Avocado Tartar Sauce with Pickled Jalapeños

Avocado Tartar Sauce with Pickled Jalapeños is a tastier version of traditional tartar sauce, is more versatile, and much healthier! Almost every gourmet Mexican restaurant features a creamy avocado based sauce for their fish tacos. Our avocado tartar sauce is perfect on any fish dish, tacos, tostados, or fillet of fish! But, our avocado tartar sauce also pairs perfectly with pork or chicken dishes.

For a Mexican style twist, we substitute the traditional dill pickle flavoring found in tartar sauce with chopped pickled jalapeños. They provide that usual pickled flavoring with just a tiny amount of heat. We think you will love it – give it a try! You can always return to the more traditional flavor by using dill pickles, but we love our jalapeño version.


The base is mayonnaise (use an organic or top quality), but the star of this recipe is the avocado. We always choose Haas Avocados from Mexico. They are available all year round, are inexpensive, and when you get used to picking the perfect avocado, they are always delicious. So healthy! You want your avocado to feel firm but with a slight give when you squeeze it – if they are too firm they will ripen in a day on your kitchen counter.

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Dijon mustard does add to the flavor of the sauce so make sure you have some on hand. The combination of cumin, lime juice, and cilantro add that Mexican flavor. The cilantro will also enhance the green coloring. You can thin the avocado tartar sauce with water to obtain the right consistency – taste it after blended, you may want to use a bit more lime juice, instead. We have already talked about the pickled jalapeños. We even suggest topping your tartar sauce with a couple slices of jalapeño and a few scallions for presentation.

Preparation Tips

We use our Vitamix for blending the avocado tartar sauce. The speed of this top quality blender will produce a thick and creamy sauce. Our preparation tip would be to thin the recipe, as needed, so that the tartar sauce is slightly pourable. You want the consistency of traditional tartar sauce. You can use more water or lime juice to thin.

Make sure that you chop the jalapeños well – try adding them to the blender. You want the flavors to blend throughout the sauce and that is the best way. The tartar can be stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator for a few weeks – ours never lasts that long.

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Avocado Tartar Sauce with Pickled Jalapeños

We usually use our Avocado Tartar Sauce with Pickled Jalapeños as a topping for fish or shrimp tacos. But, it is equally as tasty on pork or chicken. The sauce is perfect as the base for our Fish Tostada – try it as a topping for any pan seared whitefish. Make a quick batch tonight! It is easy to make, delicious, and most definitely Tasty Low Carb!

Avocado Tartar Sauce with Pickled Jalapeños

4 from 17 votes
Recipe by Joanie and Chris Course: Sauces and DipsCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Perfect on fish tacos or tostadas and a great topping for chicken or pork! A creamy, and healthy, low-carb Mexican style tartar sauce.

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  • Combine the avocado, mayonnaise, mustard, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, water, cumin, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Add more water as needed to achieve a tartar sauce consistency. The sauce should be somewhat pourable.
  • Place into a bowl and mix with more jalapeño and scallions. Refrigerate and serve cold.


Chef’s Notes

  • If you prefer a more traditional tartar sauce or one with less heat you can substitute dill pickles for the pickled jalapeño.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 142.3kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 14.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 5.2mg
  • Sodium: 198mg
  • Potassium: 192.6mg
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Vitamin A: 165IU
  • Vitamin C: 9.9mg
  • Calcium: 10.2mg
  • Iron: 0.2mg

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