Add An Explosion Of Flavor To Guacamole With One Rich Ingredient

A bowl of guacamole
A bowl of guacamole - Valentyn Volkov/Shutterstock

Guacamole is as familiar as can be, and that's what we love about it. No matter what the meal entails, you can always count on this avocado-based dish to bring everything together. It certainly helps that you can make a great guacamole with a just few staple ingredients. Don't let the fun end there, however. Add roasted garlic to the mix and transform a basic guacamole into a deeper-flavored delight. This one-ingredient upgrade is all you need to take the taste to the next level, all without changing the beloved essence of a classic guacamole.

The roasting process mellows out garlic's raw, pungent flavor, turning it into a softer sweetness, nuanced with aromatic, nutty hints. As you add it to the guacamole, it brings a beautiful complexity to the guacamole's classic creamy, nutty taste. No longer is the flavor profile one-dimensional or repetitive. Instead, it's layered with a tantalizing richness and a juxtaposition of deep and vibrant notes.

Moreover, roasted garlic has a buttery tenderness that melts right into the guacamole's thick texture. Seamlessly mashed together, they create a luscious, velvety consistency that is utterly satisfying. However you plan to serve your enhanced guac, this textural and flavorful boost will be a much-welcomed upgrade.

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halved roasted garlic on board - Rudisill/Getty Images

Roasting garlic isn't complicated. Just grab a garlic head with the top sliced off, drizzle it with olive oil, and wrap it in foil (or put it in a muffin tin if you don't have the aluminum foil). Roast in the oven for around 45 minutes. Once the time's up and it's cooled down a bit, just pop the cloves out and mash them straight into the avocado alongside everything else.

The remaining ingredients are as per usual: Red onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and a few squeezes of lime juice. Since the garlic is already packed with flavor, you won't need more than a teaspoon of salt to season the guacamole. For a kick of heat, add minced jalapeño or poblano pepper or habanero pepper for a full-on fiery experience. If you want herbaceous flair instead, you've got plenty to choose from, with basil, parsley, and chives all pairing well.

With a roasted garlic addition, your guacamole still makes a phenomenal spread for sandwiches, and maybe an even better dip than before. Serve it with tortilla chips and you've got the perfect quick snack. But that's not all. The guacamole can also be used as a topping for tacos, nachos, and other Mexican favorites. Top these cheesy meaty nachos with it for a moreish light meal. And it also works like a dream as a side with grilled meat, balancing out the hearty, savory taste with its soothing texture and garlic-enriched flavors.

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