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How to Make Guacamole 03:27

Sarkis Vartanian

This recipe highlights the flavor of a California avocado.

How to Make Guacamole 03:27

Sarkis Vartanian

This recipe highlights the flavor of a California avocado.

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The Steps

  1. 1. To prepare the avocado: Slice the avocado open by inserting the knife until it reaches the pit, then turning the avocado against the blade until completely cut around. Twist open the avocado. Remove the pit by carefully jabbing the knife into it and giving it a small twist. It should come out easily; discard. Take a large spoon and scoop out the avocado meat from both halves, place into a medium bowl. 00:26

  2. 2. Zest the lemon with a microplane until you have about 1 teaspoon of zest, add it to the bowl. Slice the lemon in half widthwise and squeeze the juice from both halves into the bowl, careful to catch any seeds. 00:52

  3. 3. Mince the clove of garlic, adding a bit of salt to make a fine paste if desired, and add to the mixture. Add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of black pepper. 01:22

  4. 4. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients and chop up the avocado, careful not to mash the avocado too much. 02:09

  5. 5. Spoon the avocado mixture onto a plate. Top with salt, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, the diced tomato, and a sprinkle of black pepper. 02:40

What You'll Need


- Medium mixing bowl 
- Chef's knife or cleaver
- Large spoon
- Microplane or citrus zester
- Cutting board 
- Spoon
- Serving plate or bowl 


- Avocado (1)
- Lemon (1)
- Fresh garlic clove (1)
- Olive oil (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon, divided)
- Heirloom tomato, diced (1/8 cup)
- Salt and black pepper to taste

Chef Notes

Guacamole is a popular Mexican dip or condiment made primarily of avocados. It might include ingredients such as lemon or lime juice, tomato, garlic, red onion, and jalapeño pepper. Guacamole can also be used as a topping for eggs, burgers, and sandwiches.

Chef Sarkis uses a clove of fresh new garlic which is different from the fresh dried garlic most often purchased in the grocery store. Though the flavor will be somewhat different, feel free to substitute one clove of regular garlic in the guacamole.


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With a philosophy of making “honest food," chef/owner Sarkis Vartanian has attracted a loyal following at his Daily Dose... read more