This delicious Spicy Guacamole recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare and is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan making it the perfect appetizer or condiment to serve with Mexican meals.
Homemade guacamole is not only delicious but it's nutritious as well boasting a good amount of healthy fat and fiber. This crowd-pleasing dip is most often associated with Mexican-inspired meals, making a great appetizer or condiment but recently it has become so wildly popular that you'll see it served at a variety of occasions such as football parties. Learn more about the history and origins of guacamole.
Here's what you need to make Spicy Guacamole:
- freshripe avocados
- red onion
- hot sauce
- black pepper
- fresh lime juice
- fresh cilantro
See recipe card for quantities.
Here's how to make Spicy Guacamole:
1. Juice the lime and chop the red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and avocado.
2. Mix everything together in a small bowl and serve the finished guacamole with chips or vegetables for dipping.
Hint: I like jalapeno hot sauce in guacamole but any hot sauce will work here.
Want to substitute one of the ingredients for Spicy Guacamole? Here's how:
- Jalapeno - use a habanero, serrano or ghost pepper in place of the jalapeno for extra spicy guacamole or leave the jalapeno out altogether for mild guacamole.
- Fresh lime juice - use an equal amount of bottled lime juice in place of the fresh lime juice.
- Hot sauce - omit the hot sauce and add ¼ - ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper instead.
Try one of these guacamole variations!
- Cumin - add ½ teaspoon of ground cumin to your guacamole.
- Garlic - mince 1 clove of garlic and add it to the guacamole.
- Mild - omit the jalapeno and hot sauce for Guacamole without any spice.
- Fruit - add diced pineapple or mango to the guacamole.
Store Spicy Guacamole at room temperature for 2 hours. After that, the avocado will begin to oxidize and turn brown. Leftover guacamole is safe to refrigerate and eat the next day but it will begin to turn brown while it's in the fridge so it won't look as fresh or appetizing. Try covering it tightly with plastic wrap pressed against the surface to help prevent browning, or try one of these other methods for keeping guacamole from turning brown.
Spicy Guacamole does not freeze well as it will turn an unappetizing shade of brown during the thawing process.
Once in the serving bowl, squirt the top of the Spicy Guacamole with fresh lemon or lime juice to delay the browning process.
That's a matter of personal preference! Some people prefer their guacamole spicy while others prefer it mild. Adjust the heat to suit your own taste by adding or eliminating jalapeno peppers.
If you want some heat in your guacamole but don't have a jalapeno pepper on hand you can use 1-3 tablespoons of hot sauce instead or ⅛-1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Or, if you prefer your guacamole without heat altogether you can simply omit the jalapeno, hot sauce or cayenne.
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Serve Spicy Guacamole with one of these Mexican recipes for a balanced meal the whole family will love:
- Chop the avocado, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro and juice the lime.
- Add everything to a bowl and stir to mix.
- Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping or as a condiment for your favorite Mexican entree.
Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.