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14 November 2014

I am overjoyed to let you know that today is National Spicy Guacamole Day. Seriously. Overjoyed. Guacamole is arguably the greatest dip in the world. So creamy. So delicious. So addictive. You’ll find it in Mexican restaurants across the country and what I find personally amazing is how different it is from place to place. Not hugely different, but subtle. A little bit more of this, a little bit less of that. Toss in some of this, not that. Every restaurant makes it slightly differently, which is wonderful.

You can rush out to celebrate at your favorite local Mexican place, or you can make guacamole at home. It’s incredibly easy. The key, though, is ripe avocados. Learn how to tell when an avocado is ripe.┬áStarting with soft, ripened avocados will ensure a nice and creamy guacamole. The basic guacamole calls for four simple ingredients: avocados, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. That’s it. I have made this many, manytimes and have had people tell me it is their favorite guacamole. Here is the basic recipe:

Basic Homemade Guacamole
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 80 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 1 avocado peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mash with a large fork until avocado becomes creamy and ingredients are combined.
  3. Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Basic Homemade Guacamole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 294mg 12%
Potassium 243mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You can add in all sorts of extras as you tastes prefer, like goat cheese (one of my personal favorites), horseradish, diced tomatoes, etc. Now, since today is National SPICY Guacamole Day, we need to spice this up! Easy. Obviously we’re talking chili peppers, but let’s expound on that. A simple method is to chop some jalapeno peppers and toss them into the mix. This is great but it doesn’t need to be your only option. Try roasting your chili peppers first, then chopping them and adding to the mix. The roasted peppers will be softer and you’ll enjoy the light smoky flavor. They will blend into the texture better as well.

Consider the spicy Serrano pepper. Serranos have an excellent level of heat and you can easily find them in the supermarket. You’ll get more of a bite. There are so many chili peppers available, allowing you to vary it up to your heat level preference. I love a good ghost pepper guacamole, as well as a Red Savina guacamole.

Chili powders are a good option. If you don’t make your own blends at home, you can incorporate Cayenne powder, red chili pepper flakes, or even a Cajun or Creole blend. Those are easy to find.

Or, try chipotle sauce. Grocery stores sell chipotles in adobo sauce and that sauce has a mild level of spice that can heat up your guacamole, at least a little bit. Get spicy out there today with your guacamole! Here is a bit of further reading to help you along with your guacamole.



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