1. The basics

    Before we get too carried away, let's master a classic homemade guacamole. The key is lots of zingy lime juice and perfectly ripe avocados that are easy to mash but still a vibrant green colour. An easy way to check is to remove the stalk at the top, if it comes aways easily and the flesh beneath is green, then the avocado is ripe. Follow this classic guacamole recipe to start with then ring the changes to suit your own preference – keep it chunky or mash until smooth, add finely chopped red chilli for heat or finely chopped red onion for texture.

  2. Quesadillas

    Staying true to its Mexican roots, try cooking guacamole within a cheesy quesadilla rather than just serving alongside. It adds a rich, creamy layer to the spicy veg in this veggie quesadilla recipe, but you could easily add shredded chicken or spicy chorizo sausage to the filling instead.

  3. Breakfast or brunch

    Don't limit guacamole to lunch or dinner, it's the perfect addition to a hearty breakfast or brunch. Slather it in this clever egg-in-a-hole bagel for a brunch dish that'll really impress, or leave things a bit more deconstructed with these huevos rancheros wraps.

  4. Sandwiches

    It's easy to add some sliced avocado to a sandwich for a creamy filling, but swapping the slices for a quick guacamole means you get added zingy, zesty, spicy flavour, too. This also helps it keep better if making the sarnies in advance for a packed lunch or picnic, as the lime juice stops the avocado from going brown. Try it instead of the avocado slices in this green goddess sandwich or these jam-packed smoked salmon wraps.

  5. Baked potatoes

    Ditch the butter, cheese, or tuna mayo and try topping your jacket potato with a dollop of fresh guacamole. The creaminess of the avocado is the perfect replacement for butter or cheese (and it has more flavour, too) making it a great topping for vegan and dairy-free diets. For a more substantial dinner, try finishing off these loaded sweet potato skins with a spoonful of guacamole to balance the spicy beans and gooey cheese.

  6. Do more with dip

    Dipping crisps into guacamole is nothing new, but try adding a spin with different flavour combinations and homemade veg crisps. This watercress and pea guacamole is packed with extra veg and topped with seeds for extra crunch, and served with colourful baked root veg crisps. A perfect sharing dish that's all homemade.

  7. Canapés

    Give guacamole a party makeover with clever canapés that are easy to assemble yet packed with flavour. These coconut chicken bites have crispy tortilla bases topped with guacamole and tender chicken, and are ready in just 15 minutes. Alternatively, use to top mini crostini, savoury scones or homemade blinis for easy finger food that guests can nibble on without the mess of a big bowl of dip.