Our best recipes with avocado include authentic guacamole, avocado smoothies, smashed avocado on toast, creamy avocado pasta, and more if you’re preparing for Australia’s ‘avolanche’. If you’re not, avocados could help beat the blues and reduce blood pressure, so if you’re depressed or stressed, put our best avocado recipes on repeat. They not only taste good but avocados are good for you.
If you’re an Australian searching for recipes with avocado – avocado prices are at a record low due to a bumper avocado harvest (there’ll be 22 avocados for every Australian!) and an avocado glut in Australia is being reported as an avo-lanche – then browse our avocado recipes below. We’ve got avocado recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything from a classic cafe-style avocado toast to make at home to breakfast nachos, breakfast salad, avocado pasta, and more.
And if you’re not an Australian wallowing in avocados like a kid in a dry pool filled with colourful balls, I still recommend boosting your avocado intake as research has shown that avocados can help beat the blues and could help reduce blood pressure. I don’t know about you, but my pandemic blues and anxiety are returning.
I’ve been feeling a little down lately and increasingly anxious, worried about the health of loved-ones, especially my mum down in Australia where Covid is spiralling out of control again. Then there’s the cost-of-living crisis, the climate emergency (who else is feeling that impending sense of doom?), the war in Ukraine, and situation in Palestine and Myanmar.
I’ll be buying more avocados from the market than I know what to do with and will be sharing more avocado recipes here. But before I tell you more about avocados and how good they are for us, I have a favour to ask. Grantourismo is reader-funded. If you’ve used and enjoyed our recipes, please consider supporting Grantourismo so we can keep creating mouthwatering food content for you.
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Published 15 September 2021; updated 28 July 2022
Recipes with Avocado to Help Beat the Blues – Guacamole, Avocado Smoothies, Smashed Avocado and More
Avocados are amazing. They’re not only incredibly delicious, but they’re very nutritious, low in sugar, and high in fibre, which helps digestion. Avocados are also loaded with vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamins B6, C and E, and folate.
Research suggests folate helps keep depression at bay, lowers the risk of certain cancers, improves bone health, and wards off osteoporosis; potassium helps lower sodium levels, ease tension in blood vessel walls, and thus helps reduce blood pressure; while vitamin E helps reduce chronic inflammation, which is responsible for all kinds of diseases, including Alzheimers and diabetes.
Avocados are also high in ‘good’ fats, including a monounsaturated fatty acid called oleic acid, which can help reduce cardiovascular inflammation, and contain a nutrient called beta-sitosterol, which is essentially the plant version of cholesterol, which can help lower your cholesterol levels.
If that weren’t enough, avocados also have antioxidants which help protect your eyes from UV damage and prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, not that we get out much these days. Now let me tell you about our recipes with avocado.
Our Best Recipes with Avocado
Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe for the Best Avocado Dip
This authentic Mexican guacamole recipe is one of our best recipes with avocado. It makes a genuine Mexican guacamole of the kind your Mexican grandma might make if you have one. This is the best avocado dip recipe making you a guacamole with a creamy luscious texture, bright green colour and full flavour of perfectly ripe avocados. I’ve been making this authentic Mexican guacamole recipe for almost 30 years, since we tasted our first proper guacamole in Mexico City on our inaugural trip to Mexico in the Nineties. Mexican chefs recommend mashing the ingredients together with a fork or using a Mexican mortar and pestle called a molcajete. If you don’t have one you could try an Asian-style granite mortar and pestle.
Creamy Avocado Smoothie Recipe for a Sip of Southeast Asia At Home
My easy creamy avocado smoothie recipe is another of our best recipes with avocado. The recipe calls for just four ingredients – including two 300 gram avocados – and takes no more than five minutes to make. The result is an incredibly creamy avocado shake that is filling and healthy. If you’ve had avocado smoothies in Southeast Asia or South America, you can travel with your taste-buds for a sip of the tropics at home. This super-simple avocado smoothie recipe has been on repeat in our kitchen here in Siem Reap since I bought a few kilos of fantastic avocados from farmers in Ratanikiri province in eastern Cambodia. They are the best avocados I’ve ever had in my life.
Classic Avocado Toast Recipe for an Australian Café Breakfast at Home
This classic Australian mashed avocado toast recipe with poached eggs is one of my favourite recipes with avocado. It will make you one of Australia’s most quintessential Aussie café breakfast dishes at home – ‘smashed avo on toast’. Just add a side of generously buttered sourdough toast, a jar of Vegemite, a tumbler of freshly squeezed orange juice (‘OJ’), and good coffee. There has to be really good coffee. This is the perfect breakfast to make this weekend if you’re in lockdown in Australia and missing your regular Sunday breakfast at your favourite neighbourhood café. Or if you’re not and, like these two Australians here in Southeast Asia, you’re just missing Australia and Australian café culture.
Fried Egg Avocado Breakfast Banh Mi Recipe or Breakfast Num Pang
This recipe for fried egg avocado breakfast banh mi or breakfast num pang is another of our best recipes with avocado. This recipe will make you a filled breakfast sandwich or breakfast baguette that’s inspired by our favourite Australian café breakfasts (above) and the kind of baguettes with eggs that we’ve long eaten and loved in Cambodia and Vietnam, such as banh mi op la in Hoi An. After recently publishing the recipe for the smashed avocado and eggs on toast that we used to eat in our hometown of Sydney in the 80s and 90s and seeing how much our readers enjoyed the recipe, it got us wondering about a Southeast Asian style ‘smashed avo’ and whether it would work on a baguette. Let us know what you think.
Breakfast Nachos Recipe with Fried Egg, Avocado, Escabeche, Chilli and Salsa
Our completely addictive breakfast nachos recipe with fried egg, avocado, escabeche, chilli and spicy salsa makes a cheesy nachos topped with homemade Mexican escabeche or mixed vegetable pickles, vegetarian bean chilli, spicy tomato salsa, avocado slices, and sour cream. It makes a fun, filling weekend brunch if you’re in need of comfort food – or a hangover cure. If you’ve made our ultimate nachos recipe, then you’re going to love our breakfast nachos recipe, which is another recipe from our Weekend Eggs series. And if you’ve made our vegetarian bean chilli, our jalapeno pickles or Mexican escabeche or mixed vegetable pickles, then this breakfast nachos gives you a great excuse to use them – along with Terence’s easy tomato salsa, or chilli con carne if you prefer meat with your chilli.
Breakfast Salad Recipe with Soft Boiled Eggs, Bacon, Avocado, and Mushrooms
Our best breakfast salad recipe makes a healthy-ish breakfast salad with soft boiled eggs, avocado, crispy bacon, mushrooms sautéed in bacon juices, crunchy lettuce, sweet cherry tomatoes, and bright tangy pickles. It’s for those of you who can’t decide between a healthy breakfast or comforting bacon and eggs and it’s another of my favourite recipes with avocado. And who doesn’t love a deliciously filling breakfast salad? Guilt-free bacon, eggs and mushrooms – and crispy bacon and mushrooms sautéed in bacon juices at that! – lightened up in a fresh fragrant salad of avocado, lettuce and cherry tomatoes made all the healthier with zingy pickles, which are so good for our gut-health.
Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Taco Recipe with Chorizo and Mashed Avocado
This easy scrambled eggs breakfast taco recipe with avocado and chorizo is another one of my favourite recipes with avocado. It makes a deliciously light yet filling breakfast taco that feels very healthy thanks to the avocado. While these Mexican breakfast tacos come together quickly, an array of garnishes, salsas and hot sauces help make this breakfast special. While Mexicans have long eaten tacos for breakfast – or brunch, lunch, dinner, or as a snack; at a taqueria, on the street, and in in the home – it’s Texas that claims to have coined the term ‘breakfast taco’. We don’t care who invented the breakfast taco, we’re big fans, especially when they’re spread with avocado.
Red Chilaquiles Recipe with Fried Eggs for Mexican Chilaquiles Rojos con Huevos Fritos
Our Mexican red chilaquiles recipe with fried eggs for chilaquiles rojos con huevos fritos makes a popular Mexican comfort food eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or supper. Invented to make use of stale corn tortillas, it’s easy to prepare, versatile, and this version is vegetarian. When I first fell in love with Mexican chilaquiles – which are homemade tortilla chips called totopos in Mexico, made from frying stale corn tortillas, which are then cooked in salsa, and served with Mexican cotija and crema – it was chilaquiles verdes or green chilaquiles with shredded chicken. Oh my, it was so good. It was at the retro charmer Café la Blanca in Mexico City back in the mid- to late-1990s and it’s that chilaquiles that inspired these recipes.
Shredded Chicken Tacos Recipe with Avocado, Vegan Chilli and Mexican Pickles
This easy shredded chicken tacos recipe with avocado, vegan chilli and Mexican pickled onions and pickled cabbage makes a fantastic filling lunch or light dinner that’s a cinch to make and can be assembled quickly. Pop a fried egg on top and you have a breakfast taco, roll it up and it’s a breakfast burrito, and make extra shredded chicken from poached chicken to keep in the fridge for salads and sandwiches. It was a recipe born from leftovers, so these days I plan ahead and prepare the shredded chicken and bean chilli in advance just so I can make this, which also means no cooking – aside from warming up the tortillas in a pan.
Easy Avocado Pasta Recipe for a Retro Italian-Australian Pasta Classic
Our avocado pasta recipe is another of my favourite recipes with avocado. It makes an easy creamy avocado pasta sauce that you can serve at room temperature or heat up and combine with any fresh or dried pasta of your choice. A popular Italian-Australian pasta of the 1980s and 1990s, we think it’s time this retro-classic made a comeback. You can also serve this avocado pasta with grilled chicken or salmon, both of which were hugely popular additions for this avocado pasta in Australia.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our best recipes with avocado as we’d love to know how they turn out for you.