This avocado dip recipe is a delicious alternative to guacamole. Thanks to the ripe avocado, it is lusciously creamy and overflowing with the flavors of lime, cilantro, and jalapeno. The dip is easy to prepare and can stay green for a few days.
Rather than scooping it up with tortilla chips, we complement its creaminess with an abundance of fresh vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and celery.
Differences Between Dip and Guacamole
Both guacamole and avocado dip originated in Mexico and have been a part of the culinary landscape for a considerable amount of time. Plus, both have the same main ingredient: avocado.
The avocado dip is an avocado base that has been seasoned with garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, salt, and lime juice and blended for a smooth consistency. Guacamole, on the other hand, is mashed using a fork. It is also a bit more versatile as its avocado base can go along with chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro, pepper, and a variety of spices.
As a result, the avocado dip is gentler and more neutral, while guacamole is more robust in flavor.
Our avocado dip, unlike store-bought creamy dips, is prepared with healthy and fresh ingredients. It’s a dip that makes you feel good!
Avocado is rich in nutrients and health-promoting features due to the fact that it is primarily composed of heart-healthy fats. The high monounsaturated fat content, which may aid in blood sugar regulation and cholesterol reduction. In addition, the fruit with its high fiber content may benefit your digestive health.
Furthermore, the nutritional advantages of this dip are better when served with fresh veggies. Together, the ingredients provide a healthy amount of macro and micronutrients to our bodies.
Ingredients for This Recipe
As the name suggests, avocados are the most essential ingredient for this dip recipe. Ripe avocados are excellent for generating a buttery flavor and creamy texture.
Choose ones that are soft but not overly mushy. As the avocados will ultimately be blended, you only need to remove the pit, cut the fruit into wedges, and peel the outer shell. You also need garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno for aroma and refreshing mouthfeel.
We try to keep the seasonings simple. Only salt and lime juice are added to amp up the flavor and impart a zesty undertone. Additionally, the citrus juice will slow down the browning process of the avocado dip.
Best Ways to Make
This recipe is best made in a food processor, so it can be blended into a creamy green sauce in just a few seconds.
Not possessing one of the tools? You can still manually prepare a thick avocado dip. Simply mash the avocados with a fork and combine them with the remaining ingredients. It’s not nearly as beautiful and creamy-looking, but it works.
How to Serve
This creamy, zesty, and fresh avocado dip is a delightful appetizer or snack for any time of the year. We often eat it with crackers or fresh vegetables to dip, but it also goes well with a colorful plate of crudités.
You may also thin down the avocado dip to make a sauce that can be drizzled on nachos, burgers, or sandwiches.
How to Store the Leftovers
The avocado dip may be refrigerated for up to 3 days. The acidity of the lime juice keeps it from browning as rapidly as traditional guacamole.
To prevent browning, cover the dip bowl or container with plastic wrap pressed on the surface of the dip one day ahead of time. Then place it in the refrigerator. It may be necessary to stir to recombine liquid that has separated over time.
Slice the ripe avocado in half, remove the pit and peel the outer skin. Measure 14 oz.
Chop 0.5 oz jalapeno pepper.
Chop 1/4 cup cilantro.
Finely chop 1 tbsp garlic.
Slice the cucumber into sticks. Remove the core if necessary and measure 4 oz.
Slice carrots into sticks and measure 4 oz.
Slice bell pepper into sticks and measure 4 oz.
Cut celery ribs into sticks and measure 4 oz.
Combine 14 oz avocado, 0.5 oz jalapeno, 1/4 cup cilantro, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tbsp garlic, and 1 tbsp lime juice into the food processor.
Blend in 20 - 30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Put the dip into a small bowl.
Assemble the vegetables and serve: Arrange 4 oz cucumber, 4 oz celery, 4 oz red bell pepper, 4 oz carrot, and 1.5 oz tortilla chips onto a big plate. Scoop the vegetables into the avocado dip and enjoy.
How to Make Avocado Dip
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 256Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Vitamin A 5891IU
Vitamin C 55mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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