Psst … hey there, tortilla chips! You’ve got company. Prepare to be joined by the five foods below on your next visit to the guacamole bowl!
If you’re seeing raw vegetables appearing next to the guacamole bowl with more frequency, there’s a great reason: These dippers satisfy the crunch factor that guac seems to require (and that we all love!) while offering a lower-calorie alternative to chips. Asparagus spears, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and jicama are all delicious choices.
Salty, crunchy chips and guacamole seem to be a natural pair, but guacamole also goes well when offset with a sweet dipper, too. Surprise yourself and your family or some party guests by offering pineapple slices in the place of chips. You may want to taste-test other fruits that can hold up well to dipping, such as cantaloupe or honeydew, or even pears and apples.
Cooked shrimp, the same kind you use to dip into cocktail sauce, also taste delicious when paired with guacamole. Be sure the shrimp — and the guac! — are chilled and don’t let them sit on the serving table for too long. Two hours after being made is considered optimal eating for guac.
If you have leftover guac and you want to keep it fresh, either for a midnight snack or next-day treat, there’s a trick to do just that. Sprinkle some milk or water on the surface of the dip, then cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. Pour out the liquid before serving again.
If you just can’t bring yourself to switch to any of the veggie, fruit, or seafood dippers, try some whole grain, seeded crackers or breadsticks. You can make your own gluten-free crackers with oats and seeds, which are delicious.
Can’t give up the noisy crispy bite into chips when you’re eating guacamole? Whether store-bought or homemade, taro chips are a great substitute for tortilla chips. Place thin slices of this root veggie on a baking sheet brushed with oil and bake in a 400°F oven. Let them cool before serving and dipping.
Are you getting hungry? What do you say we test these alternative dippers out with a guacamole that’s easy, fast and fun to make? To pick out the perfect avocados for making guacamole, you’ll want to make sure they’re ripe by holding them in the palm of your hand and giving them a gentle squeeze. Enjoy!