If you always find yourself picking up an avocado or two (or 10!) on your trips to the supermarket, you likely have a good reason, and you probably have your go-to recipes that incorporate avocados beyond the usual suspects, like guacamole.
But even the most expert avocado lover might be surprised to learn that this great green fruit can be incorporated into literally every single meal of the day, from breakfast to dessert. Dip into our recipe box to get a sense of the range of possibilities. Then, head to the supermarket to stock up on these pantry staples, which you can use in numerous recipes — including those that you invent on your own!
Pimentón is the Spanish word for smoked paprika, and it’s hard to find a better partner for avocado. Any recipe that calls for paprika can sub in pimentón to even greater, more delicious effect. Try these fried avocado wedges with “el rancho” dipping sauce for starters. From there, add pimentón to avocado toast, guacamole, and even soups that are garnished with avocado slices.
Like pimentón, crushed red pepper can be dashed into a variety of recipes, even those that don’t call for the ingredient. But there are plenty that do! Try this molcajete salsa guacamole with a shake of crushed red pepper, or this sauté, which will be totally amped up with a bit of the pepper. Or top grilled corn with avocado pepper sauce and shake a bit of crushed red pepper on top just before serving.
If you hate prep work and just can’t bring yourself to chop garlic and onion for basic recipes, don’t stress! You can purchase dehydrated garlic and onion, which are marketed as “garlic salt” and “onion salt.” These green banana garlic and shrimp cups are super appetizers and this halibut-avo recipe is the real deal.
Cumin is a spice that lends itself to so many dishes, and when it’s combined with avocado… well… it’s just amazing. This heart-healthy citrus cumin marinated chicken is a super lunch or dinner dish, as are these grilled salmon tacos.
True, these are in your vegetable crisper rather than the pantry, but if you have them around on a regular basis, you’ll be able to create all kinds of avo-based dishes. Cilantro and avocado — both Mexican ingredients — are always a perfect pair, and radishes and lemons and lime are natural companions, too. This grilled cilantro-lime shrimp can’t be beat, and this easy avocado cabbage carrot coleslaw is good any time of year!
Let our recipes be your inspiring point of departure. Avocados, with their creamy texture and neutral flavor, are the perfect palate for culinary inspiration!