Traditionalists may want to leave the room when it comes to this recipe. Why is that? Well, when it comes to food, I’ve never been one that sticks to the rules.
While traveling recently, the weather happened to be unseasonably warm. I found a restaurant that had outdoor seating, good margaritas, and interesting guacamole. The hot sun, cold drinks, and good food may have had a part in my immediate love for the guacamole. But I knew that I had to recreate the concept.
So I played around with crafting my own recipe and settled on this tropical guacamole. The sweet pineapple and mango add a really interesting texture to the otherwise creamy avocado. This sweetness is balanced with the cilantro and onion, making this my new favorite treat, even without margaritas!
The ingredients in this tropical guacamole
- Avocados are the base for any guacamole. We love them for their creamy, rich texture. To get the best results, make sure to buy avocados that are heavy for their size with no soft bruises.
- Salt is a very important ingredient in guacamole. This brings out the other ingredients but also cuts through the richness of the avocado. Without salt, guacamole has almost no flavor.
- Lime juice is essential. The fresh lime juice adds the acidity guacamole craves. The lime also helps keep the avocado from oxidizing too quickly, turning an unappealing brown color.
- Black pepper is not always in guacamole, but I find a little bit really adds a special flair.
- Cilantro adds a more traditional touch to the recipe, but the key is just enough. If too much is added, it would be overpowering, drowning out the tropical flavors we’re aiming for.
- Red onion provides some sweet onion flavor and is aptly balanced with the sweet fruit.
- Mango instantly reminds anyone of a tropical flavor. If you don’t buy mango often, don’t worry as I don’t either. Before using, allow the mango to ripen to a yellower color and become slightly soft.
- Pineapple is sharper in flavor than the mango, which means it adds a nice bright flavor. If fresh is not available, you can use canned pineapple.
This guacamole uses a few extra ingredients, but they’re definitely worth the effort. The guacamole combines an interesting trio of flavors with creamy avocado, sweet and tangy tropical fruit, and traditional cilantro. Make this and you will understand my exuberant excitement!
- 3 avocados
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 3 tbsp chopped red onion
- ¾ cup diced mango
- ½ cup diced pineapple
- In a medium bowl, add the scooped avocado pulp, salt, pepper, lime juice, cilantro, and red onion. Using a fork or mashing tool, mash the ingredients together until it forms a chunky paste.3 avocados, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 3 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, 3 tbsp chopped red onion
- Add in the prepared mango and pineapple and stir to combine. Serve immediately.¾ cup diced mango, ½ cup diced pineapple