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My Favorite Guacamole

 Does anything say game day more than chips and dip? Maybe like…wings, but for the purposes of this blog, let’s go with “no.” You simply can’t have game day without chips and dip! I mean, when it comes down to it, everybody’s mostly there for the food, am I right?!

I mentioned yesterday that football isn’t my thing, but that won’t discourage me from accepting an invitation for a Super Bowl party. Ohhhh no. I’ve got a strategy.

I’ll come over and make nice during the pre-game show, and then while everyone else is yelling at the TV about first downs and safeties, I’ll be in the back demolishing the guacamole I brought for “everyone.” And by “everyone,” I mean “you may all have two bites and the rest is for me, okay?” 

You see, I make ridiculous guacamole. There’s nothing fancy about it–it’s just some vegetables mashed together–but everywhere I take it, it becomes a hit. My friend, David, insists that I make the best guacamole in the world. I don’t know about the world, but how about the best in the four block span between our apartments?

Maybe just my block?

Just my building? Yeah, that sounds reasonable. Let’s go with that.

So, what makes this recipe such a crowd pleaser? It’s all made to taste. Since vegetables are seasonal, and this entire recipe relies on fresh vegetables, the stellar recipe I made in April can taste very blah come October. So taste, taste, taste. 

Start with ripe avocados. They should have a little give when you press the skin lightly with your fingers. If they are super squishy, back away–the insides are probably black and watery. Gross. So grab three ripe avocados. Pit them and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Then dice half a small onion and add that too. You may use red or white here, but red tends to have a stronger flavor. If raw onion isn’t your favorite thing, go for the white variety. Me though? I like raw onion on everything.

Next, dice up a couple of fresh jalapeños. If you are sensitive to heat, remove the seeds and ribs with a spoon. Then, dice it up. Regardless of how spicy you like your guacamole, it’s a good idea to taste a tiny piece of the jalapeño before adding it to the bowl. If it’s crazy-burn-your-tongue-off hot, maybe only add one full pepper. If it’s mild, go ahead and add two. The batch pictured has two whole large jalapeños, one with seeds and ribs, one without. Oh, and a quick reminder to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling hot peppers. And for the love of everything, don’t touch your face! I made that mistake in 2011, and it took an hour to stop burning 😁

Don’t be like me. 

 Anyway, mince up some garlic and add it to the bowl. I like two whole cloves, but if you’re sensitive to raw garlic, only add one. Squeeze in the juice of a lime and sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Then, grab a potato masher or a fork and mash the living daylights out of everything until it’s to your desired consistency. Fold in some chopped cilantro and taste and adjust. Need more heat? Add more jalapeño! Need more lime? Squeeze another one! Not salty enough? I usually end up adding an additional 1/4 teaspoon, keeping in mind that the chips are salty too. Then put it in a cute bowl and serve it with tortilla chips. 

I know many people like their guacamole with diced tomatoes. I do too, but the February tomatoes I saw at the market yesterday were just too sad to use. If you find some that look good, by all means, use them! I recommend using two or three medium tomatoes that have been seeded. Just dice them the same size as the onion and jalapeños.

So, this weekend, make this guacamole and bring it to your Super Bowl party. It may not be the best in the whole world, but it’ll be the best at your get-together 😊 

Need more game day food? Check out my Artichoke Dip, Restaurant-Style Salsa, and Double Chocolate Fritos Cookies!

Classic Guacamole
makes about four cups

3 large ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 small red or white onion, diced small
1-2 jalapeños, diced small (ribs and seeds removed, optional)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, plus more to taste.
1/4-1/3 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
tortilla chips, for serving

In a large bowl, combine avocados, diced onion and jalapeño, minced garlic, lime juice, and salt. Use a potato masher or fork to thoroughly mash all ingredients together. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to fold in cilantro. Transfer guacamole to a serving bowl, and serve immediately with tortilla chips. 

Double Chocolate Fritos Cookies

 I love being from Texas. I do. I love barbecue and big skies and Willie Nelson and Texas Rangers baseball. I would wear cowboy boots every single day if they weren’t so quickly destroyed by the streets of New York. May my busted Noconas rest peacefully in the back of the closet.

But the one thing that I’m really supposed to love almost as much as God and family? The one thing that Texans love so much that there’s an Emmy-winning TV series about it? Football? I can’t stand it. Total snoozefest for me. My parents and sister-in-law live for it, but I just can’t get into it. As such, I have no clue who is playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday, except that it’s not Tom Brady. Sorry, Boston friends 😭

But for everything I don’t understand about football, the one thing I love is the food. Platter after platter of salty, starchy, cheesy everything? Now that’s my kind of Sunday evening. But for all the wings and pizza and artichoke dip, I often find a distinct lack of dessert. Not that dessert is necessary after all that heavy food, but come on. The Super Bowl is supposed to be a celebration, right?! And celebrations demand dessert! Or at least they do in my kitchen. 

Enter these Double Chocolate Fritos Cookies. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. These cookies contain both chocolate and Fritos. If you’ve never tried chasing Fritos with chocolate chips, you are missing out. The salty, crunchy corn chips with sweet, melty chocolate are to. die. for. These cookies have a soft chocolate cookie base that has the taste and texture of fudgy brownies–make sure to try one warm from the oven! The cookie itself and the super melty chocolate chips…just do it. And the Fritos! They soften just slightly from the moisture in the cookie dough, but they retain a lot of crunch. They add so much chewy texture to these cookies! Their signature saltiness is somewhat masked by all the chocolate, but that’s easily remedied with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Yum.

This recipe is super simple to put together, and it makes a lot of cookies (four dozen). If that seems like too many for your get together, let me say this: they will get eaten. Trust me. After the smorgasbord of cheese that is game day food, these sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy chocolate cookies will be a welcome end to the party. No matter who gets the trophy on Sunday, these Double Chocolate Fritos Cookies will definitely be winners 😊 

 Double Chocolate Fritos Cookies
makes about four dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder*
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar*, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups lightly crushed Fritos
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
coarse sea salt, for sprinkling*

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat softened butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in granulated sugar and dark brown sugar. Beat in eggs followed by vanilla. Add dry ingredients in three installments, mixing after each addition. Fold in Fritos and semisweet chocolate chips. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for 90 minutes or up to three days.

Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Scoop dough by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Place dough balls at least two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake 8-9 minutes, or until the cookies look just slightly underdone. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for five minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Cookies will keep covered at room temperature for up to a week.


1. Do not use Dutch process cocoa powder.
2. Light brown sugar may be substituted.
3. I use Trader Joe’s Pyramid Salt.