Pineapple Guacamole – Your favorite classic guacamole with a tropical twist! This sweet and spicy guacamole is delicious with all your Tex-Mex faves. Try all our ways to enjoy it below! (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan)
The weather has been tipping into the 90’s lately, and the kids counted out that they only have a handful of Mondays left before school’s out for summer (WHAT!?).
With sunshine and summer on my mind, I’ve been drifting into all my warm-weather favorites–cool, refreshing mocktails, breezy dresses, books in the sun, and quick easy recipes that won’t heat up my kitchen much.
We’ve had a LOT of our Tex-Mex faves lately, since they lend themselves so well to quick, easy preparation, minimal clean-up and serious flavor. (Basically all of my favorite things.) Lately, it’s been tacos on repeat, along with tostadas, burrito bowls, and fully loaded taco salads. Being the avocado-lover I am, this also means LOTS of guacamole to go on top!
I’m a huge fan of classic guacamole, but I also love experimenting, and this Pineapple Guacamole has been my favorite spin on guacamole since 2012. It’s cool and creamy with all the flavor of the classic, with a refreshing tropical twist, thanks to sunny bites of fresh pineapple.
It’s fresh, light, and the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and savory all in one. Here’s what you’ll need to get started…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO OUR PINEAPPLE GUACAMOLE RECIPE:
- Ripe Avocados. Great avocados make for great pineapple guacamole! You’ll want nice, ripe avocados to get started. (See the FAQ below for our best tips on how to choose good ones.)
- Fresh Lime Juice. Lime juice makes it easier to mash the avocados, helps keep it from browning, and complements the pineapple SO beautifully! Fresh lime juice really is best.
- Red Onion. A little onion goes a long way in Pineapple Guacamole. I use a few tablespoons of finely minced red onion, but you can use white onion if you like, or chives for a more mild flavor.
- Jalapeño. After having my kids, I have less spice tolerance than I used to! I always recommend starting small when adding jalapeño to guacamole. You can always add more, but it’s tricky to take it out!
- Cilantro. Fresh cilantro is so bright and lovely here! If you’re not a cilantro person, you can skip it.
- Fresh Pineapple. Lovely, juicy fresh pineapple turns classic guacamole into pineapple guacamole. It’s GORGEOUS!
- Salt. Don’t forget the salt! It’ll tie all the flavors together. I’ve found if it seems something is missing, it’s usually that I need a bit more salt.
DIVE IN! HERE ARE OUR FAVORITE WAYS TO EAT PINEAPPLE GUACAMOLE:
- Eat It With Tortilla Chips. Do chips and pineapple guacamole count as dinner? Because it’s my FAVORITE.
- Spread It On A Tostada. Tostadas like these are another quick easy option. Layer refried beans, pineapple guacamole, salsa, slaw or lettuce onto a crispy tostada shell for a DELICIOUS dinner!
- Dollop On Tacos And Nachos. I don’t think I’ve ever met a taco or tasted nachos that aren’t even better with guacamole on top. Pineapple guacamole adds subtle sweetness to balance out spicy and savory notes in any recipe. So good!
- Try With Quesadillas. Ditto for quesadillas! I love how the cool pineapple guacamole tastes on a warm, gooey quesadilla.
- Tuck It Into A Burrito Or Wrap. Creamy guacamole tastes amazing in burritos. Cool guacamole + warm burrito = amazing.
- Spread On A Burger Or Sandwich. Guacamole’s not just for Tex-Mex! Spread it on a burger or a sandwich for an extra layer of flavor.
- Scoop Onto Grilled Chicken. I also love adding pineapple guacamole to grilled chicken.
FAQ + TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST PINEAPPLE GUACAMOLE:
TRUST YOUR TASTEBUDS! Guacamole is one of those make-it-by-taste sorts of things for me. That’s why the amounts here are flexible. Taste and adjust as you see fit–adding more lime juice, salt, onion, cilantro, or jalapeño to taste. Feel free to skip the jalapeño all together if you don’t want any heat, or use more if you want it spicy!
HOW TO PICK RIPE AVOCADOS. There are a ton of tricks out there for choosing ripe avocados, but here are a few things I look for:
- Go By Feel. A ripe avocado should be firm to the touch with only slight give. Carefully, gently give your avocado a light squeeze. If it gives slightly and has a fairly firm texture, that’s a great sign!
- Look At The Color. With most varieties of avocado, you’re looking for a dark purply black color. If it’s still bright green, it’s likely underripe. If it’s fully black, it may be overripe.
- The Stem Trick. Carefully peel back the little stem on your avocado. If it’s green, it’s ripe. If it’s brown, it’s overripe (Don’t toss it! You can likely still use it!)
HOW TO CUT A PINEAPPLE. If you’re never cut a pineapple before, it might feel a bit intimidating. It’s a LOT easier than you think! Here’s a visual tutorial that’ll walk you through every step. (Feel free to buy pre-cut pineapple to save time!)
HOW TO STORE PINEAPPLE GUACAMOLE: The best way to store pineapple guacamole is to chill it in the refrigerator with as little air exposure as possible. Exposure to air (oxidation) is what causes guacamole to brown. The lime juice and pineapple will help prevent the guacamole from browning, but these two methods will help even more…
HOW TO KEEP GUACAMOLE FROM TURNING BROWN:
- The food wrap method. Press plastic wrap or reusable food wrap down onto the surface of the guacamole. Press out any air bubbles, then cover with a lid if you can.
- The water method. Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to level out the surface of the guacamole, sealing the edges against the sides of the bowl or container you’re using. Cover the surface of the guacamole with a thin layer of water. Drain and give the guacamole a stir before serving again. Repeat as needed!
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