Focus Carlsbad Fall 2021 | Recipe: Avocado Cottage Cheese Dip


This refreshing dip is packed with protein and healthy fats! It is great for pregaming (Hello, football season!) It is even great on top of carne asada!! (Which happens to be our favorite way to serve it).

With school in session, this is an easy snack to have while hearing about everyone’s day. My son and I usually sit at the table and review teachers’ notes and share events from our day. With dinner right around the corner, this recipe is perfect to help satisfy our hunger until dinner. It is also the perfect starter recipe for involving the kiddos in learning to cook or making a simple appetizer. My son loves to help in the kitchen. Since he is still too young to use a knife, he is in charge of tending to the garden, which includes harvesting the ripened crops. He is responsible for picking the jalapeños, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro for our recipe. He washes all the veggies and places them on the cutting board. He watches how I chop up the ingredients. When I place the halved avocados to the side, he scoops out the fruit and places it into the bowl where he immediately begins mashing it up. He follows that up by mixing in the rest of the ingredients. Mixing and mashing seems to be his favorite jobs, along with being the taste tester. As a child I loved helping in the kitchen, and now I get to share this with my son. Seeing his face light up with eagerness when everyone tastes his delicious endeavor is icing on the cake. I hope you all try this delicious dip. Enjoy!

Avocado Cottage Cheese Dip



  • 4-5 avocados
  • 1 (24-ounce) tub of cottage cheese
  • 4-5 jalapeños
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • Cilantro to taste
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder to liking


  1. Carve out your avocados in a bowl and mash. Add in your cottage cheese.
  2. Then dice up your jalapeños, tomato, onion, and cilantro. Add all ingredients into the bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Squeeze in the juice from one lime. Add pepper, salt, and garlic powder to your liking, and give it one good mix again. The lime will not only give it a great flavor, but it will also keep the avocado from browning.

This dip is a great alternative to store-bought dips because it is high in both protein and healthy fat. It’s great to pack in your weekly meal preps and is a great healthy snack to have on hand.


Homemade Tortilla Chips


If you have time, you can take it a step further and make your own chips! You can choose to season your own chips with your favorite spices.


  • 3 – 6 yellow corn tortillas
  • Avocado oil spray
  • Garlic powder
  • Chipotle powder
  • Sea salt


  1. First, cut 3-6 tortillas into the traditional triangle shapes.
  2. Next, spray with avocado oil and sprinkle with spices.
  3. Then pop them into the air fryer at 350 degrees. Let them bake for 4 to 6 minutes. (The longer they bake the crispier they will be. Bake till the desired crisp is reached, but not too long.)
  4. You can make a larger batch of chips in the oven. Set the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees, lay your chips out on a baking sheet, and bake for 6 to 10 minutes.

Chips and dip are a guilty pleasure in our home. We always have the ingredients to make some sort of dip or salsa. Our garden has provided us with bountiful crops throughout the years. Corn tortillas are always available, tacos are a must, and as I shared earlier, this dip pairs well with carne asada.

Recipe provided by Tess Ortega and originally published in Focus on Carlsbad 2021 Fall edition.
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