Instead of Avocado Toast, Try This

We’ll always love #avocadotoast. But this takes your avo game to the next level.

Smashed, sliced, toasted, diced. Anyone in their right mind is obsessed with avocados. Sure, it’s great as a garnish, but what about as a vessel to deliver even more goodies to my mouth? That seems like a no-brainer.

By removing the pit, your avocado becomes more than an ingredient — it becomes an entire meal. Just whip up your favorite sandwich filling, dip, or mini meal and stuff it into the perfect pit-shaped bowl. Next, grab a spoon and eat your crazy-quick, unbelievably delicious meal.

6 Ways To Stuff Them:

1. Chicken Salad

Filling your avocado with a classic chicken salad is a great way to make an easy dinner everyone will love. Serve with some toast to make it a well-rounded meal. If you want to spice things up, try making curried chicken salad or Asian chicken salad instead.

2. Salsa Stuffed

While I opted for classic pico de gallo all kinds of salsa are perfect for spooning into your avocados (and miles easier than making a chips, salsa, and guac spread). Have extra strawberries on hand? Strawberry salsa stuffed avocados are a great way to start of all your summer parties.

3. Cheese Stuffed

These avocados are packed with a mix of chèvre, olive oil, and za’atar. They were lightly broiled to get the cheese all melty and the avocado all toasty — which should take about 3 to 5 minutes depending on your oven. Be sure to sprinkle with a little flake salt (like Maldon) then grab a spoon and enjoy while warm. If you don’t have goat cheese, try ricotta and red pepper flakes or mozzarella and basil.

4. Tuna Melts

Revolutionize your tuna melts by stuffing the pit-crater with your favorite tuna salad and topping with a slice of of cheddar. Turn your broiler onto high and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly 3-5 minutes. Serve with bread if your a traditionalist or chips for a nice added crunch. You can also leave a few cheese-free if that is more your pace, but either way, these are are irresistible.

5. Egg Salad

This not-quite-a-recipe recipe is great if you don’t want to deal with soggy sandwich bread or if you can’t be bothered to slice up your avocado for garnish. Stuff an avocado with your go-to egg salad (I know, there are so many great kinds). It’s a fun way to have a healthy lunch with hardly any work.

6. Fiesta Avocados

These avocados might require a little more work than the rest, but trust me, they’re worth it. Fill your avocado with a layer of beans, add a little shredded chicken and top with a some sliced peppers. Then cover everything in shredded cheese. Broil the avocados for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the fillings have heated up. Serve with some hot sauce, chips, limes, and maybe a little sour cream. I promise you’ll be swooning in no time.

But don’t be limited to just these ideas — avocado stuffing is limited only by your imagination. Try stuffing them with a rice salad, pilaf, beans and cheese, or scrambled eggs for a fun twist on brunch. You can even fill your avocado with guacamole if you want to really double down on your love of avocados.