a little novice guacamole recipe.

I'm working hard to bump up from "braindead + totally clueless" to "novice" in the kitchen. Mexican is on the menu for tonight, naturally that includes guacamole...and I must admit a bit of prejudice: I hate guacamole. My husband loves the stuff. I do not. Blame it on the few times I've purchased it premade, only to find a pureed, mucky brownish mess. The taste was muddy and unfresh to me. 

But today I tried my hand at making my own guac. Turns out I like guacamole...when it's of the chunky + fresh variety!

Plenty experienced mamas out there know how to make this, I'm sure. But this post is for my fellow kitchen novices. :) Most of this recipe is experimentation! You cannot screw it up. If you love tomatoes, add some in. Don't like cilantro? Nix it. Even a bit of sour cream or hot sauce would be delicious.

Easy Peasy Guacamole

2 avocados
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 small mild pepper of your choice, sliced
lime juice
salt + black pepper

Slice avocados into bowl and mash with a fork until you feel carpal tunnel coming on. (It takes a few minutes!) Add onion + garlic + mild pepper to mashed avocados, mix thoroughly. Then season with cilantro + lime juice + salt + pepper until you get that fresh, bright summertime flavor.

Makes about 3/4 cup...enough for chips + dip for 2, or meal toppings for 4. Be sure to keep chilled in an airtight container. :)


  1. I have an unhealthy obsession with guacamole. In fact, avocados left in my fridge longer than two days automatically become guacamole ingredients! I'm also convinced that you can make anything look gorgeous with your photography!

  2. Oh yum, yum, yum! I'm totally going to make this. And I'm thinking about trying my hand at fresh-cut salsa too.

    Thanks for the recipe, Ms Better-in-the-Kitchen-Than-She-Realizes!

    I have good intentions of writing you a letter, B. Just as soon as I finish the madness that is the last week of school!


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  4. yum guac! glad you crossed over to our side!

  5. scott bennion is the world's greatest chef... and bonus! he lived in mexico for a few years, owns a construction company in san diego resulting in a dad who speaks, thinks, and dreams in spanish.

    ... i don't like guac, but my entire life i've heard people rant and rave about my old man's guac and beg for the recipe.

    avocados + salt.

    that's all.

    how about that?

  6. ... and you know about the trick where you leave the pit in the bowl to keep it from going brown, right?

  7. So you're telling me the guac we had at Distrito wasn't the greatest thing on earth? I still dream about it. So much that Lauren and I have a date with our dudes there in July. Feel free to join us ;)

    I've actually never made guac though so this looks like a good place to start. And you made it pretty, which is a pretty tough feat. Avocado always looks fug to me.

  8. And now I've got a wicked hankering for guacamole and chips!

  9. Guacamole is amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Thank you! I just bought avocados and had no idea what to do with them. Your photo is drool-worthy.

  11. your guacamole look delicious! i'm going to have to try out this recipe :)

    - lauren

  12. Guacamole is one of my very favorite snacks. I'm a closet triple dipper: salsa, guacamole & sour cream. Yummy! It's not always easy to find good quality avocados in Kuwait.

  13. Chunky & fresh is a must! And a side of fresh tortilla chips...

  14. Oh yum! I love guacamole, and I happen to have 2 ripe avocados... I'll make this as a weekend treat!

  15. oooh recipes ! I need to start taking photos of the many desserts i make, but the thing is i really am a rubbish photographer !! Might make this now to go with my faijtas mmmm xx

  16. I totally cheat when it comes to guac: I slice up an avacado (totally don't eat half of it in the process) and then add about a tablespoon of salsa. Boom. Guac-i-fied.


  17. thanks for this bethany!! never tried guacamole myself, might do now.. xx

  18. Lime juice is the secret. Lots and lots of lime juice. Welcome to the guac world! Sadly, I say that as someone who can eat an entire bowl, so that's not much of a welcome party!


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