Darn Good Guacamole

Best Guacamole Recipe

Fresh-GuacamoleThe original recipe was slightly bland; I blame that on the fact that it was published in Ladies Home Journal and probably mild on purpose. Sorry – they’re in New York and write for All Of America. I’m in California, avocado and spicy country.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe title prompted me to quietly tear it from the dentist office magazine. Yes, I do that sometimes, but only an emergency like this one.

Every household needs a Best Guacamole recipe. My cousin Wendy was family-famous for her guacamole, but when she started bringing shrimp cocktail to get-togethers in recent years, we didn’t complain (considering shrimp is a whole lot more special, we LET HER BRING THE SHRIMP).

All I did to zip their recipe up a bit was use more diced chilies and several dashes of Tabasco. Avocados right now are .99 each, and Saturday was our Gourmet Club, the theme being “comfort food.” As my bowl of guacamole chilled, Larry took whole corn tortillas, sliced and baked them crisp. We brought other things, in case you thought, “gee, how cheap of them to only do guacamole and chips.” We made rice pilaf, also cheap, LOL.

Super Bowl Sunday is obviously the next guacamole holiday. It was good to revisit this recipe in case it’s required that day, too.

Darn Good Guacamole, adapted from Ladies’ Home Journal

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small can diced jalapeno chilies, your choice of heat
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 3 to 4 dashes of Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • 3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon or lime

Combine onion, tomato, cilantro, chilies and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, coarsely mash the avocado with a fork or potato masher. Add the onion mixture and lemon juice and stir until well mixed. Add Tabasco to taste, adjust salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired. Makes 3 cups.

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1 Delishhh March 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I was laughing and reading this love it. I do that same 🙂 Great recipe. I just did a Gucamole recipe here http://delishhh.com/?p=637 but i have never tried it with tabasco. I will look around your blog, so far it has been great.

2 Zack Jones February 24, 2010 at 6:27 am

So you’re the one that’s been stealing those recipes from the magazines :). What I do is use the camera on my cellphone to take a picture of the page.

3 Carole February 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Don’t tell Patty but in a pinch I have added bottled tomato salsa and lime to avocados for a better than pretty good guacamole. However, if you are lucky enough to have good fresh tomatoes in February, then Patty’s is best.

4 Stacy February 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Oh yum! If I was stranded on a dessert island with one food option it would be chips and guacamole!

5 Russ Allen February 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

If it is a good as the fish recipe I used that you sent about a month ago, it will be terrific. Tell Larry the Trogans better do good this year with the recruiting class they snagged.

6 Wendy February 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

WOW. I made the hall of shame.

7 Lynne@Cook&BeMerry February 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

LOL. I too have liberated recipes from magazines in the dentist office. Glad to know I’m not the only one.

8 Kelly February 4, 2010 at 6:30 am

I love that you tore it out. I do the same thing and I usually look around first to see who is watching. I have a fantasy of living in California someday and having my own avocado tree.

9 Tracy February 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

When I read that you tore it out of the magazine, I laughed out loud, haha! I’ve been wanting to try guacamole – bookmarking this!

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