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A healthy (and super easy) guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Craving Mexican, but don't want to derail your diet and fitness goals? Here's how to prepare a guilt-free guac.
Image: A woman adds diced tomatoes and onions over a bowl of guacamole
Fresh tomato, onion and cilantro pack a flavorful punch that allows you to cut way back on salt when preparing guacamole.Juanmonino / Getty Images

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, which means many of us are putting a cheat day on the calendar and whipping up our own social distancing-appropriate feast at home.

But while it's true that certain American favorites — like queso or frozen margaritas — will rack up your sugar, fat and calorie count, not all Mexican fare needs make a dent in your healthy diet.

Case in point: This guacamole recipe from Joe Quintana, corporate chef at Rosa Mexicano. The dish is made from all-natural, fresh ingredients and packs a dose of healthy fats.

To make it even healthier, skip the bagged chips and serve this guac with baked tortilla chips and veggie dippers.

Guacamole en Molcajete


  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomato
  • ½ teaspoon salt


In a bowl, using the back of a wooden spoon, mash the following ingredients into a juicy paste: chopped onions, chopped jalapeño, chopped cilantro, salt.

Split the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the seed. Slice the avocado lengthwise in approximately ⅛” strips, then across forming a grid. Scoop the avocado out of the skin with a spoon. Add the avocado to the paste, mix, then add the rest of the ingredients and fold. Add jalapeño and salt to taste.

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