Chunky Guacamole with Cilantro Recipe

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In the cuisine of the Southwest, guacamole is used as a cocktail dip, or one of the toppings and/or fillings of enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, or burritos. It is also wonderful as a cold sauce for grilled meats or fish. There seem to be more versions of guacamole than there are avocados in this world.

This guacamole recipe follows the traditional Mexican-style as the mixture must be chunky (never a puree), have a bit from fresh chilies, and be perfumed with fresh cilantro. Good guacamole requires good avocados. This recipe is best made with California-type avocados (Hass), those with rough, dark-green skins. Guacamole does not keep well, so make it at the last moment before serving.

Guacamole Dip

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Chunky Guacamole with Cilantro Recipe

Recipe Type: Salsa & Guacamole, Avocado, Tomato, Chile Peppers, Diet
Cuisine: Southwest
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 20 min


This was a hard recipe to write down, as I usually just do it with as many avocados and tomatoes that I have. I usually make a large batch of guacamole. Be creative!

1 large tomato, diced
3 tablespoons finely-chopped onion
1 green chile pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice*
1 ripe Hass avocado
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted (optional)
1/4 cup firmly-packed chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt to taste
Coarsely-ground pepper to taste
Corn chips or Corn Tortillas

* I vary the amount of lime juice used according to my tastes at the time.


In a large bowl, combine tomato, onion, chile pepper, and lime juice; set aside.

Peel, seed, and dice the avocado:

cut avocado
Start by cutting the avocado lengthwise around the seed using a sharp knife with a blade at least 2 inches longer than the avocado.

avocado halves
Place the avocado in the palm of your hand and insert. Without moving the knife, roll the avocado around, slicing it top to bottom and back to the top. A gentle twist will separate the two halves of the avocado, exposing the meat and the seed inside.


avocado pitted
To remove the seed, carefully “hit” the seed with the knife so it pierces it about 1/4 inch or so. Turn the knife with the seed, and it will come loose from the inner flesh so you can easily lift it up and out of the avocado.

avocado pit
To remove the seed from your knife, pinch the seed by placing your fingers over the knife blade (blunt side) and squeeze as though you are pinching the end of the avocado. It should pop off from the knife and fall freely. 

avocado scored
Score the inner meat with a butter knife both horizontally and laterally. These will be the cubes when the skin is turned towards inside out. If the avocado is ripe flesh should fall out as the skin is turned. Repeat this with the remaining avocados.


Add the diced avocado to the tomato mixture; gently stir together. NOTE: The lime juice will help keep the avocados from darkening.

Add cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, and pepper to the tomato/avocado mixture; stir until blended.

Let set at least 10 minute for the flavors to blend before serving.

Serve with your favorite corn chips.

Serves many.

Guacamole Dip with Cilantro - Nutritional Information

I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the below information. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new fitness regimen.

Item Amount Fat Grams Carbohydrates Grams Calories
tomato, large 1 each 1 8 38
onion 3 tablespoons 0 8 15
chile pepper 1 each .1 4.3 18
lime juice 3 tablespoons 0 2.8 8
avocado, Hass 1 each 30 14 324
Recipe Totals 2.6 37.1 403
Recipe makes 12 servings.

Each Serving Totals - .6 Fat Grams, 3 carbohydrate grams, 33.5 calories

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