Since acquiring a molcajete (traditional Mexican mortar & pestle), it’s hard NOT to make guacamole every day. When you buying as many avocados as I do, remember to wait until they’re just about ripe and store them in the refrigerator – they’ll last for 1 to 2 weeks longer. Refrigerating avocados slows the ripening process without altering the flavor or texture. If you don’t finish the whole avocado, wrap it tight in plastic wrap and put it back in the fridge. Now you can buy your avocados days ahead of time without fear of them melting into a green-brown ooze. Use them liberally, don’t be shy – avocados are great on salads, sandwiches, on top of soup, chili or tacos. Don’t forget, you could always bake an egg into the avocado or make some Avocado Ice Cream. Of course there’s always my perfected guacamole recipe, best served on tacos, burgers or with Homemade Tortilla Chips.


2 large ripe avocados
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2t lime juice
1/2t kosher salt, to taste
2T chopped red onion (optional)


1. Add the jalapeno pepper, cilantro, lime juice, red onion (if using) and salt to the molcajete and mash it with the tejolote (stone pestle). If you don’t have a molcajete, use a medium bowl and the back of a fork. Slice the avocados in half, remove the pit and use a large spoon to scoop them out and into the molcajete. Mash and mix well with the tejolote, adjusting the salt to taste. Serve on tacos and with tortilla chips. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Servings per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrate 4.5g
Dietary Fiber 3.5g
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Filed in Appetizer, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Mexican, Peanut Butterless, Vegetarian

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  1. Vicki says:

    I’m so relieved to not see peanut butter in this recipe :)

    I was tempted… ~ Nick

  2. Shelby says:

    I almost thought you were going to put PB in this recipe…phew!

  3. 1.) Guacamole is my crack.
    2.) AGAIN with the no pb?! :)

    I know, but Cinco de Mayo called =). I would try it with peanut butter but avocados are very mild flavored, pb might overpower it. I will try it someday though! ~ Nick

  4. Marta says:

    Great recipe Nick!
    Homemade guacamole is the way to go. I despise the store-bough variety, why is it so bitter?! And what crazy chemicals do they put in it so it doesn’t brown? It’s really an unnecessary purchase when you can make it so easily, tastier and healthier at home.
    I had a 5 de Mayo BBQ this weekend with all my Mexican friends. It was so much fun to taste authentic Mexican food and all their traditions for this holiday. Of course, to my ignorant eye, all the dishes were permutations of tacos! But all delicious!

    I know, I don’t get how it doesn’t turn brown! I have a guilty passion for those powder packets of guacamole you just add to avocados, those are pretty tasty – but fresh is still better. Haha, Mexican food is just permutations of tacos but I love it all! Are you not of Mexican origin? I could have sworn you were because of your name… ~ Nick

  5. dawn says:

    Nick you are the bestest! PB & chocolate are my main sources of fat & happiness too!! What a great opening line.
    I never buy store bought guac, I mean what the heck is in there right?
    When it’s really hot outside, a cold dish of homemade guac & chips and ice cold beer is our meal of choice.

    What a good idea, I gotta try that for dinner some night. I’ve already had my daily intake of happiness this morning, I’m good to go! ~ Nick

  6. Erik B. says:

    I dunno, I was kind of looking forward to the PB being used in the dip in an unusual way. Which, of course, would be the only way PB could have been used in this :p

    Hah, exactly. I was contemplating it but decided against it…this time. ~ Nick

  7. Rose-Anne says:

    This post has the best opening line EVER! I love it! The world would be a sad, sad place without chocolate and peanut butter. But guacamole ain’t bad either ;-) Happy Cinco de Mayo, Nick!

    I agree =). ~ Nick

  8. Katrina says:

    Just had some guac yesterday, it was SO good! Yum to yours!

  9. Utz says:

    running out of PB ideas, or are you going to surprise us with a mega one?

    Oh I’ve got plenty of ideas queued up, I suppose the next one will have to be a bombshell won’t it. ~ Nick

  10. Reeni says:

    This quac is my happiness right now! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  11. To your opening statement (and everything else that follows), I say, “Amen, brother.”

    It’s official, that statement is my new personal motto. ~ Nick

  12. Gina says:

    If I was on a desert island and I could have any three items I wanted: Peanut Butter, Avocado, Chocolate Ice Cream (gotta get my calcium, I’m a women!). Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    Wouldn’t be the worst place to live =). ~ Nick

  13. Heather says:

    what?! no PB in this?!?! it still looks delicious, though :)

  14. Erin from long island says:

    I like to tame spicy food with a kiss of pb, but that’s just me….i dont think i have ever even bought guac from the store, whats the point?

    all i know is guac + yucca fries = freakin awesome

    Yucca fries, good idea. PB does seem to have a way of toning down the spiciness. You might like my Hot and Spicy Peanut Butter recipe. ~ Nick

  15. Charisse says:

    I LOVE GUAC!!!! I would eat it all day every day if I could. I love avocados and put them on as many things as possible. I believe I was an old Mexican lady in my past life. I make guacamole allll the time, to the disgust of my boyfriend. He despises guac. I don’t understand it. He may have to go. J/K. This is pretty much how I make it, but I use very little cilantro. I don’t much care for it…which also makes me question the validity of my past life statement….

    It’s definitely a love or hate kind of thing – that goes for guac as well as cilantro. To be honest though, when I go to get-togethers for my girlfriends Mexican side of the family, I never see cilantro in the food or even on the side. I could use it like lettuce though. ~ Nick

  16. Hayley says:

    This sounds wonderfully fresh, Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  17. This is how I make my guac, too–but without the salsa. Try it. I think you’ll love it.

    It’s good without the salsa for sure but in that case I like to pair with something else very mild so the flavor is noticeable. Otherwise, I only recommend using the fresh salsa you find in the refrigerated or deli section. ~ Nick

  18. Elisabeth Herrera says:

    i hope you have some of this for tomorrow!

    All gone! ~ Nick

  19. Chou says:

    Nick, I must agree. Guacamole, the homemade variety, wins my heart. I finally made it to PB & Co today, very interesting. I think the flavors of the peanut butter (at least some of them) are a little too strident when consumed alone, but I now have a bunch of little containers waiting to undergo the sandwich test. I’ll report back later . . .

    Ah, the sandwich shop in NYC? I liked it but wasn’t bowled over. They have some cool sandwiches but I think I was just over-enthusiastic about going that one time and the workers didn’t seem to care how excited I was =). I agree, the flavors are a bit much on their own but they often get overwhelmed on a sandwich. Like a dark chocolate pb and jelly sandwich gets overwhelmed by the jelly. I generally find it hard to use flavored peanut butter. ~ Nick

  20. anudivya says:

    Hey there Nick! You have no idea how much I missed blogging and blogs like yours… I am so happy to be back again, and I hope I can get around to reading the sea of posts you have done while I was gone. :)

    Thanks for the compliments, great to see you back! You’ve got some catching up to do =). ~ Nick

  21. Emily says:

    Happy Cinco de Mayo, Peanut Butter Boy!

    Your guacamole looks scrumptious.

    All fixed =) ~ Nick

  22. I just made homemade guac for the first time a few months ago. I always thought it would be so complicated, but its not!

    So much cheaper than buying it premade!

    Thanks for posting the recipe!

  23. ttfn300 says:

    MMmm, guac :) i’m toy-ing with the idea of throwing in some edamame next time i make it!

  24. Sharon says:

    Oh, awesome!!!

  25. laci says:

    Guacamole is a favorite, thanks for the awsome and simple recipe! Although, I may need a spponful of salsa, tofutti sourcream and corn chips to accompany this mexican style dip! :-)

  26. laci says:

    Guacamole is definitely a favorite source of healthy fats next to nutbutter and dark chocolate! :-)

  27. Bren says:

    I’m eating guac I made today for Mother’s Day as I type this…one of my absolute fave things to munch on! i like yours just plain and simple! i add all kinds of goodies to mine! (cumin, garlic, red onion, and sometimes pineapple).

    • Nick says:

      I always mean to experiment more with what I add but then I shy away because it’s so good plain like this. It depends what you’re going for though. If you’re putting it on tacos or in a burrito, the guac should have more flavor so you can actually taste it!

  28. Nick,
    I clicked on this so excited that you had come up with a guac. recipe including peanut butter. Where’s the PB love?!? :)

  29. Fabjena says:

    This one’s looking sooo good :))

  30. Chuck says:

    I’ve been using the fridge trick forever. My secret gaucamole ingredient it just a couple tablespoons of greek yogurt!

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