Want a shortcut to making the BEST homemade guacamole? It’s a can of Rotel! Rotel Guacamole is flavor packed and whips up in a flash!
You know that feeling you get when you are watching your favorite team play, with a group of friends and family, and you’ve got a table loaded with appetizers? That nothing-in-the-world can go wrong kind of feeling?
Now imagine that with Rotel Guacamole at the center of your game day spread. It just keeps getting better!
Rotel has been around since the early 1940s and has the classic flavors associated with Tex-Mex cuisine: tomatoes, green chiles, and cilantro. Of course, this makes it perfect for adding to homemade guacamole!
This guacamole dip recipe was originally called “Ro-Tel Rockin’ Guacamole”, published by Rotel (to sell more Rotel, of course!). A can of Rotel is a great shortcut to use so you don’t have to be in the kitchen chopping tomatoes, chilis, and cilantro for your guac.
I used original Rotel here, but you can also buy the hot variety if you like it spicy!
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What is Rotel made of?
Rotel’s pimary ingredient list includes tomatoes and chopped green chili peppers.
It also contains less than 2% of salt, calcium chloride, natural flavor, citric acid, and cilantro.
Why add Rotel to guacamole?
Avocados have a really light, buttery flavor that is the perfect backdrop for pairing with more complex flavors and spices. When you add Rotel to mashed avocados, they go from bland to flavor-packed!
The chunks of tomatoes and mild green chili peppers from the Rotel combine with Worcestershire sauce and citrus juice to create the WOW factor in the flavors. The lemon juice and Worcestershire also protect the guacamole from getting discolored.
Tips for making the best Rotel Guacamole
- Use ripe avocados. You can tell an avocado is ripe when it yields slightly to firm yet gentle pressure. It should not be mushy or brown inside.
- Drain the Rotel well so your guacamole doesn’t get watery.
- Add some citrus juice for flavor and to prevent browning. You can use either lemon or lime juice.
- Let it sit for several hours in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend. If you cover it tightly and keep it refrigerated, it will retain its color. This is a great recipe to make in advance.
- Make sure to use ripe avocados. If your avocados feel firm on the outside, the flesh will be difficult to remove from the peel and seed. They will also be very difficult to mash with a fork. Underripe avocados are bland and don’t taste good in dip.
- Use a 10 ounce can of Rotel. Choose mild, original, or hot depending on your taste preferences.
- Finely chopped onions give the dip some texture and great flavor. If yellow onions are too intense, you could also use a sweet onion.
- To keep the guacamole looking bright green and appetizing, use lemon juice. It will also provide a little zip to the overall flavor of the guacamole.
- Worcestershire sauce not only provides flavor to the dip but it also helps prevent discoloration. The sauce contains vinegar which is a natural color protector.
- And, don’t forget the salt! A little goes a long way but it will really help highlight the perfect combination of flavors in Rotel Guacamole.
How to make guacamole with Rotel
Remove the avocado flesh from the peel, and place in a large bowl. Mash with a fork.
Add the drained Ro-Tel, chopped onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt. Mix gently just until combined.
Serve right away, or cover tightly and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Serve with tortilla chips
Can I make guacamole ahead of time?
Rotel Guacamole is designed to be made ahead of time, and it tastes even better when it is! Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator for several hours for the best taste.
It’ll retain its color thanks to the lime juice and vinegar contained in the Worcestershire sauce.
How to store Rotel Guacamole Dip
Serve your guacamole within 24 hours for best results. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the fridge.
It’ll likely still be ok to eat on day two or three, but after that it’ll start to get brown and not taste as good.
What can I do with leftover guacamole?
- Spread it on toast and top with a fried egg
- Add it to an omelet
- Jazz up beef burgers or turkey burgers with a layer of guacamole
- Use it in place of or addition to mayo in turkey sandwiches or wraps
- Dip in fresh veggies like carrots, celery, or bell peppers
- Drop a dollop of guacamole into your favorite Tex-Mex soup or salad
- Use it to dress up quesadillas, burritos, or tacos
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- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chiles, (10 oz), drained
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Remove the avocado flesh from the peel, and place in a large bowl. Mash with a fork.
- Add the drained Ro-Tel, chopped onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt. Mix gently just until combined.
- Serve right away, or cover tightly and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
- Serve with tortilla chips.