Guacamole Without Avocado: It’s Edamole!

Game Day is around the corner. In that spirit, I’m thinking a lot about dips. Today I’m sharing a guacamole recipe that doesn’t use avocadoes. It uses edamame instead. Find out why below!

Guacamole Without Avocadoes

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The Hubs and I were at IHOP for breakfast with the kids. I was telling him that I couldn’t come up with a good idea for a Guacamole recipe. I said, “What on earth can I do? Guacamole pizza? Guacamole fries? Nothing sounds good!”

He laughed and said, “If you ask me, the best Guacamole would be one without avocados. I can’t stand those things!”

At first I didn’t take him seriously. I was like, “Yeah, yeah, funny. I knew you wouldn’t be any help with this one.” But then inspiration struck me.

“Or maybe you’re the best help in the world! Guacamole without avocados! But how to do it? White bean dip with green food coloring?? Ewwww.”

My ever-brilliant (and not-at-all-sarcastic husband) responded, “Wouldn’t it be easier, and less gross, to use a bean that’s already green? An edamame dip, perhaps?”

And that’s what I did. I came up with a dip recipe with edamame as the main component!

A Mexican Edamame Dip.

Frozen shelled edamame simmered in water and then puréed with Mexican flavorings like cilantro and lime juice.

Ingredients for a Guacamole Recipe with Edamame instead of avocadoes! This Mexican Edamame Dip is lower fat and more protein than guacamole and is perfect for avocado-haters.

The result is delicious and really cool. It looks a lot like Guacamole, has a smooth texture that’s similar to Guacamole but it tastes…well…it tastes like guacamole would taste if it didn’t have avocadoes in it.

Guacamole made with edamame instead of avocado

I know that’s hard to imagine. But I’ve gotten many people to try it now and all of them are like, “Wow! That’s good. Hmmm…it tastes like…like…just like…ummm…Guacamole without the avocados.”

A side bonus of this recipe with edamame, let me just say, is that it has way less fat than guacamole, and also packs a good protein punch, making it a great alternative to guacamole not only for avocado-haters but also for those of us who are trying to keep those fat grams low.

If you’re on the lookout for a dip to serve alongside the edamole, try out this Hamburger Dip. It’s like a queso with ground beef in it. It has some salsa mixed in so the flavors will go just right with the non-guac. And you know you’ve gotta sneak those fat grams back in somewhere, riiiiight?

Easy Hamburger Dip that uses Real Cheese

And now here’s the recipe for guacamole without avocadoes. Enjoy and have a great day!




  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


This easy Mexican dip is a great alternative to Guacamole for anyone watching their weight or for those who don’t like avocados.


  • 12 ounces of shelled frozen edamame beans
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (leaf coriander) leaves
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander seed
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add the beans. Bring the pot back up to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and cover the pot. Let it sit until the beans are soft, 7-9 minutes. Drain the beans.
  2. Put all of the remaining ingredients except for the vegetable oil into a blender. Add 1/4 cup of water. Blend until very smooth. Make sure that the blender is running on medium speed and slowly drizzle in the vegetable oil. Blend until it is well-combined.
This post was originally published in June, 2013. Revised January, 2016.

23 Responses to “Guacamole Without Avocado: It’s Edamole!”

  1. K — May 26, 2020 @ 8:14 pm (#)

    This was SO good! I do not like avocados so I’ve never had guacamole. I do love edamame, so I figured I’d give this a try. Delicious!

    • Christine Pittman — June 3, 2020 @ 12:41 pm (#)

      That’s fantastic, K! Happy that you have a good substitute now. :)

  2. Joshua O Heath — January 19, 2018 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    I’m totally making this recipe like tonight, but I’m somewhat concerned with how the taste describes the dish. If I knew what avocadoless guac would taste like then I wouldn’t want to know so bad. Any responses on how it tastes?

    • Christine Pittman — January 24, 2018 @ 10:43 am (#)

      Josh, Imagine if you got a can of refried beans and added the other ingredients in the list to it (cilantro, lime, onion, garlic, cumin, etc.). It’s sort of like that, but the edamame tastes a bit fresher and lighter than refried beans.

  3. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables — January 28, 2016 @ 10:17 am (#)

    This is GENIUS!!! I never have enough avocados to make a lot of guacamole so this sounds perfect! Plus I love the protein here!

  4. Rachel @ Simple Seasonal — January 28, 2016 @ 10:04 am (#)

    I love this! As much as I like avocado, and sometimes eat them anyway, I’m sadly allergic to them. One of the biggest things I feel I miss out on is eating guacamole with abandon. Thanks for sharing! 

  5. Debbie Caraballo — August 17, 2014 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    This is perfect for me, as I just cannot eat Avocado! I’m very intrigued to see how this would taste…thanks so much!

  6. Jen @JuanitasCocina — June 12, 2013 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    I have some edamame in my freezer that I’ve been meaning to use! I can’t think of a better way to use them up!

  7. katie — June 10, 2013 @ 11:58 am (#)

    THis sounds so good. I have a bag of frozen edamame in my freezer… maybe I’ll make this as a snack!

  8. Katerina — June 6, 2013 @ 6:08 am (#)

    This is a great idea and a great story Christine!

  9. phyllis — June 5, 2013 @ 9:40 pm (#)

    Sounds really good and I will try it. However, I never used to like avocados, but now I mash them in all my salad sandwiches instead of mayo, love gucamole, and even just eat them plain with pepper.

    • Christine Pittman — June 12, 2013 @ 10:14 am (#)

      Isn’t it funny how our tastes change? You will definitely like this recipe, Mom. Or any edamame dip with flavorings. It’s really good.

  10. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — June 5, 2013 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    I’m not a big fan of avocado, so this sounds much better than traditional guac to me! Delicious!

    • Christine Pittman — June 12, 2013 @ 10:15 am (#)

      Then this is perfect for you! My husband totally loves it and he too doesn’t like avocados.

  11. Amanda @ Amanda's Apron — June 5, 2013 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing this, Christine! Such a great idea!

  12. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — June 5, 2013 @ 10:22 am (#)

    He’s cute and smart! What a combo. Small one will eat this like there’s no tomorrow.

  13. Cortne @ Coco in Magnolia — June 5, 2013 @ 8:25 am (#)

    Genius! My hubs was like what? When I made tomatillo, guac salsa. He doesn’t care for avocados either. But he loves edamame. I will try this. Thanks Christine.


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