Our team loves guacamole. I was sorry to miss this tasty recipe contest at the Avocado Festival this year. Carpinteria, California is a captivating place to visit any time. Cherisse Kirkendall, from Carpinteria, who won last  year, was the winner again this year.

She used perfect Hass avocados
with classic natural flavors. Others tried olives, chili peppers, olives and bacon.

Here is Cherisse’s Guacamole winning recipe.

7 Hass avocados (medium)
4 diced and seeded Roma tomatoes
1 cup fine diced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime
1 1/2 tablespoons Lawry’s garlic salt
Dash pepper


Mash avocados in bowl to desired texture and add red onion and seasonings to taste.
Slice tomatoes and remove seeds.
Cut into medium size squares.
Fold in tomatoes, keeping it chunky.
Serve cold.

Cherisse’s Tips:

Keep it simple.
Chunky is good.
Avoid overripe avocados.
Use potato masher to mash avocados. video

Our tip is to serve with homemade tortilla chips or crunchy vegetables.

The Tandem Tasters favorite guacamole is still the healthful one  made fresh from the garden and farm at Rancho La Puerto in Tecate, Mexico, near San Diego. They add peas, but you would never guess. Simply delicious. The recipe is in our archives.

Brenda C. Hill

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