Sure, some people don’t like to spring for the extra charge that sometimes comes with extra guac on their burrito or tacos. But of Mexican food and taco sides, guacamole is king — and not just because Millennials love avocado toast. Avocados and guacamole are the perfect pairing to Mexican ingredients and beyond for several good reasons. Let us convince you.

Super-Complementary Texture and Flavor

Avocado has a great, unique texture. It holds its shape if you need it to, but it also easily transitions to a smooth, buttery, creamy spread. Its subtle nutty flavor when ripe also complements all manner of foods, highlighting the zest of lime juice or cooling the spice of hot peppers.

Mmm-mm, Healthy Fats

Avocados are slightly high in calories, but they make up for it by being extremely nutrient-dense and naturally free of sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. They’re also one of the only fruits that contain monounsaturated fat, a good heart-healthy fat. There is also some evidence that the fat in avocados can help the bodily absorption of vitamins A, D, K and E. Dare we say it’s a super food?

Good For Restricted Diets

Avocados are low in carbohydrates and sugar, making them friendly for those on low-carb and sugar-restricted diets like Atkins and Keto. They’re also vegan, gluten-free, and have a very low rate of allergic reactions. (Typically those allergic to avocados actually have a latex allergy.)

Topping or Side?

Avocados and guacamole are ridiculously versatile. Grab a corn chip and dip it in. Plop some on fresh, hot nachos. Use them as a spread or topping for tacos. No matter what your event menu ideas are, avocados can be worked in. Guacamole also has many recipe variants to suit all tastes. Some mix the avocado with sour cream, for example, for a creamier base. Some keep it mild, while others sprinkle in chili or hot cause.

Salsa has becomes the number one American condiment in overall sales, even surpassing ketchup and mayonnaise. Avocados and guacamole (technically a kind of salsa) are poised to join the ranks of this prized sauce, and maybe even surpass it. Their influence is surpassing traditional Mexican dishes and influencing all kinds of event catering! Invest in that extra guac proudly. Your tacos and your taste buds will thank you for this most delicious of taco sides.