Gallery: 12+ Ways to Amp Your Guac

Taste the Rainbow
Taste the Rainbow
Yep, that's an awful lot of guacamole. 24 avocados worth, to be precise!
The Classic
The Classic
For those who like their guac the classic way: just some lime juice, onions, serrano chile, and garlic. Simple and unadorned. Get the classic recipe here »
Citrus Exchange
Citrus Exchange
Swapping out the traditional lime for lemon, bitter orange, or even grapefruit is a quick way to alter the profile of your guac. Adding a bit of zest or even mashing a few citrus segments directly into it can amplify the effect.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
In college we used to play a game with the eggnog at our holiday party, labeling them The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, depending on the degree they were spiked to. I like to do a similar thing with my guac at parties. Good's got no chilis. Bad's got a couple serranos or perhaps a jalapeño. Ugly comes on strong with the full force of a couple chopped habañero peppers. Don't forget to wear gloves and don't rub your eyes! (If you're feeling especially pranky, feel free to swap the labels around.)
Basic Vegetable Variations
Basic Vegetable Variations
A simple way to add a little oomph to your guacamole? Add different vegetables: a bit of chopped tomato added in to the mix (hint: salt your tomato and let it drain for 10 minutes before adding to intensify flavor and prevent your guac from getting watered down). Red onion makes a nice alternative to yellow, as do Vidalias or even scallions.
Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic Guacamole is a sweeter, more caramelized alternative to the original, which is typically made with raw garlic. Get the recipe!
Charred Corn and Black Beans
Charred Corn and Black Beans
If guacamole isn't southwestern enough for you already, here is an even more tex-mex version, with roasted corn and black beans. Get the recipe!
Chipotle, Orange Zest, and Pumpkin Seeds
Chipotle, Orange Zest, and Pumpkin Seeds
Toasted pepitas and orange zest make for a crunchy and aromatic variation of guacamole; if you're looking for something bolder, and with spice, this is the guac for you. chipotle variation
Lots of Tomato!
Lots of Tomato!
In this tomato-heavy guacamole, the avocado really acts only as a binder, adding a touch of richness to this otherwise ultra-light variation. The key here—as with most fresh tomato recipes—is salting and draining the tomatoes to concentrate their flavor.
Blue Cheese and Bacon
Blue Cheese and Bacon
Old Bay and Crab
Old Bay and Crab
Mango and Jicama
Mango and Jicama
Edamame and Sesame
Edamame and Sesame
Charred Tomatillo
Charred Tomatillo
Fermented Chili Bean Paste and Chili Oil
Fermented Chili Bean Paste and Chili Oil
Sriracha Guac
Sriracha Guac
For all you Sriracha lovers out there, the ones who believe that there is nothing that cannot be improved with a drizzle of the Rooster sauce, this one is for you. Get the recipe!