Feb 28

Creamy Cilantro Cheesy Guacamole

This is not my recipe.

Creamy Cilantro Guacamole (4 of 8)

It’s the National Dairy Council’s Recipe.  But there are just somethings you NEED to know about.  I’m telling you, those dairy people know what they’re doing.  I only made some minor modifications. 

So I discovered this recipe last week when I attended a cooking class put on by Dairy Max.  In the class, guest chef Robin Plotkin (one of my fave RD’s) made this Cheesy Guacamole that changed my life.  In the most dramatic way possible, I will never be the same.  Or at least my guacamole will never be the same.  Now my avocados will always be getting all cozy with cottage cheese.  If cottage cheese gives you the heebie-jeebies, you have to be strong and make this.  You’ll make it through.  Promise.  And then you’ll be in creamy guacamole-ness.  A place where everyone likes to be.

Creamy Cilantro Guacamole (3 of 8)

This creamy concoction has the same effect that peanut butter has.  You know the effect where you are defenseless against going back to the jar for little spoonfuls.  That was so me with this guacamole.  It doesn’t need chips or quesadillas or anything.  I’ve just been eating it by the spoonful.  I have added it to salmon croquettes and mexican lasagna, but the spoon technique is quite sufficient.

Creamy Cilantro Guacamole (6 of 8)

Growing up, most every Thursday night was Mexican food night.  My family would go to our favorite Mexican food place and I’d eat far too many chips and then occasionally we’d drive through the local custard place on the way home.   Any who, the point is that I think we’ve all had the creamy cilantro dip from Chuy’s.*  So salty.  So creamy.  So many people freak out over it.  Honestly, I don’t really get it.  I think it’s thin and whimpy.  This creamy cilantro cheesy guacamole is how I imagined the Chuy’s creamy cilantro was going to taste.  I want some body and super creaminess to my dips.

*fyi: Chuy’s isn’t our favorite Mexican food restaurant.  That would be ridiculous.

Creamy Cilantro Guacamole (7 of 8)

Creamy Cilantro Cheesy Guacamole
  1. 16 oz cottage cheese, 2% milk
  2. 1 cup avocado, diced
  3. 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  4. 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  5. 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  8. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cumin and garlic powder. Process until smooth. Add in the diced avocado and pulse a couple times to incorporate. Don't blend the avocado completely in, there should still be avocado chunks. Serve with chips or on top of pretty much anything.
Adapted from The National Dairy Council's Cheesy Guacamole
Creamy Cilantro Guacamole (8 of 8)

25 comments on “Creamy Cilantro Cheesy Guacamole”

  1. Oh wow this looks delicious! All things dairy are good in my book :)

  2. Yum! I never would have thought of adding cottage cheese to guacamole – but it makes sense! Definitely going to try it out! :-)

  3. Yum! I’ve made something similar with avocado + goat cheese, but this is a fantastic way to use up those containers of cottage cheese that I inevitably end up wasting because I get tired of just eating the cottage cheese with fruit + cereal. I can definitely see how this would have the “peanut butter effect.” :-)

  4. Oh I love this! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. Creamy guac?! Now how is that something I’ve never thought of or had?! Looks awesome!

  6. That is so hard .You can’t make cilantro creamy. How did you make the cilantro creamy? Tell me how.

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  9. First I have to mention that I found you through Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog. I clicked over to yours simply because the title absolutely cracked me up!!

    Now onto the dip…this. is. AMAZING. I made it tonight and I’ve already gone through half of it. I never thought it would be this good!! I am going to put it on a sandwich as a spread for lunch tomorrow. I’m in love!! Thanks so much for posting this!!

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  14. This is so good, thank you for sharing. Although I kind of did my own thing based on what I had in the fridge – most of a bunch of cilantro, one cup of cottage cheese, squeeze of lemon, garlic in lieu of the onion and one very old, brown avocado – assembled per the instructions and it worked perfectly. I scooped it with carrot sticks and my husband liked it on potato chips :) I love this trick for making cottage cheese the creamy secret ingredient and I’m already thinking of ways to use it as a substitute next time my dip recipe calls for me to dig into the mayo…

  15. Excellent!!! We loved it, even my picky husband who does not eat dips. I can think of so many recipes I could use this for as a topping! Thanks!!!

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  22. This is a great idea for a dip. I would advise to add salt to taste as cottage cheese can be really salty. I used the full amount of salt and found it too much. Love the freshness of the lime, and might want to add a little something for spice. Also texture is grainy but doesn’t bother me too much.

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