini sweet peppers
  • 4 small tomatoes (we used mini heirloom, but cherry or grape work too)
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 T dried cilantro (or 2 T fresh)
  • 1 t salt

How to Make It

Sweet Pepper Guacamole Recipe

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1. Finely dice your sweet peppers and tomatoes.
2. Slice avocado in half and score flesh. Scoop into bowl, add diced sweet peppers and tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro and salt and mash to desired consistency.

Roasted Pasilla Pepper and Jalapeno Guacamole

This spicy guacamole recipe brings just the right amount of heat to please your palate.

Roasted Pasilla Pepper and Jalapeno Guacamole

Roasted Pasilla Pepper and Jalapeno Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 jalapeños
  • 4 Pasilla peppers
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 T dried cilantro (or 2 T fresh)
  • 1 t salt

How to Make It

How to Make Spicy Guacamole

1. Turn on broiler. Wash Pasilla peppers, then broil them until slightly blackened, about 5 minutes a side. Allow to cool slightly, then finely dice Pasilla peppers and jalapenos.
2. Slice avocado in half and score flesh. Scoop into bowl, add diced Pasilla peppers and jalapenos, lime juice, cilantro and salt and mash to desired consistency.

This article was republished with permission from blog.paleohacks.com.

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