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6 large cloves garlic, unpeeled6 ripe medium avocados½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, plus more if desired1 tsp Mexican queso fresco, queso añejo, salted pressed farmer’s cheese, firm goat cheese, mild feta or Romano, finely crumbled or grated


1. To prepare guacamole: Place unpeeled garlic in a small dry skillet over medium heat; cook, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool, then slip off the skins; finely chop. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl. Add the garlic, cilantro and lime juice to taste. Coarsely mash everything together. Season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. To set up the guacamole bar: Scoop garnishes into small serving bowls and put the chips in a large basket or bowl. Encourage guests to spoon a little guacamole on a chip and top with garnishes that appeal.


Kitchen Tip: To toast pumpkin seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate the guacamole (Step 1) up to 1 day.


Looking for more tasty guacamole recipes? Try Skinny Guacamole and Cheese-Topped Guacamole!


Recipe from “Fiesta at Rick’s” by Rick Bayless; W.W. Norton and Company, July 2010.




¾ cup Mexican queso fresco
¾ cup toasted pumpkin seeds (see tip)
¾ cup sliced pickled jalapeños
½ cup crumbled crisp-fried bacon or 3/4 cup coarsely crumbled chicharrón (Mexican crisp-fried pork rind)
1 16-ounce bag large, sturdy tortilla chips

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 16 Total

  • Calories 310
  • Calories from fat 189
  • Total Fat 21gm 32%
  • Sodium 451mg 19%
  • Total Carbohydrates 28gm 9%
  • Fiber 6gm 24%
  • Protein 7gm
  • Cholesterol 7mg 2%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Appetizer, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Healthy, High Fiber, Low Cholesterol, Low Sodium, Cheese, Pork, Fruit, Nut, Avocado, Mexican, Easy, Quick, 30 Minute, Roasting, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Birthday, Super Bowl, Housewarming, New Year, Entertaining

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