If you like pineapple and you like guacamole, I promise you’re going to love my delicious pineapple guacamole recipe! This is not a traditional recipe by any means but it’s a very tasty variation of it.
So, why does this work? Well, pineapple adds a juicy and acidic element, similar to tomatoes making this the perfect substitute for a delicious guacamole. I had some extra pineapples laying around in my fridge and thought it would be a great way to add it in one of my all time favorite snacks.
To bring it up another notch, I highly recommend grilling or broiling the pineapple to give it a nice charred texture and smoky flavor.
How to Make Pineapple Guacamole
This Pineapple Guacamole recipe is very easy to prepare. It’s made with fresh ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry or easily accessible at your local supermarket. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make this healthy and tasty dip.
Step 1: Prepare and cook the pineapples.
The first thing you need to do is to prepare one of the main ingredients and star of this dish – your pineapples. If you have a whole pineapple and need to cut and prepare it, check out my post on how to cut and prepare a pineapple for the sweetest and juiciest pineapple! If you already have cut pineapple, you can skip this step.
Begin by placing the pineapple slices on a sheet tray and season them with chili powder on both sides.
Next, broil or grill them for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side until you notice that their exterior is slightly charred.
Once you’re satisfied with the charring, remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once cooled, dice the pineapple slices into smaller chunks and set aside.
Step 2: Chop the onions, jalapenos, and cilantro.
When you’re done with the pineapples, chop the onions, jalapenos, and cilantro finely. With a mortar and pestle, smash all these ingredients together to release some of their juices.
If you’re short on time or don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can simply skip this step and just toss everything in a bowl.
However, if you do have a mortar and pestle, I recommend that you don’t skip this step! Smashing it in a mortar and pestle is going to draw out the juices and make your guacamole more flavorful.
Step 3: Mash the avocados.
Slice each avocado in half and remove the pits. Next, scoop out their flesh and transfer them into a bowl.
Feel free to mash them according to your desired consistency. Some people like it thoroughly mashed and smooth, but I personally prefer my guacamole to be a bit chunky. Just make sure that you prepare this how you like!
Step 4: Combine all the ingredients.
After mashing your avocados, combine it with the smashed onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and the juice of 2 limes. Season with salt and pepper and mix them well. Use your taste buds as a guide when adding salt and pepper and adjust accordingly. Finally, mix in 3/4 of the pineapple chunks.
Step 5: Serve and enjoy!
Once you’re done mixing your pineapple guacamole, place the rest of the pineapple on top. Serve it up with your favorite chips and enjoy!
- 4 rings of pineapple fresh
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or chili powder
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup onion
- 2 jalapenos
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the pineapple slices on a sheet tray. Season with chili powder on both sides.
- Broil or grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until slightly charred. Remove from oven when done and let it cool. Once cooled, dice them into chunks and set aside.
- Chop the onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. Add to a mortar and pestle or bowl and smash together to release some of the juices.
- Cut each avocado in half and remove the pits. Scoop the flesh of the avocados into a bowl and mash into desired consistency. I prefer to mine chunky.
- Add the smashed onions jalapenos, cilantro and juice of 2 limes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix in 3/4 of the pineapple chunks. Place the rest of the pinepple on top of the finished guacamole.
- Serve with your favorite chips and enjoy!
- Avocados are one of the main ingredients, so you want to make sure that you buy nice high-quality ripe avocados. To choose ripe avocados, you can go by feel. A ripe avocado should have a fairly firm texture when you give it a light squeeze. Also, check the color– the ideal color is dark purply black. If it’s bright green, it’s likely under ripe, and if it’s fully black, it might be overripe.
- The best avocados for this recipe are Hass avocados. They have a creamy texture that is perfect for guacamole. Florida avocados are not recommended because they have a more watery texture.
- To make this kid-friendly, go easy on adding the jalapeno. You can always add more, but they can be tricky to remove once you’ve mixed them in already.
- Use fresh, ripe pineapples for best results. You can easily tell if a pineapple is ripe by smelling it and touching it. It should smell sweet and must be firm to touch– not hard and not too squishy.
- If you have leftover pineapple guacamole, store it in an airtight container and then chill it in the fridge.
Ways to Eat Pineapple Guacamole
Here are my favorite ways to eat Pineapple Guacamole:
- Eat it with some light salted tortilla chips- This is probably the most classic way to eat guacamole. It can serve as a nice appetizer or a snack.
- Spread it on a tostada- Another option is to eat it with tostadas. Simply layer some refried beans, salsa, slaw or lettuce, and the pineapple guacamole on top of a crispy tostada shell, and voila! You have a healthy, hearty meal.
- Eat it with your tacos or nachos- Guacamole makes tacos and nachos better. With this pineapple guacamole, you’ll have that hint of sweetness that balances out the spicy, savory flavors of the tacos or nachos.
- Add on top of quesadillas- The freshness of this pineapple guacamole pairs well with the warm, gooeyness of some cheesy quesadillas.
- Put inside a burrito- Because we’re talking Mexican food here, who would forget the good ol’ burrito? Tuck this cool pineapple guacamole inside your warm burrito, and you’ll enjoy that sweet, creamy, and savory goodness.
- Spread it on your burger or sandwich- This pineapple guacamole recipe is not just for Tex-Mex cuisine. You can also try spreading it on your burger or sandwich to add another layer of flavor.
- Dollop it onto your grilled chicken- Because the pineapples used here are also grilled, it will perfectly complement the slightly charred taste of your grilled chicken.
Pineapples and avocados are among my two favorite foods on the planet. And I’m not even exaggerating here! If you love guacamole with a fruity twist, you should definitely try out this recipe!
The sweetness of the pineapple combined with the richness of the guacamole, plus the kick of the jalapeno and the aroma of the cilantro makes this an amazing dip. Enjoy it with some light salted, hearty chips, and you’ll have a lovely snack!
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