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Roasted Garlic Guacamole


This delicious guacamole recipe, uniquely garnished with cheese, pumpkin seeds, and chicharron, comes from chef Rick Bayless -- it's the heart of his Cinco de Mayo guacamole bar. Get All the Recipes

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010


  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 6 medium-large ripe avocados (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more if necessary
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds tortilla chips or 2 baguettes, sliced on the bias into 1/4-inch-thick slices, brushed with olive oil and toasted
  • 3/4 cup Mexican queso fresco or queso anejo, for serving
  • 3/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for serving
  • 3/4 cup coarsely crumbled chicharron (Mexican crisp-fried pork rind) or 1/2 cup crumbled crisp bacon (from 2 to 3 medium-thick bacon slices), for serving


  1. In a medium dry skillet, roast garlic over medium heat, turning, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. When garlic is cool enough to handle, peel and finely chop.

  2. Halve avocados lengthwise and remove pit; scoop flesh into a large bowl. Add garlic, cilantro, and lime juice; coarsely mash until well combined. Season with about 1 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a serving bowl and press plastic wrap directly on surface of guacamole to cover; refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve on tortilla chips or bread slices with desired toppings.

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