Guacamole – Oh How I Love Thee!

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Guacamole (Chipolte CopyCat version) from @KatrinasKitchen

I’m having chips and guacamole for dinner. I’ve decided that’s an advantage of being an adult. You can have chips and guacamole for dinner and nobody can stop you.

With my extreme love of all things avocado I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never made guacamole at home. I remember buying an avocado at some point in the past 10 years but I can’t remember doing anything with it. Well that all ended this week. In fact I made it TWICE in the past 7 days! Just so you know it DID accompany a full meal earlier in the week with whole grain turkey tacos and sweet corn cake. Inspired by my obsession with Chipotle guacamole I give you my version!

It’s really very simple. I haven’t met a guacamole I didn’t like, however there are some I like better than others. For me Chipotle gets it just right. I like for the avocado to be the star in my guacamole. Garlic, tomatoes, onions, and other spices have their place in my kitchen but I really wanted the avocado to stand out here so I made this as simple as possible.

Guacamole (Chipolte CopyCat version) from @KatrinasKitchen

Here’s the lineup: avocado, shallot, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. That’s it folks! I would have juiced a lime myself but they were only selling limes by the bag at my local grocery store and I didn’t really have the need for 30 key limes. If I had a “real” lime I would have probably included some of the lime zest. On a side note I did make this recipe last week with lemon juice. Just my opinion – but I didn’t think the lemon gave the dip enough kick. The lime really did it for me. Also although I didn’t try it I think red onion would be a good substitute for the shallot.

Guacamole (Chipolte CopyCat version) from @KatrinasKitchen

Copycat Chipotle Guacamole


  • 2 California avocados
  • 1 TBS lime juice and some zest if you have it
  • 1 shallot finely minced (red onion would be a good substitute)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped


  • Cut the avocados down the middle and twist the halves to expose the pit. Bring down your knife on the pit of the avocado and twist it free using the blade of your knife.
  • Spoon out the flesh into a medium sized bowl and use a fork to mash to the consistency you like. Add the juice of 1 lime (about a tablespoon), cilantro, and the salt.
  • Finely mince one shallot and add to the bowl and add cilantro. If you are using red onion I would use about a quarter of a softball sized red onion.
  • Stir, cover, and chill for about an hour.

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- Katrina

42 Responses to “Guacamole – Oh How I Love Thee!”

  1. #
    Carolyn — February 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Chipotle does make some great guac. I could eat guac all day every day!

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    [email protected] — February 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I like that you used a shallot instead of a red onion. This sounds so good and my brain is already on summer mode!

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    Hester Casey - Alchemy — February 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I have never met a gaucamole I didn’t like either. This looks like a good one!

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    Mary at n00bcakes — February 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I am a true sucker for a good avocado, and an even bigger sucker for fabulous guac. Like you, I would eat it for dinner if I could (tough to get consistently good avocados where I shop). I recently posted a Super-Duper Guacamole recipe; you should how you like it compared to yours! ^_^

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    foodblogandthedog — February 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Sometimes less is more and this looks like one of those occasions. I want to add some chipotle chillies though just because you mentioned the word!! Is chipotle a brand?

  6. #
    Lynn — February 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Looks good! I am a guesser!!!

  7. #
    Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two — February 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    This looks better than Chipotle’s guac! If only we lived close…we could have a double date with our hubbys to our favorite restaurant!

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    Cheryl and Adam @ — February 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Yes please! Love the simplicity of the recipe, really lets the avocados shine. Very nice!

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    [email protected] — February 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Best part of your version, for me, is that there’s no cilantro. Can’t stand cilantro. Most the time my hubby makes the quac but I think I can definitely handle this recipe.

  10. #
    blackbookkitchendiaries — February 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    this sounds lovely:) and looks really gorgeous too. thanks for sharing this.

  11. #
    Rosemary — February 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I’ll remember to have guacamole for dinner the next time my husband’s out! (I guess all the time; that’s why I’m not a great baker!)

  12. #
    Tiffany — February 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    This is what I’m talking about! Letting the avocado shine!!!

  13. #
    Anu Santanu — February 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Oh I love guacamole.. Nice clicks !

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    Eliotseats — February 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    We had the most unusual guac the other day at a local eclectic Mexican restaurant: Guacamole with feta and pomengranate. It was different but I liked it. Your recipe sounds awesome.

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    briarrose — February 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Guacamole for dinner….love it!

    I used to be a total wing it in the kitchen person until I actually had to start writing things down. I still have the resist the urge though. 😉

  16. #
    Manu — February 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I love guacamole but I have never made it at home! I will try it with this recipe! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  17. #
    Happy When Not Hungry — February 23, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Love guacamole and chips for dinner! Yours looks delicious. Yum!

  18. #
    Sabrina — February 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

    hahahaha I love how you ate this for dinner! its really not bad for you at all though! It looks perfect!

    I am loving your blog so I left you a Stylish Blogger award on my blog.


  19. #
    Tiffany — February 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Yes, I agree lime works better than lemon in guacamole…..and sorry, but you are not the first to have chips and guacamole for dinner, I do it all the time!

  20. #
    kita — February 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Love that we can have whatever we want whenever we want it! Go adulthood (my enthusiasm for this is compounded by a long talk with someone who thinks adulthood sucks – poo on them). This looks like a great dinner!

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    Kate @ — February 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Yes, that is the best thing about being an adult… eating snack food for dinner … I love that!

    Lime in guac is the secret ingredient…in my opinion. Great recipe Katrina…guacamole is my favorite dip, hands down.

  22. #
    Mary — February 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I love gauc! This looks soooo tasty! Bookmarked!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  23. #
    Laura — February 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Looks delicious and easy to make. I have a guacamole recipe that I’m posting next week. It’s a lighter version with the addition of peas. Looking forward to more baking recipes!

  24. #
    Ryan — February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    This looks yummy! Guacamole is one of my favorites!! Will have to try your recipe.

  25. #
    Kankana — February 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    i know advantage of becoming an adult .. no one can tell you what to eat and what not to 🙂 fun dinner i must say..

  26. # — February 24, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I am pretty sure I could eat guacamole everyday and not get sick of it! This looks great! 🙂

  27. #
    D O M O ! — February 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Mm.. I love avacado too. This guacamole sounds great!

  28. #
    Sandra — February 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I can’t believe that I never tried Guacamole..I just might with you divine recipe:))Looks delicious!

  29. #
    Tammy — February 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    There is nothing quite better than guacamole! I absolute love it. It reminds me of sping and summer picnics!
    This dip sounds delish!

  30. #
    Treat and Trick — February 25, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Never tried guacamole but now I’m tempted to try after looking at your great photo. Delicious!

  31. #
    Our Eyes Eat First — February 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    yuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm! that is all. lol!

  32. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    My mama LOVES guacamole and she could probably eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ll have to make this for her. I love the idea of using shallots! 🙂

  33. #
    Tammy — February 26, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Hello Katrina! I just wanted to pass by and tell you I am giving you the stylish blogger award on my blog!


  34. #
    Becky — February 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Because my husband and I are adults, we have a Friday night ritual, Guac, chips and Margaritas for dinner! We have a simple guad recipe, 2 avocados, juice of 1 lime, 1 jalopeno, diced and seeded, I med tomato diced, and fresh cilantro.
    Soo good and the a great way t kick off the weekend!

  35. #
    Butrcreamblondi — February 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Katrina I have never met a guacamole I didn’t like! I eat it for dinner all the time!

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    veggietestkitchen — February 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    i feel like cooking IS all about guessing. a little of this a little of that. it’s a great way to exercise the experimental side of yourself. this guac looks good. you can even add cilantro and tomatoes to add a chunky element to it.

  37. #
    Kristen — February 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    If I didn’t have to set a good example for my five kids (darn-it!) I’d be right with you having chips and guacamole for dinner. It looks delicious!!!

  38. #
    Amy Bakes Everything — February 27, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Gorgeous! I seriously love guacamole, too! Yours sounds simple and amazing!

  39. #
    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — February 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I love home made Guacamole!

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    The Mom Chef — February 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I always use lime in my guacamole and adore it that way. Yours looks absolutely fabulous and now I have to go buy avocados!

  41. #
    Simply Life — March 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I have yet to make my own guac- this is inspiring me to finally do it!

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    [email protected] — March 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Guacamole might be my favorite food item ever. It could be my obsession with limes that drives this but either way, i eat it by the spoonful! I love seeing people’s variations on it, looks great 🙂

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