Grilled Guacamole

Summer is here!  Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!

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Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!As soon as warmer days roll around, I get an itch to grill everything.  Heck, I’ve even been known to pull out the grill and park it right on top of the snow pile on our back deck.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  After a wacky winter this year, it looks like the warmer temps are here to stay.  And you know what else is here to stay?  Yup, you guessed it.  The grill.

I’ve grilled some crazy things over the years.  I’m talking breakfast sausage at a 6am tailgate all the way to grilled alligator bites as a late-night snack.  But this latest creation takes the cake.  Grilled Guacamole.  I looked at my wife a couple of days ago, and I had this crazy look in my eye.  She knows the look quite well.  Like the time I tried to melt leftover Halloween candy corn as a filling for cinnamon rolls.  (Don’t try that one, please.  Seriously.  It was an epic fail.)  I knew she was skeptical of my idea to grill guacamole, but she just shrugged her shoulders and let me go about my business.

Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!So how does one actually grill guacamole?  Do you make the guac and then try to grill it?  No way.  You just grill the avocados and onions until they get nice dark grill marks, and then proceed to make guacamole as normal.  I whipped up this creation on a late afternoon last week.  Laura walked in from work, and I had a plate of Grilled Guacamole sitting there along with a couple of bags of Tortilla Chips from Food Should Taste Good.

Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!In truth, I actually had two bowls of guacamole.  One was the Grilled Guacamole, and the other was a non-grilled version that I whipped up using a leftover avocado.  Laura happened to dip her blue corn chip into the non-grilled version.  I believe her exact words were, “It’s good, but it doesn’t taste grilled.”  Then I passed across the bowl of the grilled version.  One bite, and I saw the skepticism fade away.  I believe her exact words were, “Woah!  This is delicious.  I’m sorry I ever doubted you.”  (Ok, maybe I embellished that one slightly.)  But the point remains that Grilled Guacamole is a real thing.  And it’s really delicious.

A tasty dip requires tasty chips.  That’s a rule.  And we love Food Should Taste Good chips around here.  I really enjoy their Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.  I remember scouring the aisles at my grocery store one day last year looking for blue corn tortilla chips.  They aren’t the easiest things to find!  But then I stumbled across the organic section, and that’s where I found Food Should Taste Good’s Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.  Two bags immediately landed in my cart, and I went on my way.  And I’ve been a fan ever since!

Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!The Blue Corn Tortilla Chips from Food Should Taste Good are all-natural and gluten-free.  Among other benefits, they’re also trans-fat free and include 20g of whole grains per serving.  And get this…they’ve got flax seeds baked right into the chip!  They were the perfect dipper for this Grilled Guacamole.  I just had to avoid breaking into the bag until the photos were done.

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips come in a variety of other flavors, too.  I stumbled across the guacamole flavor, and of course I had to include those as well.  I mean what’s more appropriate than serving Grilled Guacamole with Guacamole Tortilla Chips?  Have I convinced you that you need a late afternoon guac + chips snack today?

Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!Oh, and before I go, what are your thoughts about tomatoes in guacamole?  When I told my wife I was making this guacamole, she told me not to include tomatoes.  Well, I happen to like tomatoes in guac, so I included tomatoes.  I listed them as optional in the recipe, but I’m curious…do you put tomatoes in your guacamole?  What about other ingredients…like corn or black beans?

Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!

Grilled Guacamole

Summer is here!  Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 191kcal


  • 4 ripe avocados halved, pitted and peeled
  • 1 medium red onion halved
  • Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes ~3-4 Tbsp
  • ½ tsp garlic minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  • {optional} 1 medium Roma tomato diced
  • {optional} ¼ cup fresh cilantro minced
  • Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips for dipping


  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Brush both tops and bottoms of halved avocados as well as halved onion with canola oil.
  • Once grill grates are hot, reduce temperature to medium. Place the avocados and onion cut-side down on grill. Grill for 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill for 4-5 more minutes, or until both have grill marks.
  • Remove avocados and onion from grill and let cool slightly. Once cool, dice onion.
  • In a large bowl, roughly smash avocados and add all remaining ingredients (diced onion, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, salt, chipotle powder, tomatoes and cilantro); stir until well combined.

Summer is here! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and whip up a batch of Grilled Guacamole!Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips are available at retailers nationwide.  Flavors include Multigrain, Blue Corn, Sweet Potato, Guacamole as well as Cantina, Cheddar, Falafel, Harvest Pumpkin, Jalapeno, Jalapeno Cheddar, Kimchi, Lime, Olive, The Works! and White Cheddar.  (I’m dying to try that Harvest Pumpkin flavor.  I bet it would be a great addition to a tailgate table in the fall!)

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    1. Grilled guac is totally delicious, Dawn. It really does completely change the flavor. There is a nice undertone of smokiness from the grill…and I’m kinda addicted to it now! Happy early Cinco de Mayo! 🙂

  1. I love guacamole, but have never had grilled. This looks like something I would love. Hubby and I grill all year ’round, even in snow. As long as you dress warm, doesn’t matter, right? Melting Halloween candy? Not sure about that one, lol, but give you points for trying to repurpose an ingredient 😀 I typically put tomato in guac. I like the little flavour that it adds, but if I didn’t have any on hand, then it’s just straight up avocado with a few spices. Looking forward to trying this grilled version 🙂 Have a great week, David!

    1. Ah, cheers to year-round grilling, Dawn! I agree with you…there’s nothing better than grilling in the snow! (Well, ok, grilling in the summer might be better…) And yes, the Halloween candy incident will live in infamy forever. I even took some to my neighbor before I realized exactly how bad it was. I was so embarrassed about that one! Thanks so much for your comment, and I hope your week is off to a great start!!

    1. Oh man, this guac is amazing, Fernando! The key is just to get the grill nice and hot so you can get a good char on the avocados and onions. But this guac is addictingly good. Give it a try sometime!

  2. My first thoughts when reading the title were, “What? Wait, how do you…? What?!?” But now I’m totally intrigued and on board – this is ingenious! I like tomatoes in guac, but not so much that it becomes liquidy. And for the record, melted candy corn on cinnamon buns totally sounds like it should work. Darn!

    1. Haha! That was exactly what I thought people might think. Nope, I didn’t drop spoonfuls of guac onto the grill. Can you imagine the mess on that one?? The grilled avocados and onions add a smokiness to this guac that is insanely delicious! I hear ya on the tomatoes, though. I do try to use Romas since they typically have less water. And I scoop out all of the seeds. But still.

      Now we just need to start perfecting melted candy corn. Too bad it turns into a rock when it cools. And can you imagine me standing over the oven with a skillet full of candy corn? Yup, that happened. I’m still ashamed about that incident. 🙂

  3. First of all, I love your new site! Second,you lost me for a sec with “Grilled Guacamole”, but then you reeled me back in. Definitely adding to our summer rotation. I love tomatoes in guacamole. Your Guac Rocks!

    1. Thank you so much, Tonya! The new site is a work in progress, and I have a whole list of things I want to change. But it’s coming together slowly! But back to the grilled guac, definitely put this one into your summer rotation. It’s really delicious…and noticeably different than ‘regular’ guac. The grill totally adds a great flavor!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Amy! Grilled avocado is totally a real thing…and it doesn’t take very long at all. (As long as your grill is super hot.) Give it a shot sometime this summer!

  4. Hi David! This guacamole looks great! So many people just smoosh up avocado and call it a day. I like it chunky with “stuff” in it! I wouldn’t be opposed to corn and/or black beans in it either! 🙂 Did you serve margaritas with this?

    1. Haha…you are too smart, Dorothy! We did indeed serve this guac with margaritas. And they might have been of the jalapeno variety. 🙂 I love this time of the year as the grill is out, and it’s warm enough to sit outside after work! Bring on the summer fun, right?? Oh, and speaking of summer fun, we just booked a trip down to your state (Nashville) in late June to visit my sister.

  5. Holy Guacamole!!! Or should I say, Holy Grilled Guacamole!!! Dude what a brilliant idea! I say I don’t like tomatoes in my gauc – but this weekend we enjoyed a big bowl of gauc my mom made and she had tomatoes and onions in there and I devoured it – so I guess I shouldn’t go around saying that anymore!
    Happy Monday!

    1. Haha! Holy Guacamole, Batman! 🙂 Yeah, be careful what you say about tomatoes in your guac. Them thar’s fightin’ words, Shashi. Just kidding! Not at all fightin’ words. Laura told me not to do it, but I did it anyways…and she admitted it was pretty tasty.

    1. Then you most definitely need to throw ’em on the grill, Rahul! Just get the grill nice and hot, oil up the grates, and toss ’em on for a few minutes. The flavor change is amazing!

    1. You definitely need to try this one, Medha. I wasn’t sure if the grill would add enough flavor to justify the extra step…but it totally does! Happy grilling season…and happy Cinco de Mayo! 🙂

    1. Recreate this one, Jeff. Those blue corn tortilla chips are quite tasty…and they go quite well with grilled guac. Just sayin’. Do it!!

  6. What a fun twist on guacamole – I love bbq season but I have to admit so far I have not been out in the garden at 6 am to make breakfast sausages 😉 Very impressive. I like tomatoes in my guacamole but I don’t always include them. Sometimes it is just avocado, some salt and lime and then there is the more luxurious version where I include tomatoes, garlic, cilantro etc. – I could eat guacamole with just everything 😉

    1. Yeah, the 6am breakfast sausages was in a previous life. Back before kids when we’d tailgate for football (American-style football) games all day. Now I’m up at 6am everyday, but it’s usually changing/feeding/entertaining a squawking child. 🙂 Give this grilled guac a try…the smokiness from the grill adds a totally unique twist to an old favorite!

  7. Dude, GRILLED GUAC? Actually, you are the grill master so this doesn’t surprise me. Grilled ice cream and grilled workouts next week please.

    PS- Loving the new look and layout! Was meaning to say it last time!

    1. Grilled ice cream? Say what? Are you crazy, mate? That would just make a huge mess of my grill! (Actually, I did take a moment to see if I could figure it out. Putting it on the back burner for now. The back grill burner that is!)

  8. Wow, I had no idea grilled guacamole was a thing, but now I know that it exists, I am itching to try it! I have heard of grilled avocado – it seems to be all the rage on Instagram – but it had never occurred to me that it could be grilled, mashed and incorporated into something else. Love your work, David! By the way, I’m imagining you using your grill in amongst the snow (something that doesn’t exist here in Brisbane – the snow, that is, not grills!) and it’s making me laugh. When you gotta grill, you gotta grill – true story 😉

    1. Avocados can totally be grilled and turned into guac! You just gotta have a nice hot grill with oiled grates. (Otherwise you’d end up leaving half of your avocado on the grill. Not like I know from experience or anything…) Oh, and I absolutely did roll that grill up onto a snow pile on the porch one year. It was like March(ish), so I was ready for warmer weather anyways. And you know what? Those were the best burgers ever! Hah! 🙂

  9. David, at first I imagined you grilling the final product, dip. Trust me, I might have had the same look (if not worse) your wife has:) But grilling avocados makes sense to me! This lifts them to the new level. I remember roasting them on a dry skillet many years ago, and that was so good. So I am absolutely supporting this excellent idea. Well done!

    1. Haha…yeah, I might be a little crazy, but even I am smart enough to not drop spoonfuls of guacamole onto a grill. (Well…maybe…) 🙂

    1. Oh man, this one is definitely a keeper, too, Manali! It only takes a couple of extra minutes to grill the avocados + onions…and it makes such a cool difference in the ultimate flavor! But this one on the summer grilling list for sure. 🙂

    1. Yes! I see that our Saturday is supposed to be really nice here, too. That means the grill will be out. Not sure what we’ll have going on, but I suspect that another round of grilled guac might be on the agenda. 🙂 Thanks, Kathy!

    1. Thank you so much, Ami! The blog redesign is a work in progress, but it’s coming along. And definitely add grilled guac to your summer lineup. It’s incredible! 🙂

  10. I can’t say as I’ve ever grilled guac my friend, but it sounds fantastic (as do the grilled onion and avocado pics). Laura’s “Woah! This is delicious. I’m sorry I ever doubted you.” is all the validation I needed to read. 🙂
    Diggin’ the new site look, too buddy. Nicely done! #WolfpackGrillers

    1. Thanks, Kevin! The site redesign is a work in progress. I wasn’t planning on starting it so quickly, but it kinda landed in my lap. (I’m sure you know how that goes…) In the meantime, I plan on sitting back and enjoying some more grilled guac + blue corn tortilla chips. (This stuff is awesome!!)

    1. You are way too kind, Muna! Thank you! I say sit back, relax and let your mind float away to a nice, warm place…filled with delicious food and treats of course! 🙂

  11. Grilled guac seems like such a good idea! I definitely need to try it this summer on my grill. I’m a huge guacamole fan and while I love tomatoes, I usually keep mine simple and make it with just avocado, sea salt, red onion, and a drizzle of lemon & olive oil. Why complicate something that’s already perfect the way it is, ya know?

    1. I honestly wasn’t sure if grilling the avocados would work. Would they like melt into the grill? I figured it was worth a shot, though…and they totally worked! Give it a shot sometime soon! 🙂

  12. You’ve done it again! I love guacamole and would have never thought to grill the avocados and onions to make this version. I’m sure this is a game changer! As far as tomatoes in my guac I am with your wife. I’ll pass on them. 🙂

    1. Grilled guacamole is totally a thing, Tamara…I predict it will appear many, many times this summer! 🙂 But only with tomatoes…haha. Just kidding!

  13. Holy guacamole!
    Bratton tested and approved!
    At first I was like “wtf, this guy is grilling the avacados. That can’t be worth the trouble.” But after doing it, I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
    And tomatoes definitely belong in gauc. I didn’t know that was ever a debate.

    1. Holy guacamole, Bratton! You know me and the grill…if I can grill it, I will. Grilling avocados is a bit odd, but the flavor is amazing. Now I wonder what else I can find to put on the grill next…Guinness? Smoked Guinness?

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