Pomegranate Guacamole {a.k.a. The Best Guacamole That You Never Knew You Needed}

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Pomegranate Guacamole is a spicy, creamy, fresh as can be guacamole that is likely to turn your idea of what guacamole is supposed to be completely upside down.

If you are anything like me, you’re reading the title of this guacamole recipe and you’re likely about to scroll quickly past. But give me a quick moment to change your mind.

Have you tried Pomegranate Guacamole? It's fantastic!

A few years ago, we went out to dinner at a new to us restaurant, Barrio Queen. While there, we ordered tableside guacamole. Fresh guacamole is irresistible to me and I rarely turn it down.

This was completely different though. We were chatting with the waiter and I wasn’t paying much attention to the actual ingredients as he was making our guacamole.

However, the last thing he tossed into the bowl was a heaping spoonful of pomegranate seeds and I’m pretty sure my face gave my thoughts away.

Apparently, I’m set in my ways about some things, because to put it dramatically, I was horrified. I just knew the guacamole would be ruined. Or at least, to put it mildly, I was certain I wouldn’t love it.

If I had realized in advance that there would be pomegranates in the guacamole, I would’ve asked him to leave them off. (Yes, sometimes I am less than adventurous with my food.)

All of that said, I am SO GLAD that we tried it their way. After just a few bites, I was hooked and we quite literally almost licked that bowl clean.

Pomegranate Guacamole is a hit

Before we left, Our waiter was very patient and walked me through their recipe for Pomegranate Guacamole. I wrote down each step on the back of the receipt and then stopped at the store for a pomegranate on the way home.

The pomegranate makes this guacamole absolutely unforgettable and I’ve made this countless times now. My original plan was to serve this guacamole with Carnitas Street Tacos, but truthfully? Every single time we make this guacamole, my family devours it within minutes.

HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE

With so many guacamole recipes available and countless methods recommended, how do you choose one?

At its heart, to make guacamole you just smash avocado with lime, cilantro, salt, pepper, and whichever spicy or not-so-spicy additional items you like best. For me, the jalapeno is never optional.

I’ve shared traditional Spicy Guacamole, Roasted Garlic and Bacon Guacamole, and Green Chile Guacamole with you in the past. And they are all delicious.

However, I’ll go ahead and admit that since I tried this Pomegranate Guacamole a few years ago, this is the only one I make any time I can get my hands on pomegranate seeds.

Spicy Guacamole with Pomegranates is a favorite

HOW TO JUICE KEY LIMES

This recipe calls for key limes, instead of the traditional limes. Key limes are more fragrant and the flavor actually is different in this guacamole. Some people say that the key lime flavor is bolder than regular limes, but I just think it is different, not necessarily bolder.

I’ve made this guacamole with both types of limes to test it. It was a real hardship testing it twice. However, if key limes aren’t available to you, subbing half lemon and half lime juice for the key lime works nicely and is a close flavor match.

To make juicing the key limes easier, microwave the key limes for about 20 seconds before cutting them open. I find it easier to juice them with a reamer or a fork most of the time. Key limes can be difficult to juice and the amount of juice can vary greatly. I recommend buying a few extras, just in case yours aren’t especially juicy.

Still have pomegranate seeds leftover? Try these Little Pomegranate Dessert Cups or this Pomegranate Chicken.

Pomegranate Guacamole

Kitchen Tip: I use this bowl and this knife to make this recipe.

Pomegranate Guacamole Recipe

  1. Combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and avocado in a medium-size mixing bowl. Use a potato masher (I love this one for guac!) or a fork to smash the avocado, feel free to leave a few smaller chunks in the mix.
  2. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Add the pomegranate seeds.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. Store the guacamole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Pomegranate Guacamole is a hit

Pomegranate Guacamole

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Pomegranate Guacamole is a spicy, creamy, fresh as can be guacamole that is likely to turn your idea of what guacamole is supposed to be upside down.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons fresh tomatoes, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons fresh jalapeno, minced
  • 2 key limes, juiced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 2 large avocados, cut into bite-size chunks (about 2 cups worth)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds (a.k.a. pomegranate arils)

Instructions

  • Combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and avocado in a medium-size mixing bowl. Use a potato masher or a fork to smash the avocado, feel free to leave a few smaller chunks in the mix.
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Add the pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. Store the guacamole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Enjoy!

Notes

To make juicing the key limes easier, microwave the key limes for about 20 seconds before cutting them open. 
If key limes are not available, half lemon juice and half regular lime juice can be substituted for the key lime juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal · Carbohydrates: 3g · Sodium: 1mg · Potassium: 71mg · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 155IU · Vitamin C: 15.5mg
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{originally published 5/31/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 11/25/20}

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jennifer says

    The original Barrio restaurant (on 16th & Thomas) is my favorite restaurant in all of Phoenix. I heard there was one at the airport and another location, too. This is my favorite guac, too! The pomegranate seeds take it to a different level! They only use them in season, though, I think they use dried currants or something in the winter. Thanks for asking and providing the recipe – I’m going to make it this weekend!5 stars