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12 Surprising (and Delicious!) Ways to Top Your Guac

Put an end to that bowl of boring guacamole and try one of these fun flavor combinations, instead.

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Best Guacamole Toppings

Guacamole may already be the perfect party snack, but you can take your dip to the next level with one of these fun flavor combinations. All you need to do is whip up a basic recipe (or buy it pre-made) and add the suggested toppings. We have ideas for sweet-and-spicy, crunchy and savory guac—all that’s missing is a big bag of chips!

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Peach + Jalapeno


If you like sweet and spicy foods, then this combo is for you. Fresh, juicy peach chunks bring sweetness while diced jalapeños bring heat. Cool, creamy avocado balances the mixture, preventing one flavor from overpowering the other.

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Black Bean + Corn

Head to any Mexican restaurant and we guarantee you’ll see this combo on the menu. The bright colors and contrasting textures make them a fun addition to guacamole. For extra flavor, grill the corn first.

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Feta Cheese + Pomegranate


Want to add a little festive flair to your bowl of guac? Top it off with chunks of feta and fresh pomegranate seeds. Since the cheese is so briny, we recommend cutting back on the amount of salt you use in the guacamole recipe, or opting for reduced-sodium tortilla chips.

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Bacon + Cotija Cheese


Take your game day snack to a new level by adding bacon crumbles and cotija cheese. The bacon adds crisp, rich texture, while the cotija makes your guac extra-creamy. If you’re feeling bold, buy Applewood smoked bacon for a more complex flavor profile.

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Radish + Mandarin Orange


Radishes are oftentimes overlooked as a mere salad garnish, but their bright, crisp flavor is a welcome addition to many dishes, including guacamole. For balance, pair radish’s peppery crunch with the soft, sweet tang of mandarin oranges.

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Cajun Shrimp + Red Pepper


Turn your guacamole snack into a mini-meal with the addition of Cajun shrimp and red pepper. The shrimp gives your guac extra bite, while the red pepper helps to tame the heat.

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Jicama + Pineapple


If you’re a fan of chunky guacamole, then this combo is for you. Crunchy diced jicama and juicy pineapple chunks combine for an out-of-this-world texture. For extra flavor, toss the pineapple on the grill for a few minutes before chopping.

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Bleu Cheese + Toasted Almonds


Bleu cheese is a surefire way to add flavor to any dish. And toasted almonds are the perfect way to add crunchy texture. When combined with cool, creamy avocado you get a unique flavor that’s guaranteed to please.

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Apple + White Onion


There’s nothing wrong with keeping your guac on the simple side. Topping your bowl with chunks of fresh apple and white onion give the dip a non-traditional flavor, but a familiar texture. Depending on the type of apple you use, your guac can taste fruity, sweet, tart or crisp.

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Basil  + Toasted Pine Nuts


Guacamole is typically a Mexican dish, but that doesn’t mean it can’t experiment with other global flavors. For a pesto-inspired guac, top it off with toasted pine nuts and fresh basil ribbons. You can also substitute the traditional lime for lemon juice.  

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Grilled Chicken + Cherry Tomatoes


Watching your carb intake? Then you’ve got to try this guac combo. Grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes turn a simple snack into a gourmet meal.

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Mango + Habanero

For the ultimate sweet-spicy combo, pair mango with fresh habanero chili peppers. Depending on your preferred taste, you can control the guac’s heat with the number of pepper seeds you use.

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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