Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

by Shawnda on May 2, 2012

in Appetizers,Cinco de Mayo,Mexican & TexMex,On the grill,Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

Guacamole is one of those foods that doesn’t really need anything fancy to make it more exciting. You can smash some lime and salt with a perfectly ripe avocado half and call it a day. But I like the crunch of red onion and jalapeno. And there’s no such thing as too much cilantro!

But that doesn’t mean we can’t throw in something fancy :)

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

This idea for this guacamole was born on burger night. The avocado and pineapple paired really well together on a burger, so we took it one step further. We started with our usual guacamole, but left out the tomatoes. Then we added a couple of diced pineapple rings that we’d nicely browned on the grill.

Each bite had creamy avocado, tangy lime juice, and crunch from the peppers and onions. But the best part – a burst of super sweet, smokey pineapple. We ate it with chips. We put it on top of shredded pork tacos.

And then we rearranged our dinner menu for the week just so we could make it again the very next night.

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

Creamy guacamole studded with sweet, smokey pineapple chunks


  • 2 large avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • Small handful of cilantro
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 2 pineapple rings ~1/2-inch thick, core removed
  • Olive oil or cooking spray


  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Spray or brush both sides of the pineapple rings with olive oil or cooking spray.
  3. Grill 4 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.
  4. Remove from the grill and set aside to cool to room temp.
  5. Cut the pineapple into small cubes.
  6. Remove the pit and scoop the avocado from its shell.
  7. Add lime and salt, and then lightly smash with a fork.
  8. Stir in onion, cilantro, peppers, and pineapple cubes.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips or as a taco topping.


Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda - Lost in Switzerland May 2, 2012 at 2:15 am

Thanks so much for this brilliant idea ;))


2 Liz @ Blog is the New Black May 2, 2012 at 3:33 am

I think I want to propose marriage to you….


3 Katrina May 2, 2012 at 5:26 am

Yum! What a great take on the classic!


4 Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

What an amazing twist!


5 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious! Love that you added pineapple and played around with the flavors. You just took guacamole from good to amazing! Great recipe.


6 Joanne May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I am such a pineapple FANATIC but can barely have it any more because it gives me the worst stomach pains ever. I think I overate it in college. Or something. This looks SO GOOD though! Worth the bellyache.


7 Erin May 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

Grilled pineapple in guacamole? I already have a weakness for guacamole but now this? Ahhhh


8 Nikki May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that!?” moments. Grilled pineapples is one of my favorite summer indulgences, and guac is a favorite year round. I think this is a winner for me!


9 Debra Kapellakis May 4, 2012 at 6:43 am

hhhmmm… I think I will try this.


10 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake May 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

This is genius! I wish I had time to go make it right now! You are making my mouth water!! Definitely trying this soon!:)


11 Ann P. May 5, 2012 at 1:15 am

holy moly what an awesome new twist on guac! I think grilled pineapple is the MOST AMAZING thing, ever, since my friend introduced me to its caramelized goodness last year. Now I always bring pineapples to barbecues so my friends and i can enjoy them together! I think we’re definitely going to have to try adding them to guac now… this just looks TOO good to resist :)


12 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Made this yesterday and it was mind blowing! The sweet-salty combination was perfect. Thanks for the recipe, Shawnda. It’s a keeper!


13 Kristin June 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

This was AWESOME! Great recipe!


14 Cindy November 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

What a great idea! I am the only Guacamole eater in my house which means more for me! I am sure the friends that like it will love this recipe! What’s not to like? Unfortunately the only problem my friends will have is the onions. That’s ok, I will make it for myself! It is so easy, why not?

The last few times I have made guacamole I have added paprika. It is great too! I am always trying to find a way to add anti-oxidents to my food! Paprika is a way to do that with a lot of foods we normally do not use paprika on.


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