Grilled Avocado is fun and easy side dish or appetizer for your next BBQ. You'll be surprised about how good grilled avocado is - warm, soft, and perfect for scooping right out of the skin with a fork. Serve grilled avocado halves with a variety of toppings - I give you lots of ideas below!
Perfect for a Mexican themed dinner or party.
Fresh avocado appetizer
Avocados are awesome any time of year, but when summer rolls around, I feel like I could eat them with every meal. Making grilled avocado is the best excuse to enjoy avocados whenever you have a BBQ! And as a plus, it's a healthy appetizer for the summer.
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What in the world is "walking guacamole," you ask?? Well, have you ever heard of walking tacos?
You take all of the ingredients you'd put on a taco (seasoned meat, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, sour cream, beans, avocado, etc.) and combine them inside an individual-size bag of Fritos or other corn chips.
You can do the same thing with avocados, where you combine all the guacamole ingredients (lime juice, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro) in an individual avocado, mash it with a fork, and enjoy. It's like a rustic, deconstructed guacamole.
The best way to get your avocados soft enough to mash with a fork inside its shell is by grilling avocado.
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If you've never grilled avocado, you're in for a treat!
When you grill an avocado, it makes it a little more tender so that you can easily scoop the flesh right out of the shell, or mix your favorite avocado toppings right in with the avocado to make the perfect individual guacamole.
After the avocado is grilled, you top it with the ingredients you'd typically use in guacamole. Use a fork to combine the ingredients right inside the avocado shell, and either eat it with the fork or with a sturdy tortilla chip.
Related recipe: Summer Orzo Salad
How to grill avocado
The best part is how EASY it is to grill avocado!
Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Place the avocado halves flesh side down onto a preheated grill for 3-4 minutes, or until grill marks appear (the grilling time will depend on how hot your grill is, so make sure to check on it).
Remove the avocado halves from the grill with tongs and squeeze some fresh lime juice over the top. Sprinkle with salt, cumin, and chopped cilantro. Fill the center with any toppings of your choice.
Grilled avocado toppings
- A squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Ground cumin
- Chopped cilantro
- Diced green onion
- Diced tomato or pico de gallo
- Sliced jalapenos (fresh or canned)
- Tajin seasoning (this stuff is AWESOME!)
- Crumbled cooked bacon
- Diced ham
- Shredded cheese
- Crumbled or chopped cojita cheese or queso fresco
- Sour cream
Or simply serve grilled avocado halves next to a summer vegetable salad, such as a Vegetable Ceviche!
This is a fun and easy appetizer or side dish to make when you're grilling. You could even set up a "guacamole toppings bar" and let guests add the toppings of their choice.
It looks pretty, it's fun, and everybody gets to make it their own. And yet another added perk: no double-dipping!
Turn grilled avocado into a meal
Instead of serving grilled avocado as an appetizer or side dish, you can make it a meal by filling it with more hearty toppings, such as:
- Cooked quinoa + corn
- Tuna salad
- Black bean salad
- Taco-seasoned meat
Can you make grilled avocado without a grill?
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- 4 Hass avocados ripe
- fresh limes sliced
- ground cumin
- diced tomato
- other topping ideas see notes
- Grill or grill pan
- Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Place the avocado halves flesh-side down onto a preheated grill for 3-4 minutes or until grill marks appear (the grilling time will depend on how hot your grill is, so make sure to monitor).
- Remove avocados from the grill and squeeze some fresh lime juice over the top. Sprinkle with salt, cumin, and chopped cilantro. Fill center cavity with some diced tomato, or other toppings of your choice.Enjoy immediately, scooping soft avocado out with a fork, or by mashing the avocado to make personal guacamole.