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Avocados hanging on a treeAvocados never had it so good.

Chocolate Souffle, Easy Peasey Minestrone, Duck Lasagna, my mother’s secret cheesecake. I love to cook. So trust me.

This is it when it comes to guacamole.

Not only has it been a major hit in my home with family and friends, but it has also gotten raves around the world.  It has become almost world famous because our son,  Matthew, loved it and made this recipe where ever he lived from Santa Cruz to San Francisco,  to Tokyo, to Ivrea, Italy and even to the lower east side of New York City.

Matt in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Tokyo and New York City

He moved frequently for a number of years, studying and working around the US, Asia and Europe. Matthew threw great parties and called me from all over the world for the recipe. I would recite it to him. He’d write it down, and then lose it, move, call me, lose it, move, call me…anyway, somehow it would always disappear and I would give it to him again. A few years of this and I could recite it in my sleep.

I wanted to send him the cookbook with the recipe, but he didn’t want the extra weight in his suitcase because he moved so often. Still, Matthew loved his quacamole and after he moved to Italy,  he called to tell me that  Apple had come out with its  iSight camera. He placed his computer on top of  a chair and then placed the chair on top of  the table  in his kitchen. I could now supervise every step of his quacamole preparation. It was hilarious.

Our son was making my version of Diane Rossen Worthington’s recipe from The Cuisine of California and getting international raves for it. I’ve tasted a lot of guacamole, but hands down, this is it. This is your guacamole for life.



  •  1 Jalapeño chili. Chili’s can burn your skin, so always wear rubber gloves when prepping them and wash the working surface and knife after using.
  •  2 very ripe medium avocados coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • start with 1/2 teaspoon of table salt and then add another 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon. Taste with a chip so that you get the true flavor.
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped. I usually scoop the seeds out with my fingers so there’s less liquid in the dip.
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped cilantro if you like it. My husband doesn’t so I don’t.

Put on gloves and slice the chili in half. Using a sharp knife scoop out the white seeds and membrane. That’s where the heat is. Reserve the other half if you need to make the guacamole hotter. Finely chop the chilli and add it to a bowl. Add the lemon juice, onion, cumin and salt to the bowl. Gently mix in the tomatoes and avocados.

Now is the time to taste for seasonings. Do you need more heat? More salt? Taste with a chip and hold on to your sombrero!


Mexican sombrero, blankets and maracas

All images appearing on THE WORLD’S BEST GUACAMOLE RECIPE. EVER. are the expressed property of Sandra Sallin. All rights reserved. In other words, don’t steal it!

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  • La Contessa - Oh oh oh I have SO much to say!First I just saw that cookbook on another blog this past week!Dont ask who’s because I will NEVER recall!Second my Italian husband canNOT stand Cilantro!!Three my child sells kitchen gloves on Amazon!!!He is the top seller!Cooper Manufacturing kitchen gloves on Amazon!!!!If I knew how to do the link thingy from MY phone I would Post HERE but I don’t and as you know I’m at work!!!Must get back to my display!!!
    I will try this recipe as fast as I can find two RIPE Avocados!Then again I have a cousin in Santa Barbara with a Ranch of Avocado trees!!!!Perhaps a phone call is in Order!XOXOReplyCancel

    • sandra - I had never heard of those Cooper gloves until you mentioned it. What a great idea. Send the guacamole recipe to your cousin in exchange for avocados!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Yummy!!! I absolutely love guacamole and this recipe looks awesome!!! I love cilantro so I’ll be adding lots!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - You go for it girl!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Enjoy Jennifer. So easy and so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah - When can we make this!? I miss it soo much! Your blogs are the best, so fun, witty and mouth watering….I cannot wait to make this with you! Maybe you should start doing cooking classes too?ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Lets make it this weekend!Fun to make and to eat together. Can’t wait to see you honey.ReplyCancel

  • D. A. Wolf - Wow. This looks unbelievable. I would have trouble stopping you!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - It’s really good. Kinda hard to stop eating! So far I haven’t.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith - But I don’t like chunky (or cilantro). Can I Vitamix it?ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Absolutely not! But you can mash it to the consistancy that you like. On the other hand maybe you’ve discovered a new soup? Smoothie? Go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Mardel - Great Guacamole. I love that you put cumin in it, as this is the way I learned to make guacamole growing up.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Wait till you make it. You’ll like it even more!ReplyCancel

  • Design Chic - I am the biggest fan of guacamole and am always excited for a new recipe – know what I will be making this weekend!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Enjoy! Since I’ve published the recipe everyone I know has been making it for me. Love it every time. I even made it with my granddaughter. Now that was a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes - The recipe sounds great! There is something magical about guacamole! Plus, I get my son to eat all the raw veggies in the world when they are accompanied by guacamole! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you. I had not thought of the veggie aspect. I must tell my daughter that this is her chance for the grandkids to eat a green veggie!ReplyCancel

  • cindy hattersley - You are right…this is the absolute same recipe that I have used for well it seems like centuries!! For some reason my daughter’s version always tastes better than mine. I am enjoying reading past posts…so glad Eliz introduced me to your blog!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Maybe you have the same cookbook? Aha, now I see the name of your blog. Off I go to read it. Don’t you think other peoples tuna salad always tastes better than yours?I must say I made this guacamole with my granddaughter age 12 and now she adores it and so do the rest of the grand kids. That’s the taste test!ReplyCancel

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