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How to make… Guacamole

Our recipe is adapted from one our friend, Sena, made from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook many years ago. Sandy had copied it from her when they were roommates in Sofia, Bulgaria, over 20 years ago. Suffice to say, the recipe has been changed and adapted over the years, especially as I learned it and moved away from the original handwritten recipe. But I’m pleased that it is always tasty and perfectly seasoned… without being spicy.

For us, the more coriander (cilantro) the better. But if you don’t like cilantro, then feel free to swap it out for parsley; it’s the fresh, citrusy flavour that you want to aim for. And, while we used fresh lemons this time, limes work just as well.

To get the nice, smooth texture, make sure your avocados are perfectly ripe. Underripe fruits will make your guac lumpy, even with the most powerful food processor or stick blender available. Of course, the mayo and yogurt (or sour cream) help make it smooth, too.

We love pairing our guacamole with corn tortilla chips that have a hint of lime flavouring. That just adds extra flavour. If you can find them reasonably priced, be sure to try them if you make this recipe.


4ripeavocadospeeled and pureed
4mediumtomatoeschopped, seeds removed
1bunchsalad onionschopped (6-8 onions)
1bunchfresh corianderfinely chopped
8Tbspplain yogurtor sour cream
4Tbspmayonnaiseor more or less, to taste
1tspcayenne pepperor more or less to taste
2lemonsjuice only


  1. Peel and chop the avocados.  Puree using a stick blender or food processor.
  2. Add the mayonnaise and yogurt, blending until smooth.
  3. Add the lemon juice.  This gives flavour and helps keep the avocados from turning brown.
  4. Add the cayenne pepper and any other seasonings of your choice.  We sometimes add a bit of garlic, too.
  5. Chop the onions, and coriander and fold into the mixture.
  6. Finally, chop and de-seed the tomatoes (to avoid too much moisture) and fold them into the mixture.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and refrigerate for a few hours to season through before serving with tortilla chips.

Watch us make it

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