These fried avocados, also called avocado dippers or avocado fries, are a decadent healthy-turned-naughty appetizer you’ll love. Wedges of creamy avocado are dipped in a spicy beer batter, fried until golden, and served with garlicky chipotle dipping sauce.
Adapted from Ben Fordham and Felipe Fuentes Cruz | Everyone Loves Tacos | Ryland Peters & Small, 2022
Fried avocado and avocado fries are not what immediately springs to mind when thinking about Mexican cooking. However, this is one of those healthy/naughty treats! Take something super-healthy and then deep-fry it in a beer batter . . . what’s not to love? The combination of the crispy batter and the soft avocado center is amazing, even before you dunk it into the creamy chipotle dipping sauce.–Ben Fordham and Felipe Fuentes Cruz
Fried Avocado Dippers FAQs
It’s easy to make your own self-rising flour. For the 1 1/3 cups called for in this recipe, combine 1 1/3 cups (165 g) all-purpose flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons baking powder.
Definitely. Our testers found that they reheated the best when placed on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and heated in a 350°F (175°C) oven until crisp, about 10 minutes.
Fried Avocado Dippers
The combination of crispy beer batter and soft avocado in these fried avocado slices is amazing, and the garlicky chipotle dipping sauce takes it over the top.
For the chipotle dipping sauce
Make the beer batter
In a medium bowl, combine the self-rising flour, salt, cumin, oregano, paprika, pepper, baking powder, and avocado leaf powder, if using, and mix well.
Gently stir in the beer until the batter is smooth.
Make the chipotle dipping sauce
In a blender, combine the mayonnaise, chipotle paste or purée, and garlic and blend until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds. Taste and, if desired, add more chipotle. Scrape mayonnaise into a small serving bowl.
Make the avocado dippers
Cut each avocado in half, then peel and remove the pits. Slice each half lengthwise into 1/2-inch (1.25-cm) pieces.
We don’t recommend slicing your avocados thinner than 1/2-inch as they become difficult to coat and fry.
In a high-sided medium saucepan, pour enough oil to reach halfway up the side. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, 350 to 375°F (177 to 191°C).
Working with one avocado at a time, dip the slices in the batter until thoroughly coated, then use a slotted spoon to carefully lower each slice into the oil.
If you’re having difficulty getting your batter to stick to your avocados, try lightly coating each avocado slice with flour before dipping in the batter.
Fry each batch until the batter is light gold in color and crisp, about 1 minute. Remove the slices with a slotted spoon and place on a wire baking rack or plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining avocado slices.
Arrange the avocado dippers on a large serving platter and serve with the chipotle mayonnaise on the side.
Serving: 1portionCalories: 721kcal (36%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 8g (16%)Fat: 60g (92%)Saturated Fat: 9g (56%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 22gMonounsaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mg (4%)Sodium: 614mg (27%)Potassium: 1108mg (32%)Fiber: 14g (58%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 362IU (7%)Vitamin C: 22mg (27%)Calcium: 72mg (7%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
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Originally published May 5, 2022
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