This avocado dip is made with ripe avocados, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and sour cream, all blended together to make a creamy dip. Serve your avocado dip with chips, crackers or veggies for a light and simple party snack.

I am a huge avocado fan, I eat avocados almost every day in avocado toast, avocado salsa and this fabulous avocado dip. This dip also works well as a sandwich spread or salad dressing!

A tortilla chip scooping up a serving of avocado dip.

While I’m a big fan of the rich and creamy cheese based dips, sometimes I’m looking for something a little bit healthier to bring to a gathering. This creamy avocado dip literally takes just 5 minutes to make and it pairs so well with a variety of dippers. It’s a more unique alternative to guacamole that’s sure to be a big hit!

Avocado Dip ingredients

Ingredients including avocado, sour cream, jalapeno and cilantro.

This dip is a blend of ripe avocados, fresh cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, salt and sour cream.

How do you make avocado dip?

Place all of the ingredients the food processor and blend until you have a smooth and creamy mixture. Add a little cilantro for garnish and your dip is ready to serve!

Process shots showing how to blend avocado in a food processor.

How to choose an avocado

You want to make sure you’re choosing ripe avocados for this dip since they’re the main flavoring agent in the recipe. Ripe avocados are typically a dark, almost black color. Stay away from green skinned avocados as they are likely underripe. A ripe avocado should yield to gentle pressure but it shouldn’t be overly soft or mushy. You can also check your avocados for ripeness by peeling back the small stem on top. If the avocado is green under the stem, it’s ripe.

A bowl of avocado dip surrounded by chips and vegetables.

Tips for avocado dip

  • This dip is best served right after it’s made as the avocado will brown over an extended period of time.
  • Not a cilantro fan? Try parsley or green onions instead. If you go with green onions, just use 1/4 cup’s worth.
  • You can make this a chunky dip by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and crushing them together with a fork or potato masher.
  • This dip is on the mild end of the heat scale because the seeds and ribs are removed from the jalapenos. If you prefer a spicy dip, leave some of the seeds and ribs in the pepper.

Recipe FAQs

Is avocado dip healthy?

Avocados are very healthy and contain 20 different vitamins and minerals. They are also high in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. The other ingredients in this dip, such as the lime juice, jalapeno and cilantro, are also great choices for a healthy diet. While sour cream is not always the healthiest option, this dip only contains a small amount and you can use low fat instead of the full fat version.

What do you eat avocado dip with?

This dip pairs well with a variety of dippers, my favorite is tortilla chips but I often serve it with multiple options. Some great choices carrots, cucumbers, celery, radishes, breadsticks, pretzel chips or baguette slices.

Creamy dip in a white bowl served with tortilla chips.

Flavor Variations

This dip is great as-is, but you can add other ingredients or toppings to customize the recipe to your tastes.

  • Add-Ins: Amp up the flavor with additions such as sun dried tomatoes, a spoonful of pesto, chili powder or roasted green chiles.
  • Toppings: Top your avocado dip with ingredients such as cooked bacon, pumpkin seeds, pico de gallo or cotija cheese.

Once you try this dip, you’ll be hooked! I often make this dip instead of guacamole when I’m serving Mexican food for an unexpected yet welcome addition to the meal. You can even turn this dip into a salad dressing by adding a little water to thin it out. The possibilities are endless!

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5 from 15 votes

Avocado Dip Recipe

AuthorSara Welch
A tortilla chip scooping up a serving of avocado dip.
This avocado dip is made with ripe avocados, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and sour cream, all blended together to make a creamy dip. Serve your avocado dip with chips, crackers or veggies for a light and simple party snack.
Time
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time6 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, then coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions 

  • Place the avocado, cilantro leaves, lime juice, jalapeno, sour cream, salt, cumin and garlic powder in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Process until completely smooth, 1-2 minutes. Taste and add more salt if desired.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves, then serve.

Notes

  1. This dip is best served right after it’s made as the avocado will brown over an extended period of time.
  2. You can make this a chunky dip by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and crushing them together with a fork or potato masher.
  3. This dip is on the mild end of the heat scale because the seeds and ribs are removed from the jalapenos. If you prefer a spicy dip, leave some of the seeds and ribs in the pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    We typically like chunky dips, but made this smooth and creamy, and loved it! Very nice dip that works with veggies and crispy tortillas.

  2. I made this recipe, sans the jalapeƱo, and threw some harissa and paprika into it. It was really yummy good. Great alternative to veggie dip.

  3. 5 stars
    Avocado is one of my favorite fruit and this Dip looks awesome. Best for a party with some crunch
    around.

  4. Looks so delicious and healthy! I can see using this for lots of things – dips, spreads, dressing for coleslaw … love it!

  5. 5 stars
    I love how creamy this dip is which gives it a totally different texture than guacamole. The addition of sour cream is such a good idea! I will be serving this at some get togethers this summer.

  6. 5 stars
    I love avocado in anything! I’ve never thought of adding sour creme to a “guac” recipe. That sounds so delicious – definitely going to try this!

  7. 5 stars
    We are a slightly avocado obsessed family, haha! Anything to get my kids to eat more veggies is a winner in my book.