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This avocado dip combines creamy avocado with sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, and shredded cheese for a quick and easy game-day snack.

Brown bowl filled with avocado dip that has been garnished with tomatoes, cheese, and cilantro.

If you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for long, you probably know something about me: Football annoys me.

And don’t even get me started on fantasy football teams. Hello, it’s fantasy, so why is it necessary to take over the laptop, iPad, and TV to check scores and stats of some fantasy game?

But the one thing I don’t mind about football is the food. You probably wouldn’t find me anywhere near a game-day party if it weren’t for the buffalo chicken dip, jalapeño popper dip, and spicy sausage dip.

Several years back, I had some beautiful avocados on hand and decided to throw together a dip with some other ingredients I found in my fridge. The result was a pretty rockin’ avocado dip that has since made an appearance for many football games.

Hand holding up a tortilla chip that has been dipped in avocado dip.

AVOCADO DIP VS GUACAMOLE

You might be thinking, “Jamie – isn’t avocado dip just guacamole?”

Sort of…but not necessarily. Guacamole tends to be made with lime juice, jalapeños, onions, and cilantro in addition to the avocado. 

This avocado dip, on the other hand, is more of a spin on traditional guacamole, and includes ingredients such as sour cream, cream cheese, salsa, and shredded cheddar cheese.

If you’re a guacamole purist, this probably isn’t the recipe for you. I’d recommend you try my spicy guacamole instead!

But if you love guacamole and other super creamy dips like my jalapeño dip or even a good ol’ 7-layer dip, and are open to trying something a bit different, you’ll love this avocado dip.

Give me a big bowl of this dip and a bag of tortilla chips and even *I* can happily sit through a game of football.

Sour cream, cream cheese, and spices mixed in a bowl.

HOW TO MAKE MY AVOCADO DIP

Like so many dip recipes, this one is pretty easy to make. And It’s even easier to make it as mild or as spicy as you like!

Ingredients you’ll need

To make my avocado dip, you will need:

  • 2 large or 3 small Haas avocados; halved, seeded and scooped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 3/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided use
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato; divided use
  • salt and pepper to taste

Use your favorite hot sauce and salsa when making this dip. I often use Sriracha, but you could use Cholula, Frank’s Red Hot, or something even spicier!

Same with the salsa. I usually use a mild or medium salsa, but don’t be afraid to grab a fiery one if you want a spicy dip.

Bowl of avocado mash next to a bowl of mixed sour cream and cream cheese.

Making this dip

To make your avocado dip, start by mashing the avocados in a bowl. I usually like to use a fork or a potato masher to do this.

If you need to use a food processor to do this you can, but keep in mind that it will make for a smoother mash and a smoother dip, with fewer chunks of avocado.

In a separate bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, sour cream, cumin, lime juice, and hot sauce. 

Mixed avocado dip in a glass bowl.

Fold the sour cream mixture into the avocados with the salsa, then add in ½ cup of the cheese and ½ cup of the diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste; you can also add in more hot sauce or lime juice if you like.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Garnish with the rest of the cheese and tomatoes, as well as some cilantro, before serving with tortilla chips.

Overhead view of a bowl filled with avocado dip, garnished with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, and cilantro.

STORAGE

Store this avocado dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Because the avocado is mixed with so many other ingredients, it should not oxidize as quickly as a traditional guacamole would. I still like to press a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the dip if I am storing it for longer than a day, though, just to be safe.

I don’t recommend freezing this dip, due to the dairy in it. 

Avocado dip garnished with cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro.
Overhead image of bowl filled with garnished avocado dip.

Avocado Dip

Yield: about 3 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This avocado dip combines creamy avocado with sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, and shredded cheese for a quick and easy game-day snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 small Haas avocados; halved, seeded and scooped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 3/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided use
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato; divided use
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mash avocados with a fork or potato masher.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream cheese, cumin, lime juice and hot sauce.
  3. Fold sour cream mixture and salsa into the avocados. Add in 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup tomato, season with salt and pepper; mix well.
  4. Cover mixture; chill 1 hour. Before serving, sprinkle remaining cheese and tomatoes over dip. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with chips.

Notes

  • The flavor of this dip will vary depending on the salsa you use. I prefer a fresh variety over canned.
  • For a spicier dip, use a fiery hot sauce and hot salsa.
  • If you prefer a smoother dip, place the avocado in a blender or food processor and pulse your machine until you reach a smooth consistency.
  • If you want a thinner dip, add in a bit more sour cream.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 188Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 28mgSodium 192mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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Daria

Monday 3rd of November 2014

It is an excellent recipe, I prepared it last time was a few friends visit us and were delighted. I put Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.

Jamie

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

Darla- I am glad the recipe worked for you. Thanks for visiting.

-Jamie

Geoff

Saturday 1st of February 2014

Can you substitute the sour cream with no-fat plain Greek yogurt?

Jamie

Tuesday 11th of February 2014

Hi Geoff, you definitely could. - Jamie

Betty

Saturday 1st of February 2014

I feel the same way about football! This dip though, is welcome in my house any time. Anything with avocados gets a thumbs up. :)

Ann

Friday 10th of January 2014

Won't the avocado turn brown without some lime squeezed over it before mixing with the rest of the ingredients?

Jamie

Friday 10th of January 2014

Hi Ann, I didn't experience that. - Jamie

Maria

Saturday 14th of July 2012

I found this recipe via pinterest not too long ago. I have made this dip twice and it's been a hit every time! It's super easy! Especially if you use the pre-chopped tomatoes which is conveniently located next to the fresh salsa. I like serving it with whole grain chips; it's delicious! I also skip the cilantro since I am not its biggest fan, but still tastes great! Thank you for such an awesome recipe!

Jamie

Monday 16th of July 2012

Maria- Thanks so much for reporting back, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. Have a great day! -Jamie

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