Guacamole is quite possibly my favorite sauce. No, not dip. Sauce. You see, I only eat dips in certain situations. Weekends. Parties. Football tailgates. Situations that involve 1) me being social and 2) me sharing a bowl with everyone. Don’t get me wrong – I love an excuse to get together with friends. But I don't love the limitations it puts on my guacamole intake. And that's just sad. At just 25 calories per tablespoon, we should all be consuming more of this creamy, subtly-nutty, heart-healthy fat-filled fruit.

It's not the guacamole we should be worried about. It's all those calorie-dense chips we have to consume just to get our guac fix.

I think I have another solution.

The other day I stumbled upon this little tidbit:  the Aztec name for guacamole was ahuacamolli, a name that derives from the Nahuatl words ahuacatl (avocado) and mulli (sauce), and literally translates to “avocado sauce.”

So there you have it. Once I embraced this delectable sauce as a sauce rather than a dip, well, let’s just say life got a lot tastier. Basically any recipe that calls for avocado can have guacamole instead. And why not? Guac is just a creamier, more-seasoned version of the fruit anyway, right? Here, a dozen ways with guacamole, and not a single chip necessary:

1. On a burger. Because sometimes the classic-condiment-trinity of ketchup, mustard, and mayo need a break.

2. Stirred into chopped hard-boiled eggs for a zesty, better-than-the-classic quick-and-easy egg salad.

3. Piled on top of a baked sweet potato. Sub 2 tablespoons guacamole for a tablespoon of sour cream and 2 tablespoons shredded cheese and save 4g sat fat.

4. As the devil to your eggs. Skip the mayo and use guacamole in the filling of your favorite recipe to save 25 calories and 3g fat per egg!

5. Dolloped over your Cobb, Caesar, or Southwestern-style salad. Even better? Turn it into the dressing and drizzle it on top.

6. As the sauce to your shrimp cocktail.  Cocktail sauce has 150mg sodium per tablespoon.  Guacamole has less than 50. Go green.

7. On a game day dog. A tablespoon of guacamole saves 250mg sodium over the standard pickle relish, mustard, and ketchup topper. See our roundup of healthier hot dogs.

8. With sushi. Everyone loves a little avo with sushi, right? Skip the soy sauce (you’ll save 500mg sodium per tablespoon), and dunk in guacamole instead. If you love your soy sauce as much as I do, just stir 1/2 teaspoon of the lower sodium variety into the guacamole for a salty-but-still-lighter-than-just-soy-sauce-kick.

9. With salmon. Because two tasty heart-healthy fats are better than one.

10. Scmeared on a sizzling steak sandwich.

11. As icing to your savory cake. Crab cakes, quinoa patties, corn fritters, sweet potato cakes… Serve with guacamole. Trust me on this.

12. Dolloped on a creamy soup. Load that potato soup with guacamole instead of cheese and sour cream to slash calories. Also tasty on black bean soup, lentil stew, tortilla soup, even chili!

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