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.
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!
How do you make avocado dip?
This dip is a blend of ripe avocados, fresh cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, spices and a little sour cream. Everything goes into the food processor and gets blended until smooth and creamy. Add a little cilantro for garnish and your dip is ready to serve!
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.
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.
- Pretzel Chips
- Baguette slices
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 cups worth.
- You can customize your avocado dip by adding toppings such as crumbled cotija cheese, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, bacon or diced tomatoes.
- 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.
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.
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!
More avocado recipes
- Avocado Chickpea Salad
- Avocado Tuna Salad
- Shrimp Ceviche
- Avocado Fries
- Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Relish
Avocado Dip Recipe
- 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
- 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.