Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues

With a title like Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues, I wish I could start this post with a wonderful story.  A tale of snacking in the deep south, notes of a blues band drifting in from the shadows. Moody bar, soulful tunes and a smooth-spicy dip.guacamole-from-aboveInstead it was guacamole before the swim meet accompanied by Red Hot Blues chips provided by Garden of Eatin’ .   Life is good… guacamole-chipsGuacamole with chips has long been a favorite snack in our household. The classic mix of avocado, tomato and spices is perfect for celebrations, football games, topping hamburgers or even a mini-meal to tide you over until dinner.  Yesterday was the swim teams parents night and there would be snacks and pizza after the meet.  So we just wanted to eat enough to not pass out during the 500. guac-ingredientsIt was many years ago when I started making guacamole–actually out of necessity.  The buying club that I’ve been part of for ages always included avocados in the boxes.  I sliced them for salads and sandwiches but never used them up.  Guacamole was the solution.  But I never posted the recipe for one simple reason–I didn’t have one.  We added dashes of this and that, then tasted and adjusted.  This recipe is mild, but if you crave some extra heat (unlike young kids and wimpy husbands),  just add more cayenne or a diced jalapeño pepper. guacamole-with-chipsDespite a high calorie content, avocados are quite good for you according to the NYU Langone Medical Center.  Their fat is the “good” monounsaturated fat and they are high in fiber.  Add a good vitamin and mineral content (more potassium than a banana!), lutein and Beta-sitosterol and you have a healthy package (in moderation, of course).guacamole-closeupThe motivation to finally post my recipe came with the Garden of Eatin chips in celebration of Guacamole Day (in September).  The company is the largest producer of natural and organic chips and these chips were gluten free, non-GMO and made with organic blue corn. 

From the Garden of Eatin' website

From the Garden of Eatin’ website

I had expected some nice salted chips, but the Red Hot Blues were dusted with paprika and other spices, making them especially addictive tasty.  I was pleased to learn that the company has more flavors of chips than a potato chip company (e.g. Tamari, Key Lime Jalepeno), so I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying some more.  Guacamole-limesYup, it’s time to measure guacamole ingredients!

Serves 8
A classic mix of avocado, tomato and spices, guacamole is perfect for celebrations, topping hamburgers or even a mini-meal to tide you over until dinner.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
168 calories
10 g
0 g
15 g
2 g
2 g
127 g
156 g
1 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168
Calories from Fat 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 156mg
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 ripe avocados
  2. 1/2 small onion, thinly diced (2 tablespoons)
  3. 1 large garlic clove, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 t Cumin
  6. Juice from 1/2 lime
  7. 1/4 c chopped cilantro
  8. Dash Cayenne or to taste
  9. 1 medium tomato, diced
  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh. Discard shells & pits. Mash avocado with a fork until still partly chunky.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except tomatoes and mix well. Fold in the tomatoes. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.
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21 thoughts on “Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues

  1. Louise

    Hi Inger:)
    I’ve been on an avocado kick for months now. As you say, they are full of goodness and quite heart healthy even though they are high in calories. Guacamole is a favorite of mine too but for some reason I have never recorded a recipe, lol…I guess its just one of those things you kinda “throw” together:) I will definitely be looking into those chips. A girl needs chips every now and again, lol…

    Thanks for sharing, Inger…I hope the meet went well:)

    1. Inger Post author

      The swim meet went well, Louise–thanks. Almost all done for the season already, time goes so fast. I just bought some avocado oil to stir fry with. I am trying to use better oils for different circumstances. It’s quite a study.

  2. Kathy

    My grocery store carries Garden of Eatin chips. They are quite good…but your guacamole looks and sounds luscious!!

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Kathy. I can’t believe I never ate it before adulthood (although my sister says her kids wouldn’t touch it so…)

  3. Beth

    I have a few recipes like that, too, where I’m never exactly sure what measurements I use. Sounds like you’ve found a great chip to accompany your homemade guacamole!

    1. Inger Post author

      It took me so long to decide to measure the ingredients–now I know why our grandmothers didn’t write down a lot of what they made!

  4. Karis

    I love Garden of Eatin’ chips. I used to buy them at Woodman’s all the time, but haven’t looked for them here yet. This is a good reminder for me to seek them out.

    1. Inger Post author

      That’s a good tip on where to buy the chips. I’ll check them out. Just found out they have a great price on organic coffee!

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