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Chef John's Classic Guacamole

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"There are few things as easy, healthy, and delicious as this ubiquitous dip. However, unless you're grinding your aromatic vegetation in a molcajete, or against a cutting board, you're really not tasting a classic guacamole. The flavors not only become more intense, but actually change in character. This is just what those bland, fatty, but delectable avocados need. That and a thoughtful seasoning of lime juice, and maybe some more salt."
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20 m servings 158
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Place minced peppers, 1/4 cup of the chopped cilantro, and the diced onions on a cutting board. Chop them together into very small pieces. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Using the flat side of the knife blade, smear the mixture to work it into a paste, and chop again to achieve as fine a texture as possible.
  2. Stem, halve, and pit the avocados. Scoop out flesh and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, onion and serrano mixture, salt, and fresh lime juice. Mash with a potato masher to desired texture (smooth or chunky), 5 or 6 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 158 calories; 13.9 9.7 2.2 0 89 Full nutrition

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As always, Chef John did not disappoint. I have made this recipe three times now for my foodie friends and they all keep raving about it. The secret really is in grinding the ingredients togethe...

Like always ! Starting to wish I was married to this man ! He is awesome in the kitchen! Another crowd pleaser!

Yes! Chef John makes Guac even better. Great technique but I used my mortal/pestle for that. I made double cilantro/onion/Serrano mash to freeze 1/2 for next go round. I did add a clove a garlic...

Very good! Great flavors. Watch the video to get the technique. Chef John is great!

As with everything "Chef John" I've made, this was great. I added a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh mint.

Family all really enjoyed this recipe.

Delicious! Made a half recipe. Used 1/2 roma tomato, seeded; seeded the serrano pepper, and added a pinch of garlic powder. Will use this "smashing" technique for the vegetables from now on.

Delicious! I love the technique of smashing the onions, cilantro and peppers with salt. It makes the final product much smoother.

This is a great recipe. I loved it. Will make again.