Avocado Whipped Potatoes w/ Caramelized Onions

Mashed potatoes will never get old to me. As one of the three “vegetables” that I would eat as a kid, I ate them practically every day. At family dinners I would always mash my potatoes, peas and steak together; my mom called it my homemade shepherd’s pie, even though I would never have eaten a shepherd’s pie back then. I also remember the first time I had a double stuffed potato… in LOVE! My brother gave me a potato masher for my birthday, something I have wanted for ages!, so I have been back on my mashed potato game. These days I am interested in finding more unique combinations for my mashed potatoes.

A few weeks ago, I realized I didn’t have any milk while making mashed potatoes. I needed something other than butter to make my potatoes rich and creamy, so I just grabbed the sour cream hoping it would work. It was one of the best discoveries I have had in a while. The sour cream gives a tiny kick to the potatoes before even adding anything else. To go along with the sour cream discovery, I decided to add avocado to make them kind of a Mexican mashed potato. Topped them off with caramelized onions and viola! So delicious, just be sure to make enough potatoes so that they don’t get too runny after adding the other ingredients.

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Avocado Whipped Potatoes w/ Caramelized Onions
Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes (quartered if large)
  • 1 small yellow onion (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1-2 avocados
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the potatoes and let cook until soft (about 30 minutes).
  2. While potatoes are boiling, heat 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onions, sautéing until the begin to soften (about 5 minutes). NOTE: Do not let them brown!
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let the onions caramelize, stirring occasionally (about 15 minutes).
  4. When the potatoes are soft, add the remaining 1 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp sour cream, garlic, Sriracha, salt and pepper and whip with a whisk or hand mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes).
  5. Add the avocado slices a few at a time, continuing to whip, until you have your desired color and flavor.
  6. Top with caramelized onions to serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe (w/ 2 avocados) Calories: 477 Fat: 28g Saturated fat: 9.4g Unsaturated fat: 18g Carbohydrates: 54g Fiber: 10g Protein: 7g

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36 Responses to Avocado Whipped Potatoes w/ Caramelized Onions

  1. Maureen says:

    what a clever idea this is! I made some caramelized onions in the oven last night for the first time and I’ll never make them any other way again. :)

  2. Erin says:

    I have a feeling that once I try this, I may never want to go back to traditional mashed potatoes!

  3. Tanya says:

    What a great idea! My hubby and I can’t get enough potatoes of any kind, and he loves avocados–what a great pairing! I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. WOW I love mashed potatoes – but this is insane. I was just looking for a new potato recipe..will have to try this!

  5. Kelly says:

    What a great presentation, this looks so delicious! :)

  6. Susan says:

    I am quite honestly speechless! Amazing!

  7. I don’t like potatoes unless they are deep fried, or roasted until super crispy. Strange, I know! But this i might be able to eat. I LOVE avocados, so this actually sounds like something worth trying!

  8. Oh em Gee… I love this idea and will make them just to make them! Yum!

  9. Oh wow! What a brilliant idea! I bet those potatoes taste so rich! : )

  10. Would NEVER have thought to make this, but looks really yummy and I’m bookmarking it for my next quasi-Mexican meal.

  11. This looks amazing! Love the flavors- oooh and top with a little salsa and cheese… Heavenly!

  12. Jess says:

    You know, I was never a huge fan of mashed potatoes, but these look fantastic! One of my biggest things was that I found them to be a little starchy and dry, but this recipe looks like a far cry from what I’m used to!

  13. Ann says:

    Oh, Wow! Those are absolutely amazing!

  14. Michelle O says:

    SO CREATIVE. I love avocado too. This looks awesome. buzzed.

  15. This could be your ticket to potatoes, they are smooth and buttery.

  16. Woohoo! For once I thought of something that you want to make instead of the other way around, look how far I’ve come! haha

  17. Claudie says:

    Brilliant idea! You’ve taken something so common and made it so completely different! I love it :)

  18. LogoVida says:

    I could live on potatoes. This is a winner. I never would have thought to combine avacados…along with everything else you put into this. So cool to serve it in the avacado shell. YUM. My husband would love this, too. Thank you!

  19. That is really beautiful side dish..wonderful recipe, and very creative! Congrats on top 9!!!

  20. Jill Sandidge says:

    This sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try it. But wanted to mention another “out of milk” sub. Ranch dressing. Even better Ranch dressing with Peppercorns. You can through in shredded cheese and/or fresh chives.
    Twice baked potatoes are wonderful!!

  21. Shannon says:

    Never thought of this combo together but I bet it is delicious!

  22. alyce says:

    Congrats on your top 9!

  23. German Mama says:

    This sounds sooo great. Two of my favorite ingredients combined. I absolutely have to try this one.

  24. Gorgeous!!! This looks absolutely amazing. What a great idea. And congrats :)

  25. This is a very clever innovation borne of necessity. The plating is terrific (partly because it’s so unexpected) and the garnish is a perfect touch. The hint of Sriracha is also a very nice touch.

  26. Stephanie says:

    i love potatoes…and i love avocados…this looks so amazing! can’t wait to try it! thanks for the awesome recipe!

  27. Ann says:

    I love this – Congratulations on making Top 9! Well deserved!

  28. Eliot says:

    i had the same eating habit as a kid. Loved to mix up mashed potatoes, corn, and fried chicken gravy. Talk about comfort food. But this is unbelievable. Excellent idea and outstanding recipe.

  29. Ann says:

    Going to a potluck on Sunday & thinking about making this. Any ideas on how long this will “last” after cooking? The avocados have me a little worried….

  30. I would make the potatoes and onions but keep them separate and wait to add the avocado until you are there. It is easy to mash the avocado into the potatoes when you get there. Just bring whole avocados to cut fresh at the party. Hope your guests love them =)

  31. YUM! I never thought of ranch, that is now on my list of things to make!!

  32. kita says:

    Must try this!!! Avocado whipped potatoes sounds like heaven!

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  34. Hanna says:

    OMG! taste wonderful!!!!!!
    My family L O V E D it!!!!!!!

  35. Yay! I love hearing feedback after people make recipes from my site, thanks! =)

  36. Jennifer Dale says:

    I’m gonna try this exact presentation! Looks amazing.