Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar

I’ve always loved guacamole but my consumption this summer has been off the charts.

So much so that creating my own guac bar is only fitting.

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar - Make your own guacamole bar and have fun taste-testing the options! Great party idea that everyone loves!

If you’re like me, you don’t have to throw a party to set out a spread like this. I can down this by myself on a random Monday.

I’ve made more meals out of The Best Peach Mango Salsa and guacamole than I can count. I don’t even need chips, just a spoon.

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Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar - Make your own guacamole bar and have fun taste-testing the options! Great party idea that everyone loves!

After the avocado is mashed in a bowl with a squirt of lime juice and dash of salt, it’s time for the add-in’s. I love the textures and flavors of veggies in guac and they really help to stretch one avocado. I try to limit myself to one avocado per day, but sometimes that’s impossible.

A big tip if you just need a few tablespoons of various veggies is to buy a ‘fajita mix’ or ‘stir fry mix’ in the refrigerated case of the produce department. It’s an easy and more cost-effective way to incorporate a wide variety of veggies without having to buy a whole one of each.

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar - Make your own guacamole bar and have fun taste-testing the options! Great party idea that everyone loves!

For pops of color and nice texture I like tomatoes, bell peppers (any color), corn, black beans, or olives.

If you’re a heat seeker like I am, add diced jalepenos, green chili peppers, poblano peppers, ground cayenne pepper, or cumin. Stirring in a couple tablespoons of spicy salsa works, too.

For bold flavor, add onions, garlic, salsa, or pico de gallo. And I love cilantro and always go overboard with it because it adds big flavor and for me it’s what makes guac taste authentic.

Get creative and if you think crumbled goat cheese, char-grilled corn, pickled jalepenos, mango or pineapple sound good, add them.

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar - Make your own guacamole bar and have fun taste-testing the options! Great party idea that everyone loves!

Serve your DIY guac with chips, flatbread, toasted pita bread or baguette slices. To keep carbs down and veggie intake up, sometimes I use speared bell peppers as my dippers. Sometimes I just use a spoon and shovel.

If you plan to do a guac bar for an event, only mash about half the avocados you think you’ll need in the beginning (I budget 1 avocado per person), and as time passes, mash as needed. Even if it doesn’t turn brown, guac turns darker and looks less appealing over time.

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar - Make your own guacamole bar and have fun taste-testing the options! Great party idea that everyone loves!

Whatever you add to your guac, I highly recommend washing it down with a couple of The Best Homemade Margaritas or a non-alcoholic 5-Calorie Lime-Raspgberry Margarita Fizz.

Just remember avocados are loaded with healthy fats. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar - Make your own guacamole bar and have fun taste-testing the options! Great party idea that everyone loves!

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar

You don’t need to throw a party to create a DIY guacamole bar that any guacamole fan will love. A big tip if you just need a few tablespoons of various veggies is to buy a ‘fajita mix’ or ‘stir fry mix’ in the refrigerated case of the produce department. It’s an easy and more cost-effective way to incorporate a wide variety of veggies without having to buy a whole one of each. If you plan to do a guac bar for an event, only mash about half the avocados you think you’ll need in the beginning (I budget 1 avocado per person), and as time passes, mash as needed. Even if it doesn’t turn brown, guac turns darker and looks less appealing over time. Get creative and add what you think sounds good and I recommend washing it down with a couple of The Best Homemade Margaritas.

Ingredients:

Essential
1 medium ripe avocado, mashed
juice of 1/2 lime, or to taste
pinch salt, to taste

Optional Add-Ins (more common items at top of list)
bell peppers (any color)
tomatoes
onions (red, white, yellow, Vidalia, green, scallions, etc.)
garlic
cilantro
pico de gallo
jalepeno peppers (fresh, canned, pickled, etc.)
green chili peppers (fresh, canned, fire-roasted, etc.)
poblano peppers
serrano peppers
ground cayenne pepper
red pepper flakes
cumin
salsa
corn (fresh, frozen, char-grilled, etc.)
black beans
olives
cheese (crumbled Cotija, feta, goat, blue, etc.)
mango
pineapple
anything else you love

Serve With (optional)
sour cream
salsa
pico de gallo
margaritas

Serve On
tortilla chips
flatbread
toasted pita bread
baguette slices
crackers
speared bell peppers

Directions:

  1. Peel and de-seed the avocado. Scoop out and mash the flesh in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the lime juice, salt to taste, and stir to combine.
  3. Add as many add-ins, to taste, as desired and stir to combine.
  4. Serve with optional ‘serve with’ items (sour cream, etc.) and serve on chips or alternate dippers. Guacamole is best enjoyed fresh.
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64 comments on “Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar”

  1. Margaritas and Guac, what a perfect combination that I never get sick of. I love the idea of having a guac bar. Pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for this lovely idea :D

  2. Love the setup of this Averie, makes me want to throw my very own fiesta!

  3. I love guacamole, and this is making me want to invite people over and have at it :)

  4. We have some guacamole fools in my family. And I am one of them.
    What an original idea. Truly—-kind of additional bit of party fun. What with a margarita in hand might be created! All efforts would be amazing I am sure.
    Even the plain avocado is creamy and decadent all by itself.

  5. I absolutely love this, such a fun party idea. Pinned!

  6. What a great summer recipe! Can’t wait to try it myself. Yum!

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  7. This is SO not fair Averie… You take the most gorgeous photos with bright eye-catching colors and make everything look so appetizing, and… I’m allergic to avocados. I’d probably end up making my own “salsa” out of all of your mix-ins if you invited me to your random Monday party! It all looks absolutely incredible, but why should we expect anything else from you? ;)

  8. STOP – tired of drooling – best to you. neighbor.

  9. This is such a creative idea and so delicious!

  10. This looks wonderful. I believe there’s not much better than salsa or guacamole. I slice jicama up and use it dipping sometimes. Keeps me from feeling guilty when the bowl’s disappeared.

  11. Brillant~I can’t think of anyone that would not come to a “make it yourself ” guac party! Awesome idea!

  12. Healthy fats, healthy fats…yes I need more avo in my life! This is fabulous cuz so often one person likes this another likes that, and sometimes those flavors such as cilantro can make or break how much you enjoy the guac!! This is a fabulous idea :)

  13. Brian and I are huge avocado fans and we often make guacamole as a party dish, and next time I think we are going to have to steal the “do it yourself” bar idea. So cute and clever!!

  14. I love guac! Honestly I would bathe in it. haha. All of these dishes look delicious.

  15. I love the presentation ! This is my favorite appetizer !

  16. Very fun idea Averie! I’m loving all of the colors.

  17. Mmmmm……..

  18. Love how vibrant and pretty these photos are! Guacamole is one of my favorites and this do it yourself bar is such a fun idea!

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