Avocado Fritters with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce

Avocado Fritters with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce

IMG_9130For those of you who aren’t aware, I write two different blogs. This one and another called Melanie In The Middle where I write about all kinds of things that have to do with my everyday life. Usually I don’t post recipes over there, but this week I participated in a super fun Cinco de Mayo project with the folks from Avocados from Mexico. I posted an amazing recipe and an even more exciting giveaway that you should definitely check out.

But the recipe is so very tasty and perfect for Cinco de Mayo that I wanted to post it over here to make sure that it went into my recipe archive. Because trust me, I want to make this one again and again.

avocado fritter batterWhen the folks from Avocados from Mexico asked if I would develop an avocado recipe for them, I was more than happy to do so. I’m a huge fan of avocados. I eat them several times a week in all different ways. In salads, sandwiches, straight out of the skin and of course in guacamole. My heart goes pitter pat for guacamole.

But this time I wanted to try something totally different. So, I came up with a fritter/hush puppy that is so crammed with flavor that it’s borderline crazy. Crazy good, anyway. Avocado Fritters with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce.

avocado fritter batter bowl

fried avocado frittersRoasted corn, red bell peppers and jalapeno peppers, diced bits of cheddar cheese, sweet onion, cilantro and of course, avocados. All fried up into a crispy golden ball. It’s a bite-sized party. Maybe I should’ve named them Fiesta Balls? That just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?

Avocado Fritters

Avocado Fritters

IMG_9336And to make this even better (if that’s even possible), I whipped up an Avocado-Cliantro Cream Dipping Sauce. Cool and creamy, velvety smooth. Wonderful for the fritters but equally good as a salad dressing or a topping for tacos/enchiladas/quesadillas etc.


For people who are counting calories, yes these can be baked. I do think that they are much better fried, however. I don’t fry often, but when I do I like to use a covered fryer like this Presto fryer.  I have the older model, not this exact one, but the idea is the same. A lot less mess.

So, if you are planning on donning your biggest sombrero and shaking your maracas this Cinco de Mayo, I totally suggest making a batch of Avocado Fritters. Your guests will say gracias and maybe even give you un beso. (a kiss)

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Avocado Fritters with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 10
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A bite-sized fiesta in fritter form.
For the fritters
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1¾ cup cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1 cup roasted corn kernels (I just grilled mine)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup sweet onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced (more or less to taste)
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro, chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 2 avocados, diced
For the dipping sauce
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pour 2" of vegetable oil into a deep fryer or a heavy skillet and heat to 350º.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Add eggs, milk, cheese, corn, onion, peppers and cilantro. Stir to incorporate. Gently fold in avocados.
  3. Scoop batter into heaping teaspoons and gently drop into oil. They are done cooking when golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in a 200º oven.
  4. Prepare dipping sauce by mixing all ingredients in a bowl. If you want a smooth consistency, give it a whirl for two minutes in a blender or food processor.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I love fresh, table side prepared gaucamole Melanie! But I have to admit your ‘Fiesta Balls’ are marvelous!! The colors of all the ingredients really come through and your presentation with the avocado cilantro cream dipping sauce and the margarita (of course!) is wonderful. Feliz Cinco De Mayo!!

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you! I just loved the colors in this recipe. So much fun to photograph and even more fun to eat. 🙂

  2. I have to try making these little dollops of deliciosness! I agree with Anonymous that the presentation is stunning. I love the bright colors, and the margarita in that festive glass is just the right finishing touch.

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you so much Lorna! Mexican cuisine is so colorful and so very easy to take pictures of. I really enjoyed this shoot. 🙂

  3. Since I have to be gluten free, is there a particular GF flour you would suggest as a substitute in this recipe? It looks so wonderful I don’t want to have to miss out due to the flour!

    • Melanie says:

      You know, that is a really good question. One that I don’t have an answer for. BUT I know someone who does. Go to glutenfreegirl.com. Shauna is an expert when it comes to gluten free flours. I’m sure she has an equivalent in her archives. Her site is an amazing resource for the gluten free lifestyle.

  4. This looks beyond delicious! I LOVE avocado. However, I’m not a huge cheddar fan… do you think that pepper jack or asadero would be an appropriate substitute?

  5. Instead of frying, how long would you bake these delicious little bites? temp?

    • Melanie says:

      You know what Debbie? I’m not sure how these would be baked as I believe they would spread out too much. BUT, I bet if you baked it in a baker, it would be the most killer cornbread!!

    • Nifty Nana says:

      I was thinking when I first saw the Avocado Fritters picture, how colorful & delicious looking; then I wondered if I could bake those in one of my Cake Pop molds pan. The molds generally have 12 small cups. If fritters can be successfully baked, it would be a great way to cut back the fat. You might try that if you have a Cake Pop tin available. They are often on sale at craft stores. I have many fritter recipes and am going to be trying some of them this way. Although, I did think Melanie’s suggestion of just baking it off as a cornbread was great… or maybe muffins?!?!

  6. Hi I would love to make some of these for my daughters 21st next month do you think i could make them let them cool and freeze them to heat in the oven on the night or would i have to make them the day of the party?

  7. Becky Garoutte says:

    If I need to do this Gluten Free, would I just use a cup for cup blend with GF Baking Powder added?

    • Melanie says:

      Becky, I’m sorry but I don’t know a thing about gluten free. But if I were to take a guess, I would think that your substitution makes sense.

  8. oh my heavens these look amazing. I’ve seen so many recipes for fried avocados lately but haven’t seen a recipe for fritters until now. I can’t wait to try these!

  9. Just made these last night and everyone loved them!! Can I freeze the leftover batter? I have scooped them out on freezer paper.

  10. Just saw this recipe on Tasty Kitchen and wow it looks amazing!

  11. This recipe has me drooling at 9:30 in the morning. I am addicted to your blog. Wonderful dishes and beautiful photos.

  12. Think I will try this as a small/medium/flat/fritter…not into balls…should work out just right…will have to be more careful about the “frying” of them…will let you know how they turn out…

  13. Just saw this through Pinterest! They look awesome! Pinned!

  14. Diane in NC says:

    We made these for our Super Bowl party and they are a huge hit. Delicious.

  15. Oh. My. Gahhhhhhh. These look heavenly!! And that Avocado-Cilantro Cream Dipping Sauce? Hold me.

  16. These are soooo good! I am making them today, this is the second time. I cut the recipe in half though as there are just three of us. Makes a ton of fritters. But if you are just looking, stop looking and make them, they are well worth the effort!

    • Thank you so much for the feedback Sandi! I appreciate the time it takes for you to stop what you are doing to share your experience!


  18. What would you suggest for baking?


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