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SPICY GUACAMOLE {with Pomegranates & Pepitas}

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Guacamole is the perfect dip for serving at a party and this sweet and spicy guacamole recipe has the perfect amount of spice and lime and studded with tart pomegranate arils and toasted pepitas!

bowl of guacamole

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

SPICY GUACAMOLE RECIPE

The perfect guacamole recipe is also a simple guacamole recipe. It all starts with the freshest ingredients that are perfectly ripe and full of flavor.

Starting with a delicious base is key! Guacamole, simple as it may be, is so versatile and sets the stage for different variations and flavor profiles.

Real guacamole contains only avocados, lime, cilantro, onion, and salt. When I found out that the authentic guacamole recipe didn’t contain jalapeño or tomato or garlic for that matter, I was floored.

All the times I have eaten guac in my life, it has had these three ingredients. It took me moving to Arizona to discover true guacamole.

Having had the original, I feel confident in experimenting with my guacamole recipe and adding in new flavors and textures.

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bowl of guacamole

So now that you know true guacamole isn’t spicy, you can shake it off and get back to adding a kick to flavor along with some other ingredients for fun.

HOW TO MAKE SPICY GUACAMOLE

  1. Start with ripe Avocados from Mexico
  2. Slice the avocado in half with a sharp knife.
  3. Twist the two halves, separate, and remove the seed.
  4. Run your knife through the flesh scoring the avocado into sections (taking care not to cut all the way through the skin and into your hand) and scoop out the avocado chunks into a mixing bowl.
  5. Immediately add in the lime juice to keep the avocados from turning brown.
  6. Mash slightly with a fork, and add in the cilantro, finely diced onion, and salt.
  7. Stir gently to combine as you don’t want to completely mash the avocado into a paste.
  8. Add in your flavor enhancers or extra goodies (see below) and enjoy with chips!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Score the avocado flesh with a knife before scooping out into a bowl for easier mashing. | Take Two Tapas | #Guacamole #Pomegranate #SavorWinningFlavors #AvocadosFromMexico #HAVEARITA #FlavorYourWorld

Now that we have our guacamole, let’s turn it into spicy guacamole! To give the creamy avocados and tart lime a little kick, I add fresh jalapeño and Tabasco® Pepper Sauce.

I use Tabasco® Sauce when I make salad dressings and other dips because it is not just a condiment that you add on at the end!

The peppers and other simple ingredients that are used in making it, add another layer of heat and the vinegar and salt deepen the flavors of the other ingredients in the recipe. In this case, it accentuates the flavors of the lime and jalapeño!

Our guac recipe is spicy, so let’s add some extra goodies that will make it out of this world! True guacamole doesn’t contain tomatoes but I love them!! If I have some flavorful and ripe tomatoes lying around I will chop them small and toss them in. Heirloom tomatoes add a burst of color too😁!

For even more color I like to add pomegranate arils. The arils are a deep purple color, add a little texture, and when they pop in your mouth they release all their tart and slightly sweet juice.

I always add these to my guacamole dip when pomegranates are in season. Don’t worry if they are not in season you can still find pomegranate seeds in your produce section already removed from the skin. How easy is that?

A dash of Tabasco® Sauce gives the perfect amount of heat! Sweet and Spicy Pomegranate Guacamole | Take Two Tapas | #Guacamole #Pomegranate #SavorWinningFlavors #AvocadosFromMexico #HAVEARITA #FlavorYourWorld

HOW DO YOU MAKE GUACAMOLE BETTER?

Because guacamole is creamy and soft by nature, I like to add in some crunch. I know I know, I can’t leave well enough alone, but a little crunch does add something fun to guacamole.

Sunflower seeds used to by my go-to add-in but now I like to add toasted pepitas. Even though they are small, they pack a nutty punch! I fold some in the guacamole and then sprinkle some on top for a gorgeous presentation!

CAN I FREEZE GUACAMOLE?

Yes you can, just leave out the onion, tomatoes, and other add-ins. Make the guac with just the avocados, lime, salt, and cilantro and freeze for up to 3 months.

Store in plastic freezer bags and be sure to remove as much air as possible.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

Once made, store the guacamole with a cut onion in the container or with plastic wrap pressed down onto the surface, in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

ARE AVOCADOS HEALTHY?

Yes it is! Avocados from Mexico are a unique, healthy fruit because they contain unsaturated fat or “good fats”, and can act as a nutrient booster by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients.

All the other ingredients including the onion, lime, salt, and other add-ins are healthy too! Avocados from Mexico are always worth it because they’re healthy, delicious, and always in season.

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Sweet and Spicy Pomegranate Guacamole is the perfect way to start a party with creamy avocados and tart pomegranate seeds. | Take Two Tapas | #Guacamole #Pomegranate #SavorWinningFlavors #AvocadosFromMexico #HAVEARITA #FlavorYourWorld

Now that you have the best guacamole on the planet in a serving bowl surrounded by tortilla chips, the tv is on, you’re dressed in your favorite team colors, and all your friends are over to watch the big game, you need something to serve with it!

If you are like me you are already picturing, or even reaching for, a margarita.

Instead of all that measuring, mixing, and pouring, serve RITAS! Fizzy and the with the perfect amount of lime, Lime-A-Rita is my favorite of the RITAS, and will help you savor the flavor of this spicy guacamole and the chips you are using to shovel it into your mouth!

When you are getting ready for the big game by gathering decorations in your team colors, moving extra TVs into the room so everyone can see, and planning your menu of awesome tailgating snacks, be sure to include this sweet & spicy guac.

Creamy, spicy, sweet, and with a little crunch, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Matter of fact, you might want to make 2 or 3 batches because it is guaranteed to be the first thing to go. Make sure you add an extra bag of chips to the list too😁!

Tart and Spicy Pomegranate Guac is studded with pepitas and pomegranate arils. | Take Two Tapas | #Guacamole #Pomegranate #SavorWinningFlavors #AvocadosFromMexico #HAVEARITA #FlavorYourWorld

EASY APPETIZERS TO MAKE

A person is dipping a chip in to the guacamole

Sweet and Spicy Guacamole

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Guacamole is the perfect dip for serving at a party and this sweet and spicy guacamole recipe has the perfect amount of spice and lime and studded with tart pomegranate arils and toasted pepitas!

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados from Mexico (ripe)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (diced small)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped fine)
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño (fresh, diced fine)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced fine)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco® Sauce
  • juice of 2 limes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Grab a mixing bowl.
  2. Start with ripe Avocados from Mexico.
  3. Slice the avocado in half with a sharp knife.
  4. Twist the two halves, separate, and remove the seed.
  5. Run your knife through the flesh scoring the avocado into sections (taking care not to cut all the way through the skin and into your hand).
  6. Scoop out the avocado chunks into a mixing bowl.
  7. Immediately add in the lime juice to keep the avocados from turning brown.
  8. Mash the avocados slightly with a fork.
  9. Add in the cilantro, finely diced onion, and salt.
  10. Stir gently to combine as you don't want to completely mash the avocado into a paste.
  11. Add in the jalapenos, Tabasco® Pepper Sauce, and garlic.
  12. Stir to combine.
  13. Taste and add in any additional salt and pepper if might need.
  14. Gently fold in the pepitas and pomegranate arils, leaving a little out of each to garnish the top.
  15. Sprinkle the top with the remaining pepitas and arils.
  16. Transfer the spicy guacamole to a serving dish and surround it with plenty of chips!
  17. For maximum enjoyability, serve with a Lime-A-Rita!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 6g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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