Recipe: Guac for National Guacamole Day!

I absolutely love a good, fresh guacamole. When you think about it, guacamole is so simple – and is actually quite healthy if you make it fresh. In honor of National Guacamole Day, November 14, 2013, I wanted to share my go-to guacamole recipe, which is one of my favorite dips or toppings for many different occasions. This recipe is a cross between a recipe and a recipe my sister-in-law shared with me.


Yields 4 servings. Serve with tortilla chips or with any Mexican-style meal.


  • 3 ripe avocados – peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of black pepper


  • Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.
  • Mash the avocado so that it’s still a little chunky.
  • Add in the chopped onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper; stir together.
  • If desired, add in half of one chili pepper to start (you can add in more if you’d like it hotter).
  • Cover and refrigerate, ideally overnight, but at least 1 hour will do.
  • Chop the tomatoes and add to the guacamole when ready to serve (chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor).
  • Enjoy with tortilla chips or your meal of choice!

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