Delicious Ina Garten Guacamole Recipes And Great Pairings

Erupting with bright flavors and simple to make, Ina Garten, otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa, has some delicious guacamole recipes that are waiting for you to try today!

Ina Garten is known for her signature touch of elegance and great attention to detail. She uses quality ingredients to create some of the most incredible recipes we have ever tried. Included in her illustrious collection are a few top-notch guacamole recipes.

If you’re looking to create an exciting new guacamole recipe, you’ve come to the right place.

Ina Garten Guacamole Recipes

Rather than searching for hours on the internet trying to find recipes, we have a selection of delicious Ina Garten guacamole recipes to try at home.

This quintessential Mexican dip brings so many dishes to life with its creamy texture and rich, bold flavors. Now it’s time to make your very own and enjoy the freshness and zest Ina Garten’s recipe provides.

1. Ina Garten’s Guacamole Recipe

Like many of Ina Garten’s recipes, this guacamole is beloved and oh-so-easy to make. It boasts incredibly vibrant flavors, with the use of ripe Haas avocados giving the dip a delightful creamy texture.

The addition of lemon juice offers a gorgeous brightness, while the Tabasco sauce provides a hint of searing heat just to keep you on your toes.

This, however, is balanced by the sweetness of the red onion and the savory depth of the single large garlic clove. As you take a mouthful, you get a juicy contrast from the diced tomatoes, culminating in a perfectly balanced and irresistibly delicious dip.

To make this world-famous guacamole, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Four ripe Haas avocados
  • One lemon or three tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • One small onion or half a cup of small-diced red onion
  • Eight splashes of Tabasco sauce
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt
  • One large garlic clove (minced)
  • One medium-sized tomato (small, diced, and seeded)
  • One teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Start by cutting the four avocados in half. Remove the pits from each one and scoop the fruit’s flesh out using a spoon or with your hands. Place the flesh into a sizable bowl.

Squeeze your lemon juice into the bowl straight away, as well as the diced onion, Tabasco sauce, salt, garlic, and pepper. Now, mix together thoroughly.

Take a sharp kitchen knife and cut through the avocados carefully within the bowl. Do this until they are diced thinly. Now, add the tomatoes and combine well.

Add some more salt and pepper for added flavor, and take a taste test. Make sure the dip’s flavors are balanced. If so, you can serve the guacamole immediately as a delicious topping for nachos, tacos, or salads, as well as with your favorite tortilla chips.

If you wish to adjust the spice levels, simply add or reduce the amount of tobacco sauce. You can also add chopped jalapeños or serrano peppers to increase the heat level, but be careful if you struggle to handle your spice.

You can even experiment with other ingredients, such as diced mango, roasted corn, pineapple, or black beans, for texture variation and extra flavor. Try lime juice for a slightly different citrus flavor, too. Trust us, this pairs very well with the avocado.

If you’d like your guacamole to have a chunkier texture, mash your avocados less or simply leave them in larger chunks. If you want a smoother texture, you can use a blender or food processor for the avocados.

Top your guacamole with additional diced tomatoes, crumbled queso fresco, or chopped cilantro for added flavor and a top-quality presentation.

2. Ina Garten’s Guacamole Salad Recipe

Many of you may have seen the Barefoot Contessa make this guacamole salad on television. If you’re like us, you would have been taken aback by its vibrant colors. So, of course, we had to make it, and now it’s your turn.

This recipe offers a refreshing twist on traditional guacamole, transforming it into a vivid salad bursting with textures and flavors. It is made with a combination of colorful vegetables like yellow pepper, tomatoes, black beans, red onion, and jalapeño peppers, providing a variety of flavors and a satisfying crunch.

Add in the lime zest and juice, as well as olive oil, and the salad is infused with a summery brightness and a dose of richness.

Just before serving, mix in the creamy avocados to enjoy a sumptuous creaminess, contrasting beautifully with the crispy veggies. Serve at room temperature, and the flavors all merge together, resulting in a well-rounded, satisfying dish.

Barefoot Contessa Recipes That Pair Well With Her Guacamole Dishes

1. Roasted Salmon Tacos

Once you have made Ina’s delicious guacamole, you’ll need to find a dish to pair it with. This roasted salmon taco recipe is a must-try, offering a magical combination of fresh flavors and eclectic textures. You will adore the spicy and smoky chipotle seasoning on the salmon. This pairs perfectly with the creamy nature of avocado, as well as zesty lime and crunchy cabbage slaw.

Add some Sriracha for a subtle kick of heat, as well as corn salsa and grape tomatoes for bursts of sweetness. This recipe is super easy to make with a variety of vibrant ingredients. Simple with an extraordinary taste, these tacos are a true crowd-pleaser.

2. Fresh Crab Nachos

With its creamy crab mixture, infused with chilies, scallions, and lime zest, these fresh crab nachos are wonderfully zesty and rich, popping with delicious flavors. The richness and zest of these nachos compliments the crunchy corn chips, and go down a treat with Ina Garten’s guacamole.

Layered with a mix of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, as well as tangy pickled jalapeños, these nachos are baked to golden perfection. The result? The texture is so gooey and satisfying you’ll feel like there is a party in your mouth. You can top the nachos with a bright salsa featuring avocado, tomatoes, and jalapeño and then enjoy its stunning balance of vibrant flavors and cacophony of textures.

3. Niman Ranch Burgers

If you have never tried guacamole with a burger before, you have been missing out! This Niman ranch burger recipe is the perfect opportunity to try this new pairing. We love the juicy, flavorful patties made from beef seasoned with mustard, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Topped with caramelized onions (which are also included in the recipe), the burgers are served on toasted English muffins with creamy mayonnaise.

The creamy and refreshing elements from guacamole complements the savory richness of the beef and the sweetness of the caramelized onions. The simplicity of the burgers let all the flavors shine through, so every bite is an explosion of diverse flavors and textures.

4. Grilled New York Strip Steaks

Ina learned this method of cooking from master butcher Mark Lobel. It yields perfectly cooked steaks with a flavorful rub that melts on the tongue. Sear the steak briefly on a high heat and finish on indirect heat. This ensures optimal juiciness and tenderness.

When it comes to pairing with guacamole, the robust flavors of the steak complement the creamy and zesty qualities of the dip, forming a union of contrasting flavors that elevate both dishes.

Final Thoughts

Ina Garten’s guacamole recipe is renowned as one of the best. Not only is it simple to make, but its flavors are like no other guacamole. It also pairs extremely well with a range of tasty dishes from the culinary icon.

Try the recipe today, and we’re sure you and your family will be having guacamole with your meals more often!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should you avoid doing when making guacamole?

To make the perfect guacamole, you need to choose your avocados carefully. Do not use overripe avocados or those that are too green. Also, never leave any brown parts in the avocado. This won’t affect the flavor, but it will give your guacamole an unpleasant appearance. Avoid mashing your avocados too much, and do not use ingredients at different temperatures, as this can result in a strange texture. Try to avoid using too much lemon juice, and do not go overboard with seasoning, such as salt.

What’s the difference between guacamole and avocado dip?

Guacamole is made with ripe fresh avocados, which are mashed with other ingredients, such as garlic, onion, diced tomatoes, and minced pepper. Avocado dip, on the other hand, comes in various forms. The dip is not usually lumpy like guacamole can be and is typically blended with sour cream, yogurt, or mayonnaise and flavored with a range of spices, herbs, and citrus juices.

How do Mexican restaurants keep guacamole from turning brown?

The trick is to pour a small, visible layer of water or lime/lemon juice over the guacamole. This acts as a barrier against the air. Then, the dish is covered with a plastic film or wrap and pushed down flush with the guacamole. You can also place it in a sealed container. This prevents air pockets from forming, stopping the guacamole from turning brown.

Delicious Ina Garten Guacamole Recipes And Great Pairings

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