When I was lucky enough to have my own Avocado Trees in Santa Barbara I made guacamole nearly every day. It is the “good fat” I told myself.

Julia Child’s and the Hill Team’s favorite real Mexican food is found at an old shack called Superica. If your in Santa Barbara you may want to try La Super Rica Taqueria at 622 N. Milpas St. Phone: (805) 963-4940.

The owner shared this version of guacamole when I brought him my basket of avocados and limes. There is a similar recipe in Bon Appetit.


For 1 cup – 1 person ( or two unless I am sharing)

1 large, ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1/2 cup each of fresh cilantro and onion, both chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Serrano chilies, chopped and seeded
Salt and pepper
2 squeezes of fresh lime juice


  • The Superica cooks mash the avocados and lime in a bowl.
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix to a rough chop.
  • Serve with freshly made or toasted, crisp Tortilla chips

Tip: Serrano chilies are small, green and hot! Use with care. If chopping onions makes you cry do not touch your eyes with your hands.

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    Brenda C. Hill
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