All the Ways to Flavor Guac

You'll be surprised how many different ways you can play with the classic flavors of guacamole.
By: Julie Hines

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

The only thing you need to do to be an instant hit at a party is show up with a bowl of homemade guacamole. And while there’s nothing wrong with a big bowl of classic guac with the regulars – ripe avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice and cilantro (plus a jalapeno or two to give it a little kick) – mixing it up a bit won’t leave you disappointed.

Smoky Guacamole (Pictured at top)

Rachael Ray adds a hint of smokiness to her guac with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add any leftover chiles in adobo to a salsa for a smoky dipping duo perfect for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.

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Photo by: Christopher Testani

Christopher Testani

Everyone’s favorite dressing makes a surprise appearance in everyone’s favorite dip. Coincidence? Definitely not. Bonus: The sour cream and buttermilk help prevent the guacamole from turning brown, so you can make this batch ahead of time without worry.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole

Spicy Bacon Guacamole

Food Network Kitchens Spicy Bacon Guacamole

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

Going by the theory that bacon makes everything better, this guacamole is sure to please. Bacon and jarred jalapenos make for a delightfully savory take on the classic.

Pomegranate Guacamole as seen on Food Network's Farmhouse Rules, Season 2.

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Rich Freeda, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Pomegranate seeds add a pop of sweetness in each bite of this super simple guacamole.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bobby Flay adds some grilled corn for a slightly sweet and smoky version of guacamole.

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A photo from the production of "The Kitchen" in Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Photo: David M. Russell/BSTV

Photo by: David M. Russell ©2015, Watershed Visual Media, LLC.

David M. Russell, 2015, Watershed Visual Media, LLC.

Give guac a sweet makeover -- strawberries and mango balance out the heat from jalapenos and make for a tropical twist.

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