It's a universal favorite. The flavorful, green dip usually makes an appearance at summer cookouts, football tailgate parties, and of course, taco Tuesday night. You guessed it: guacamole. While almost everyone agrees that the irresistible appetizer is a surefire crowd-pleaser, some folks disagree on what ingredients to put in guacamole.

Common, play-it-safe choices are onion, jalapeños, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Some people even mix in cottage cheese, mayonnaise, peas, and cheese. We suggest that you educate those folks on what ingredients do (and do not) make spectacular guacamole.

For starters, there's one fundamental part of the glorious green dip you should never leave out. Lime juice. There are several benefits for adding a dash of lime juice to your dish, and it doesn't take much - one tablespoon should do the trick. The tangy fruit adds a delicious flavor to the dip that makes it more satisfying and authentic, but it goes beyond taste.

One of the worst things that can happen to our beloved dip can all to easily be avoided. No one wants to eat brown guacamole, but we've all been there. Avocados have a tendency to turn brown when they react with oxygen. Not ideal. Who wants their guacamole to resemble bean dip? Nip this problem in the bud by adding a sprinkle of lime juice to the dish. The acidic nature of the fruit combats the avocado's habit of browning. Delicious and green.

Once you've mastered the perfect guacamole, give some of our favorite Mexican-inspired dishes a try. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, or enchiladas– these recipes are sure to please the entire family. Of course, don't forget to put a heaping helping of guacamole on the side!