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Easy Classic Guacamole

For many, cilantro is key to making the best guacamole. Our version can be made as an easy, nutritious lunchtime meal.

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  • Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups

Source: Everyday Food, December 2004


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 jalapeno chiles, minced, ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Pit, dice, and peel avocados; gently mash in a medium bowl with garlic and coarse salt.

  2. Mix in tomatoes, chiles, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. Serve immediately, or press plastic wrap directly onto surface of guacamole (to prevent discoloration), and store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

Cook's Notes

This can be mashed into chunks, or blended with a food processor until smooth.

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