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Central Mexican Guacamole

4 Servings

10 minutes

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Too many guacamole recipes are a muddle of flavors. Diana Kennedy’s use of just a handful of traditional ingredients allowed the dish’s simple flavors to be the focus. White onion mashed with cilantro and serrano chilies added the right amount of bite, while diced tomatoes offered balanced acidity against the rich avocados. Mashing the cilantro, chilies and onion in the same bowl as the avocados kept their flavors in the food, not on the cutting board. We were surprised that we never missed the lime juice. Guacamole hinges on the ripeness of the avocados; they should be soft but slightly firm.




Don’t discard the seeds from the chilies. This recipe relies on them for a pleasant heat.

10 minutes


  • 4

    tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1-2

    serrano chilies, stemmed and finely chopped


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Suzanna Y.
June 25, 2022
Simple, Flavourful, and Classic
This is the only guacamole I will ever eat! Most guacamole out there are either bland/tasteless or an overkill.
July 5, 2022
Clean and distinct flavor. Cilantro Substitute?
This is great and what I was locking for to show of my molcajete. Some friends can't take the cilantro (that soapy taste.) Any suggestions for a substitute?
Andrew J.

Really surprised at how well this turned out. I was skeptical given the lack of lime, but the pint of tomatoes lends enough brightness without making the end product tomato-y at all.

Yaoli Y.

So so good! Ran out of cilantro so had to omit but still well salted and full of flavor. I think mashing the onions and Serrano in the beginning with salt made all the difference in flavor

Natalia S.

Fantastic!! I used Only 1 Serrano Chile and it turned out too spicy for some in my household next time I would take out half or all the seeds to please family. But I like it spicy. This was simple and delicious!