Our Favorite Guacamole

Easy GuacamoleI grew up spoiled with avocados. My childhood home in Santa Barbara sits on four acres, nestled in amongst a couple dozen avocado trees, which provided us with nearly year-round fruit. Today, living on the other side of the country, avocados are a delicious – but less frequent – luxury. However, this week I was spoiled again; My parents sent us a lovely care package that included several big, beautiful Hass avocados from their trees.  Needless to say, we have been including avocado in just about everything lately: Spanish breakfast scrambles, black-bean tacos, and veggie-packed sandwiches.

My very favorite preparation remains fresh, simple guacamole. With just a few ingredients and a gentle hand, our favorite chunky, flavorful version lets the avocado shine. We will be making this for the big game on Sunday, and we’re not alone: Growers estimate that nearly 160 million Hass avocados will be purchased for professional football’s most important game of the year.

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Our Favorite Guacamole


Get ready for game day with this delicious – and foolproof – Guacamole recipe.


  • 2 ripe avocados (We used California Hass avocados.)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • garlic salt, to taste


  1. Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Gently slide a butter knife along the edge of each avocado half to loosen them from their skins. Add the avocado to a mixing bowl and top with the red onion. Squeeze the lime juice over top.
  2. Using the back side of a fork, smash the avocado mixture together until the ingredients are combined, but still chunky. Sprinkle with the garlic salt, to taste, and smash one or two more times. Serve with tortilla chips.


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  1. 8.4.13
    Karen said:

    This looks amazing! I love guacamole so much. Here is another easy guacamole recipe you might like to try.
    Thanks for Sharing.

  2. 1.30.13

    If you’ve never tried dipping egg rolls and such into guacamole- your life is not complete.
    Thank you for another inspiring recipe!

    • 2.4.13
      Laura said:

      Thanks Lydia! I have not gone that direction before, but now I’m intrigued! I will have to try that…

  3. 1.30.13
    OregonSue said:

    This is very much like the guacamole we made too. Growing up in So. Cal, we had an avocado tree that was grafted with several different varieties of avocados. There were the Fuerte, Hass, and a couple others. We had avocados year round. We liked Lawry’s Seasoned Salt in ours. Good stuff. Yes, simple is better.

    • 2.4.13
      Laura said:

      Thanks Sue! Sounds like you were spoiled by avo’s too!

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