Guacamole Rice

Guacamole Rice - all of the ingredients from guacamole, smashed into rice for a unique side dish! Serve warm or cold. | foxeslovelemons.com

If I had to choose my “Top 5 Foods I Couldn’t Live Without,” avocados would definitely be on that list. While I had enjoyed sides of guacamole to go with Mexican food for a long time, theobsession began one summer day in college.

My roommates and I lived in a rental house in Ann Arbor, MI that was was within walking/biking distance to The Produce Station, one of the best produce markets around. On a whim, I bought a few avocados, a jalapeño, a tomato, and some cilantro one day, and toted it back home on my bike. I mashed it into some guacamole, and as my roommates slowly trickled in from summer jobs and classes, they all joined me in the kitchen and began to eat it. Before I knew it, it was gone, and they requested that I immediately make it again. Really – they wanted me to ride my bike back to The Produce Station, get more stuff, and make it for them again. That day. Well, I waited until the next day, and did just that. And then the day after as well. It got to a point where as soon as somebody walked in the door, they asked “when is that guacamole gonna be ready?”

Guacamole Rice - all of the ingredients from guacamole, smashed into rice for a unique side dish! Serve warm or cold. | foxeslovelemons.com

I’m still obsessed with avocados, especially in the warmer months. It does get a little bit ridiculous – the other day, I was out to dinner with family. I was going to order a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado on it for dinner. But, because we had been working in the yard all day, I was straight-up famished. So I said “hey guys, you want to order some chips and guacamole as an appetizer?” Yes, double avocado. My idea of a dream meal.

This Cinco de Mayo, I’m trying my hand at mashing guacamole ingredients into some rice. I used white rice here, but it would work equally as well with brown rice, quinoa, Israeli couscous, barley, or any other type of grain you would like to use. The instructions are three short sentences – it couldn’t be any simpler. It is also easily doubled or tripled for a large batch to take to a party. If you need another fun dish to take, try some Chicken and Green Chile Taquitos with Coriander-Sour Cream Sauce (it’s a mouthful, but easier than it sounds).

I originally intended this guacamole rice to be a warm dish. But, after I made it and then spent a half hour photographing it, by the time I tasted it, it was cold. And it was delicious! So, I served it as a cold rice salad-type dish that night for dinner alongside some turkey and black bean enchiladas. And yes, I had an extra avocado, so I sliced that up and put it on top of the enchiladas. Dream meal.

Guacamole Rice - all of the ingredients from guacamole, smashed into rice for a unique side dish! Serve warm or cold. | foxeslovelemons.com

Guacamole Rice

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1-1/2 limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice, quinoa, barley or couscous
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed with press, or minced and ground into a paste
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (I only add some of the seeds to the dish. Do as you please.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mash together avocado, lime juice and salt. Add remaining ingredients, toss to combine well. Serve warm or cold.

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129 comments

  1. Yum! I love, love guacamole too and this rice sounds absolutely delicious! Pinning and making asap!

  2. Yum! I love, love guacamole too and this rice sounds absolutely delicious! Pinning and making asap!

  3. Oh, how gorgeous! I love how you presented and styled your dish. The ingredients photo is gorgeous as well. Since I have all the ingredients you’ve pictured, I’ll be making this dish as part of our dinner today! Thank you for sharing. You asked about the taco press on my blog last week (forgive me for taking days to get back to you). I ordered it from Amazon.com.

  4. Oh, how gorgeous! I love how you presented and styled your dish. The ingredients photo is gorgeous as well. Since I have all the ingredients you’ve pictured, I’ll be making this dish as part of our dinner today! Thank you for sharing. You asked about the taco press on my blog last week (forgive me for taking days to get back to you). I ordered it from Amazon.com.

  5. My gosh I am loving all of these recipes today! Your recipe is so clever and such a great idea! I would have never thought of putting avocado in rice. I have put it on top of rice but not in it. I LOVE it!!

  6. My gosh I am loving all of these recipes today! Your recipe is so clever and such a great idea! I would have never thought of putting avocado in rice. I have put it on top of rice but not in it. I LOVE it!!

  7. Great way to add Mexican flair to a rice dish, Lori!

  8. Great way to add Mexican flair to a rice dish, Lori!

  9. Rice will be at the top of my list. And avocados probably too! This is so up my alley. Seriously, it´s the kind of thing I like to have in the fridge and binge on at all times!

  10. Rice will be at the top of my list. And avocados probably too! This is so up my alley. Seriously, it´s the kind of thing I like to have in the fridge and binge on at all times!

  11. The colors in this recipe are absolutely gorgeous!!! I have to agree with you – avocados are also one of my top foods I could not live without. I probably eat 1-2 a week in some form!

  12. The colors in this recipe are absolutely gorgeous!!! I have to agree with you – avocados are also one of my top foods I could not live without. I probably eat 1-2 a week in some form!

  13. My daughter is obsessed with guacamole and she just went crazy when she saw this recipe… totally trying this!

  14. My daughter is obsessed with guacamole and she just went crazy when she saw this recipe… totally trying this!

  15. Now I’m in love with this rice. It looks so creamy and delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  16. Now I’m in love with this rice. It looks so creamy and delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  17. I’ve never seen anything like this – I love it! That second photo (with the ingredients) is stunning, by the way.

  18. I’ve never seen anything like this – I love it! That second photo (with the ingredients) is stunning, by the way.

  19. I would top this with grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers and oink out on an amazing dinner! Love this rice…I too adore avocados!!

  20. I would top this with grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers and oink out on an amazing dinner! Love this rice…I too adore avocados!!

  21. Oh, wow, wow! Yum. I cannot get over the idea of guacamole and rice meeting and marrying together. This is definitely happening in my kitchen. Great recipe!

  22. Oh, wow, wow! Yum. I cannot get over the idea of guacamole and rice meeting and marrying together. This is definitely happening in my kitchen. Great recipe!

  23. This is definitely something my family would love, especially my mom and grandma!

  24. This is definitely something my family would love, especially my mom and grandma!

  25. Oh, yes guacamole rice sounds perfect!!! My entire family loves avocado and this is the perfect twist on it! Thank you for sharing 🙂 ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  26. Oh, yes guacamole rice sounds perfect!!! My entire family loves avocado and this is the perfect twist on it! Thank you for sharing 🙂 ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  27. Thanks Katy. I hope you enjoy it!

  28. Thanks Alaiyo! I hope you have a great dinner, and you enjoy the rice! Oh, and thanks for the info about the tortilla press 🙂

  29. You’re my kind of gal! I’d order double avocado for dinner, too! Your rice looks amazing!

  30. Thanks, Jennifer! I’m also loving all of these recipes today!

  31. You’re my kind of gal! I’d order double avocado for dinner, too! Your rice looks amazing!

  32. Haha, thanks Paula! I’ve found that it actually keeps pretty well in the fridge. I have a small dish of it still, four days laters, and it’s still bright green!

  33. I know, they are just so good! People call them “nature’s butter,” right? 🙂

  34. Haha, thanks Isabel! I hope your daughter enjoys it!

  35. Thanks so much, Lauren! I’ve been working on my food photography lately, so it’s always nice to hear you’re doing something right 🙂

  36. OMG, that sounds AMAZING. And, I have a pineapple in the kitchen! Ahhh!!

  37. Thanks Nicole! I hope you enjoy it.

  38. Thanks Sarah! Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try.

  39. Thanks Bea! Avocados are the BEST!

  40. Yes! Let’s go to dinner together, and order QUADRUPLE avocado 🙂

  41. This looks awesome! I can’t wait to check out The Produce Station! I love grocery stores!

  42. This looks awesome! I can’t wait to check out The Produce Station! I love grocery stores!

  43. Yummy! Guac rice sounds like a great side dish for Cinco de Mayo!

  44. Yummy! Guac rice sounds like a great side dish for Cinco de Mayo!

  45. What an awesome twist on guac and rice! I’ve never thought about combining the two, and love that it can be a nice cold salad too… pinning this one! 😉

  46. What an awesome twist on guac and rice! I’ve never thought about combining the two, and love that it can be a nice cold salad too… pinning this one! 😉

  47. Oh, I have to try this and soon! I love creamy rice dishes, so this is right up my alley!

  48. Oh, I have to try this and soon! I love creamy rice dishes, so this is right up my alley!

  49. You know you’ve got a hit when roommates are demanding seconds! What is the saying? Like white on sticky rice, I’m all over this recipe. It’s a keeper! Thank you, Lori =)

  50. You know you’ve got a hit when roommates are demanding seconds! What is the saying? Like white on sticky rice, I’m all over this recipe. It’s a keeper! Thank you, Lori =)

  51. I could not live without Avocados either! This is such a great way to make rice. I can’t wait to try it!

  52. I could not live without Avocados either! This is such a great way to make rice. I can’t wait to try it!

  53. Um, yes please! i LOVE avocados! Easy and flavorful…I’m definitely going to make this!

  54. Um, yes please! i LOVE avocados! Easy and flavorful…I’m definitely going to make this!

  55. Guacamole rice?! OMG, what a great idea! I love this! totally going to try this!

  56. Guacamole rice?! OMG, what a great idea! I love this! totally going to try this!

  57. Thanks, Ninja Baker! I hope you enjoy it!

  58. Thanks Shannon! I appreciate it!

  59. Thanks KM! I hope you love it as much as I do!

  60. Thanks so much, Alice! I hope it turns out great for you!

  61. I loved reading your story about riding your bike over and over again to the produce market for more of those yummy avocados! I am in love with avocadoes too and could seriously eat them all day, every day. Will bookmark this recipe for a great side dish!

  62. I loved reading your story about riding your bike over and over again to the produce market for more of those yummy avocados! I am in love with avocadoes too and could seriously eat them all day, every day. Will bookmark this recipe for a great side dish!

  63. Lol, the things we’ll do for our friends, eh? How many consecutive days did you make it the guacamole? I’m in love with this dish. I only recently discovered how amazing avocados are and I can’t stop eating them. This would be the perfect side dish for any meal, especially now that’s getting warmer and BBQ season is around the corner.

  64. Lol, the things we’ll do for our friends, eh? How many consecutive days did you make it the guacamole? I’m in love with this dish. I only recently discovered how amazing avocados are and I can’t stop eating them. This would be the perfect side dish for any meal, especially now that’s getting warmer and BBQ season is around the corner.

  65. Man do I wish I had an avacado in my fridge because I have everything else and I’d love to whip this up NOW!! Thanks for sharing!

  66. Man do I wish I had an avacado in my fridge because I have everything else and I’d love to whip this up NOW!! Thanks for sharing!

  67. You are a GENIUS! LOVE the idea of avocados in rice!!

  68. Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy it if you end up making it 🙂

  69. Oh, I’m pretty sure I made them guacamole at least 4 to 5 days a week for months on end! haha.

  70. Thanks Tammi! I hope you get to make it when you get that avocado 🙂

  71. What a unique rice dish and I agree with you about the avos. Love them!!

  72. What a unique rice dish and I agree with you about the avos. Love them!!

  73. The recipe is too nice and fantastic post. Clickcocktails

  74. I love guacamole and I love rice – I just never mixed it together. How perfect is this!

  75. I love guacamole and I love rice – I just never mixed it together. How perfect is this!

  76. Thanks Megan! It was done on a total whim, but I’m glad it turned out so well 🙂

  77. I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of avocados or guacamole until several years ago. All it took was a “real” batch of guacamole and I was hooked. Now, like you, I can’t get enough of them.

    • Yep, the same story for me! I didn’t each much avocado growing up, and when I tried guacamole at chain restaurants, it was always so bad! I’m glad I discovered that avocados can be so much better than that 🙂

  78. I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of avocados or guacamole until several years ago. All it took was a “real” batch of guacamole and I was hooked. Now, like you, I can’t get enough of them.

  79. Yep, the same story for me! I didn’t each much avocado growing up, and when I tried guacamole at chain restaurants, it was always so bad! I’m glad I discovered that avocados can be so much better than that 🙂

  80. I made this for dinner last night; my husband and I both loooooved it! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  81. I made this for dinner last night; my husband and I both loooooved it! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  82. Yay, I’m so glad you loved it, Kate! I think I’m going to make another batch this weekend. Memorial Day weekend calls for guac rice, I think 🙂

  83. I am soooo excited I found this recipe. I LOVE avacados and of course, gaucamole. I am going to add some roasted chicken or black beans and use it as burrito filler!!! 🙂

  84. I am soooo excited I found this recipe. I LOVE avacados and of course, gaucamole. I am going to add some roasted chicken or black beans and use it as burrito filler!!! 🙂

  85. Yum, Ginny – that burrito sounds awesome! Great idea – I’m going to have to try that out too 🙂

  86. You are a GENIUS! LOVE the idea of avocados in rice!!

  87. Thanks! I hadn’t thought of it as a “creamy rice dish” until you mentioned it, but it really is! The avocados are so creamy!

  88. Thank you! I think I’m going to start making it as a side dish for just about everything 🙂 haha

  89. Oh yes, definitely check it out next time you’re in Ann Arbor. There’s also a sausage and charcuterie store next door called Biercamp (also awesome if you’re into that sort of thing).

  90. Omg this is so phenomenal ! My husband just started cooking and he loves your blog. He made this for me along with the chicken enchiladas with the avocado sauce… it was spectacular! Thank you!

  91. This looks delicious! This will be perfect as a side dish for my friends’ Cinco de Mayo celebration – last year I struggled a bit to come up with a Mexican dish without any dairy (many of my friends are lactose intolerant). Can’t wait to try this 🙂

    • Thanks CakePants! I see from your blog that you’re going to grad school here in Michigan! How do you like it here?

      • I am! I like it overall, although I’m more than ready for some warm weather at this point! Your post reminded me that I actually haven’t been to the Produce Station for a while now – definitely one of the perks of living around here 🙂

        • Oh, you’re in Ann Arbor! How fun. Yes, I know…the winters are horrible here. This one in particular. But the spring (if we get it) and summer should be quite lovely. Hopefully. I need to swing by the Produce Station next time I’m in AA. I follow them on Instagram, and they’re always posting amazing new products they are carrying!

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