Guacamole is a signature college food, considering it’s semi-healthy reputation and its versatility as a dip or a spread. But this king of college munchies doesn’t have to always stay the same. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is a classic recipe and some ways to change up your guac:

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If you want to make your own guacamole try this classic recipe:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


2-3 fresh avocados
¼ teaspoon fresh garlic or a few pinches of garlic powder
3 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
½ – 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1 chopped jalapeño
Salt to taste
1 lime


Just mash the avocados and then throw in garlic, cilantro, shallot, jalapeño, and lime juice and you’re done! Add salt to taste. Protip: if you want to skip the homemade – try Trader Joe’s – you won’t be able to taste the difference!

And here are some variations:

Sweet Corn Guacamole

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Adding corn to a classic guacamole will bring out the natural tang from the citrus, and make for a sweeter variation of the traditional variation.

Roasted Peppers and Sun-dried Tomato Guacamole

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Throw in some roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes or both to make this “euro” variation of guac. The varied textures play against guac’s avocado base and create more texture.

Mango-Jalapeño Guacamole

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The richness and sweetness of the mango pairs wonderfully with a guac that has a few extra pinches of jalapeños for spice. Pair it with a margarita and you’re golden.