How to Make Delicious Homemade Guacamole and Pico de Gallo - Easy Mexican Dip Recipes

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Homemade pico de gallo and guacamole
Homemade pico de gallo and guacamole | Source

The Avocado and Your Health

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Guacamole vs. Avocado Dip

I love any kind of Mexican food, Mexican-style food, Tex-Mex, or whatever you want to call it! If there's a taco, a burrito, or an enchilada involved, count me in! That goes for the dips that go with that type of food. I've loved guacamole ever since I discovered it. I'm a purist when it comes to guacamole, so the "avocado dip" I see in stores doesn't appeal to me. It seems that it's called avocado dip because it does have SOME avocado in it but not necessarily very much. Or maybe avocado dip is just another name for guacamole. But I digress.

Although I've had wonderful guacamole with onions and tomatoes in it, I really prefer plain and simple. Here I offer up just that--a guacamole recipe that has few ingredients and is easy to make. You get a bonus pico de gallo recipe, too--a blend of just a few healthy ingredients. I love these two recipes. I hope you do, too.


Fresh Guacamole!

freshly-made guacamole
freshly-made guacamole | Source

Recipe for Guacamole

Guacamole is really very easy to make and is so much better than what is sold in grocery stores. Even in restaurants, often guacamole is messed up, in my opinion, with added ingredients like sour cream that make it into a whipped creamy glob. I prefer real, chunky guacamole any day!

Start with ripe avocados. Ripe means that the avocados are soft and squeezable. The skins are no longer green but are turning black. Avocados will ripen quickly--in just a few days--if left out on the counter. They will take longer to ripen in the refrigerator and will last longer. Only a few times have I forgotten about an avocado left in the refrigerator that was too ripe to use. When avocados are too ripe, they start turning brown and are super, super soft.


Ingredients for Guacamole

Avocados, garlic, and spices to make guacamole.
Avocados, garlic, and spices to make guacamole. | Source

Ingredients for Guacamole

  • 4 avocados, ripe
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp. or more lime juice, (or lemon; see what you prefer!)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Simple, huh?

How to Cut and Peel an Avocado

I like my old-fashioned masher.
I like my old-fashioned masher. | Source

Instructions for Guacamole

  1. Peel off guacamole skins. I've heard that there is actually some easy way to do this, but I just cut a strip (long way on the avocado), pull it back on both sides and pull it off. Then I pull at the avocado with my (clean) hands until it all comes off the seed. Throw away the pit from the middle.
  2. Mash avocados with masher. You can also use a fork. I like my guacamole a little chunky.
  3. Add in garlic, lime or lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. I have tried both lime and lemon juice, and I prefer lime juice. I think it gives a much better flavor.
  4. That's it. You're done. Serve with chips.
  5. Although I like guacamole a little chunky, sometimes I have to use a mixer to beat it a little at the end if it's just too lumpy.

Smooth or Chunky Guacamole--Your Preference

Beat the final mixture if you need to.
Beat the final mixture if you need to. | Source

Don't Let the Dog Eat the Guacamole!

Did you know that avocados are bad for dogs? They are on the no-no list of foods for canines. Don't let your dog eat the avocado or the guacamole, as much as he may want to. Give him a chip instead!

Oh--and throw away the avocado pits as soon as possible before the dog or small child picks it up and chokes on it. Seriously!


Storing Leftovers: Easy Tip for Keeping Guacamole from Turning Brown

The first tomato was so big that I ended up not using the second tomato to make my batch for two people.
The first tomato was so big that I ended up not using the second tomato to make my batch for two people. | Source

Recipe for Pico de Gallo

I have always loved pico de gallo in Mexican restaurants but never attempted to make it at home until recently. My, oh, my, is that stuff good! After looking over a bunch of recipes online, I settled on my pick of favorite ingredients and threw them together. It was delicious, I tell you. Absolutely delicious. I think it may be my new favorite dip for chips!

Pico de Gallo is easy to make and doesn't have any calories or fat to speak of! It's a healthy combination of mainly tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro.


Fresh Pico de Gallo!

Pico de gallo!
Pico de gallo! | Source

If you like these recipes, give them some stars!

5 stars from 7 ratings of Easy Guacamole & PIco de Gallo

Ingredients & Instructions for Pico de Gallo

These recipe amounts represent a ratio, as I just made a small amount of pico de gallo that would serve two people. Double the ingredients, or even triple or quadruple for crowds. I generally use one green onion to two small or medium tomatoes. You may alter the ratio, but this is what I found to work really well.

  • 2 small to medium tomatoes
  • 1 green onion
  • a handful of cilantro (seriously, get as much as you want; you won't use too much)
  • 1/2 tsp or so of lime juice
  • garlic salt to taste (or a couple of crushed garlic cloves)
  • pepper to taste (I do several twists of a pepper grinder)

Many recipes call for jalapenos, but I think the heat might take away from the delectable flavor of the mixture. Chop up tomatoes, onion, and cilantro very fine. Add the rest of the ingredients to taste.

You're finished! Grab some tortilla chips to go with your fresh guacamole and pico de gallo!

Chips with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Don't forget the chips!
Don't forget the chips! | Source

Buy your own unique dip bowls. Mine were picked up by a friend of mine on vacation in Mexico! I love them!

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Comments 84 comments

WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

Great recipes! I like when the recipes are for seasonings and dip because so many options open up once you have them: for every entre you've ever made you now have an additional option, and the same goes for snack food. Good job.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Good basic recipes that can be easily altered for those of us that like to spice it up.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I love avocados so this is a fantastic hub for me! Also I has no idea dogs should not eat avocado. Good to know since we hope to get a puppy soon. Voted up and yum. Kelley


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rmcleve 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

That looks absolutely delicious and also easy! Thanks for the great recipes!


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Victorialynn has created the essense of why I garden in this beautifully laid out hub. Additionally, both of these recipes are in season and ready to be created whether you garden or you buy produce from a market. This is a homemade verison of an entire grocery store isle.... the difference is that this will bring an awesome fresh taste to your table all summer long... I completely approve of this hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

WhydThatHappen--so true! This stuff could go with so many foods. Thanks for the input!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angelo--Yep. It would be easy to add some heat to either of these recipes!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you like this, kelley. And I'm glad you could use the dog tip. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rmcleve--You're welcome. I'm about to finish off the batch I made already! LOL


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Dave! What a nice comment. I would like to become a better gardener in order to have my own pico de gallo ingredients! so fresh! Thanks for the thoughtful comments. I'm glad you approve! :-)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

i am a big fan of avocado but using garlic in guacamole is new. will give a shot.

pico de gallo is so simple...wow!

thanks vicki. with 4th of july coming, will give it a try!

voted up and sharing it across!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great recipes. I'll be trying them. I had no idea that avocado was bad for dogs. You learn something new everyday. Up, useful, and interesting.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ruchira, I love garlic in it. I love garlic in just about anything. :-) Yeah, give them a try. Thanks!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Aw, man, now you made me crave some pico and guac. I HAD to stop by to see how you make it, and of course, it's not that different from my own family recipes. Go figure, cyber-sis. :D This looks tantalizing and I have to tell you that I'm going to have to go get more avocados tomorrow to make and eat guac while I prepare a hub for Mexican wedding cakes. :D


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK OK ya got me on this one. I'm a sucker for Mexican food...especially pico de gallo!! We had a mexican restaurant nearby for awhile (don't know why they closed!) and they made the BEST home made Mexican everything. They were directly from Mexico, so you know they did a good job! Their pico de gallo....I could eat a gallon! UP++


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Victoria Lynn: You know I don't approve of much these days... but this has been printed and added to my summer menu planner.... A first from Hubpages!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

mmm mmm thank you


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

KoffeeK--Yep, avocado is bad for dogs. Too bad. I think my dog would like it. LOL. Glad you like the recipes!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC, I'm eating the stuff right now! We both say "guac," too! Hope you get some, make it up, and think of me, cyber sis!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yay, Effer, I got ya back!!!! Mexican food is my FAVE! Authentic Mexican food is wonderful. Yummy!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Excellent recipes! I am a big, big fan of Mexican food and like you I prefer simple guacamole. I have never considered making my own, but this looks simple and wonderful. Guacomole and avacados seem to be on everything these days, even Subway subs. Excellent hub!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Oh my goodness, this looks so good. I love guacomole. Great hub, Victoria, and nice accompanying images too! Keep writing, keep cooking!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, Dave. That you really like this one means a lot. And I made it into the summer menu planner? A first? Wow! I don't really know what to say except thanks so much!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Perfect! You'd fit right in our south Texas community! I'm with you, I like my avocado/guacamole nice and simple. I prefer lime instead of lemons though. I love your traditional bowls too - so pretty and authentic. When we make pico de gallo we use, 'chile serrano'. These are the small and long green chiles. I try to keep them seeded and finely chopped. I could live off your two recipes! I really do love the stuff - yum!

Thanks for a great hub. :)


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Love it Victoria Lynn - So simple and sounds delicious!! I love Mexican food, one of my favorite cuisines, and a massive guacamole lover!

Lookin forward to trying this a.s.a.p!! Will share this and voted!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Wow! This is delicious! Voted up awesome!!!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

No problem, Mhatter!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Tammy! Yes, it's so easy to make at home. Glad you appreciate the hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, ytsenoh. I love guac, too! Glad you liked the images. That is something I've been working on. :-)


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

Yummy! Now I'm officially hungry. And I had just eaten dinner half an hour ago. Thanks a lot, Victoria, for keeping me in perpetual state of being hungry!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, missolive! I'll try the guac with lime. I love lime in the pico de gallo! Thanks for the input...and the compliments!


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shimlahillstation 4 years ago from India

That I want to eat. How we can make it again.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great recipe, the pics look so yummy. Easy to make too. Loved it.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Guacamoles, tortillas and extra jalapenos..go with our sense of humor... This was a wonderful recipe... Where are the Mariachis Hermana?


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

I LOVE Mexican food, pico de gallo especially. Those look so good and so easy to make too! Maybe I'll be brave enough to try the recipes. =)


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Great recipes. I'm with you on chunky guacamole! I love guacamole on toast for breakfast. Voted up.


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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

both the receipe are mouth watering and surely i will try both of them at home with lots of love with it.......i do love avocados....hope to see more recipe on it


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Suzie! I love any kind of Mexican food! thanks for sharing and voting!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, lovedoctor! Much appreciated!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ron, I'm glad to keep you hungry! LOL!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

shim--Have you already made this once? Then by all means, make it again! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Vellur! It is good!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mariachis, lord! JaJa! Margaritas would be a nice, touch, too!


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Time2Spare 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Great recipe. pretty much easy to make too. Expecting more easy to make dishes from you. voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

HawaiiHeart--be brave and fix them! They are so easy!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Gypsy--guac on toast! wow--that's a must try! Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, carrie! Maybe I'll come up with some more avocado recipes!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Time2spare, I'll see if I can come up with more!


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emilybee 4 years ago

We make guacamole sometimes and now suddenly I'm on an avocado kick-I've been craving them lately! But I've never made Pico de Gallo. Great instructions and pictures!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Funny, emilybee, I was just reading your chili recipe! What a coincidence. You will love pico de gallo if you try it. Thanks for the compliment! Yum--guac and pico de gallo would go well with chili and crackers, too. Maybe we could combine our recipes!


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emilybee 4 years ago

Oh yum!! Yes Mexican food is the best. Good idea!! I will make guac and pico de gallo next time I make chill! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

LOL! And I'll make chili the next time I make guac and pico! :-) We could throw in some corn chips instead of crackers!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Homemade pico de gallo and guacamole are THE BEST! One you get used to the real thing, you can never go back. Thanks for sharing your great recipes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad to share, random! I know--homemade is the best! Easy to make, too, so no reason not to. Doesn't take long!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Love guacamole! Your warning on throwing out the pit is great advice for everyone. I have my own special way of taking the peel off the avocado but it is something that takes practice. Great recipes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches--Yeah, I get rid of the pit right away. I'm always paranoid about my dog getting it in his mouth and choking. I have heard there is a special way to take off the avocado peel; maybe I'll try it one day! Thanks!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Yum! I'm always on the look out for good guacamole and pico de gallo and yours look great! My favorite guacamole recipe is from the back of a jar of Frontera Grill brand tomatillo salsa - 3 avocados, 1 cup tomatillo salsa, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, and salt. So easy and always a crowd favorite.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Deb--that recipe sounds great, too. That cup of tomatillo salsa probably gives the guacamole some extra tang to it. Sounds good! Thanks for checking out my recipes!


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Two things that I have never tried making - and they both look good. I will seriously consider these next time I have a buffet party.

Meanwhile, I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Zpatricias--Glad you like! I love these two recipes!


ElleBee 4 years ago

Yum, yum! I love pico and gucamole.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Me, too, ElleBee! Love 'em!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Vicki,

Thanks for publishing these great recipes. I'm going to have to try them.

Happy December 3rd Birthday!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

I have to buy avocados wholesale. I will use this technique to help with storage and preservation.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Absolutely with ya on the guacamole. I like the simple style because it is the avocado I really want to taste.

I had no idea avocado was dangerous to dogs....it was always my lust for guacamole that prevented them getting any!

I never stop making pico...because I'm always eating it...I'm forever slicing and dicing to add to the big batch already made.

I do like mine much hotter than you though...I put a Habanero pepper in the last one...you have to be careful with those!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I love both of these! Thank you!


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

Two great and simple recipes. I love tex-mex or mexican food as well. And I agree, homemade guacamole is much better.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Daisy, for reading my recipes and for the birthday wishes! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rasta--Wholesale avocados? That doesn't sound like a bad deal!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wesman--I'm glad you were selfish with your dog--LOL!

Seriously about the pico? I need to do that b/c I love it and could put it on everything! Then my fresh cilantro wouldn't ever go bad! I don't know if I can do the Habanero pepper, though. Thanks for the comments!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Keeping cilantro fresh is a real problem!

Sometimes I chop it and freeze it...but of course fresh is best.

One time I bought some stuff called "Cilantro Solutions," and it was ...a tube of it...like a paste...and recently, I bought some spice shakers of dried cilantro flakes.

That stuff is seriously wonderful insofar as detoxing the crap out of your system goes.....but it just doesn't keep so well.

I think lots of lime juice helps guacamole to keep, and cilantro too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I do, too, Audrey! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, SkeetyD!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wesman--I wondered about freezing it. I'll try that. Is the paste good? I've tried the flakes, but they don't seem to retain that great flavor for too long.

Detox, huh? I'll have to look into that more!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Chopped and frozen is the next best thing to fresh. You don't lose much flavor that way.

Cilantro is known to have a terrific effect in regards to detoxing the body of toxic metals.

For instance...you somehow or another ingested a bit of mercury...cilantro flushes it out of your system.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's awesome, Wesman! Thanks for the tips. :-) I should always have some frozen cilantro on hand, as much as i love it--just for backup!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Nicely-written, Victoria. I started to say old friend, but my better sense stopped me for you are a young woman and not old. You are a long-time friend. Great hubbing.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

How did these two great recipes get past me ..... YUM!!!! Sometimes Ill add a bit of chopped onions to my guacamole. I tend to use dried cilantro but I know fresh is much better. Pinning and sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kenneth--Thanks for saying I'm young! :-) Good to see you, my friend. I hope you are doing well!


Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

Hi, Victoria,

You are very welcome. You ARE young. That is why I am not at ease saying you are an "old" friend. And it was great to see you too. Keep in touch with me.

I still appreciate you following me. God bless you richly.

Kenneth


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're sweet, Kenneth. And I can use the blessings, that's for sure. I don't get around to your hubs as often as I would like, but you'll see me now and then. We will definitely keep in touch!


Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

Thank you, dear Victoria. You have definitely made my night. YOU are a tremendous blessing to me. You just remember that.

That goes for me too, not getting around to your hubs as much as I would like to, but I will do my best depending on my health which is up and down, mostly-down, right now, but that does not mean that I do not appreciate your friendship and following, Victoria.

You and I go back three years ago when I joined HP. Seems like HP is changing all of the time, but I can testify to the fact that YOU are a constant in my life and I like that.

I will holler at you now and then, but in the meantime, you keep turning out great hubs such as this one.

Have a peaceful night.

Kenneth


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Susan--I love these recipes! And I have started putting finely chopped onions in my guacamole at times. A friend of mine uses red onions, so I tried that, and they are wonderful in it!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, Kenneth, you made my night, too. Thanks for your beautiful words and your ongoing friendship. I hope your health gets better. I will see you around the Hub! :-)

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