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Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

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Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers: Dorie Greenspan’s version of guacamole that can be made smooth or chunky or somewhere in between!

Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers - Dorie Greenspan's recipe

Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

My first exposure to guacamole was on one of our annual summer vacations to Aspen as a child. With 4 hungry girls in tow, my mom cooked most of our meals at the condo or around a campfire. But on occasion, our folks would treat us to Chinese at Lum’s or Mexican at one of the mountain ski resort’s cantinas.

Not exposed to much guacamole back home in Iowa, it was an instant hit served with lightly salted restaurant style tortilla chips. Even though the picky hubby gives his chips only a cursory dip when guacamole is served, I was thrilled to make Dorie’s chunky Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers and shared it with my girlfriends.

Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers - Dorie Greenspan's recipe

Smooth or Chunky Guacamole

Dorie provided two options, smooth or chunky. I opted for the chunky, so I diced the avocado instead of mashing it. The grape tomatoes were to be quartered, but I think a wee bit smaller would be ideal for better scoopability. After taking these photos, I did a bit more chopping to ease the serving and dipping process.

I found this recipe slightly too limey for my palate, but my friends had nary a complaint. When I found Ms. Greenspan’s recipe in Parade Magazine (link below), I noticed the lime juice and zest was half the amount as in her cookbook, Around My French Table. So I’d suggest starting with the smaller amount, tasting, then bumping up the citrus if that’s your preference.

Here’s a link to the recipe for Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers in Parade Magazine. Just add 12 quartered grape tomatoes and double the zest and lime juice if you’d like. To see what the other “Doristas” thought of this recipe, check out the French Fridays website.


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48 comments on “Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers”

  1. I love yours with the diced avocados – what a great idea! I’ll try it next time – because there will be a next time 🙂

  2. I love guac and haven’t had it in a long time-sounds good for the holiday weekend:@)

  3. 1. I LURVE guacamole – smooth or chunky, i don’t discriminate!
    2. I also LURVE your skinny tips! Love this soup tip 🙂 Pinned!

  4. Smooth.. 🙂 I think.. as I don’t think I actually ever had it 🙂

  5. We love avocado in various forms, more chunky than smooth. My daughters are usually serving avocado salad on toast in the morning. So glad about that. I have to try with citrus flavor too, I am curious if they would love it that way too.

  6. Aww Lizzy I love guacamole but sometimes when Im tired only mashed the avocados:)
    But I know guacamole is the best. Love this recipe!

  7. smooth or chunky, I will eat a boatload of guac any day!! love this, looks so good!

  8. Great minds, my friend! I have a guacamole coming up on Monday! I really love your chunky version, I can only imagine how lovely it is to bite into those gorgeous cubes of avocado!

  9. Lovely & Chunky!
    Am I a Guacamole Fan?
    I’ve been buying 3-4 every time I get groceries.
    I am HOOKED.
    Such silky, smooth texture.
    Heavenly. xxxx have a good weekend, Liz.

  10. This looks amazing Liz! Pinning this for sure!

  11. I do like your chunky version. My very ripe avo was having none of it and I had to make the smooth version. I did like it very much, lime and all.

  12. Scoopability is most important when making a dip but that chunkiness would suit me fine.

  13. Yummy, truly yummy! We will soon have a glut of avos downunder… mmmmmmm.

  14. My daughter would love your chunky version!
    Of course, guac is good in any shape or form.

  15. What a great memory of guacamole. I love your chunky version and yes, less lime.

  16. I am a huge Guacamole Fan, I have always had it smooth but I reckon I would like the chunky just as much, pretty much anything with avocado gets my vote.

  17. Lizzy,
    We never went to restaurants as kids. Italian families always believed that restaurant food was bad. The first time I had Mexican I was 18 and it was terrible. I love guacamole now though. Yours looks delicious.

  18. Yum! Your presentations are always so well thought out. I remember your blog from way back when and your presentations and photos have just become better and better!

  19. I am a fan of guacamole…ok, anything with avocado! This looks simply delightful!
    Have a nice weekend!

  20. Well, Lum’s is gone but The Cantina is front and center on Main Street across from the Hotel Jerome. They still serve a mighty tasty guacamole. I can’t ever remember having guac when I was growing up in Iowa. I also don’t remember my mom ever making anything with avocadoes. I liked Dorie’s recipe also. Agree with you about the lime. Her recipe is a simple preparation, isn’t it. I made it in the mortar and used no other dishes.

  21. I am always happy to see either one. Love chunky and smooth. Looks so delicious!

  22. I can’t get enough of guacamole…yours looks chunky and delicious!

    ela h.

  23. I am a guac fanatic! Loving the healthy tips, Liz.

  24. I’ve never cared for guacamole…and it’s so fattening, that’s probably a good thing! But I’ve learned that when I eat avocados or bananas, I feel nauseous. I’m not sure why. There’s something in them that my system doesn’t like…even if I accidentally get a little avocado in my salad, I feel sick.

  25. Love this chunky guacamole! Looks soooo good!

  26. I am a big fan of guacamole. I have always made the smooth version, but your chunky one looks delicious.

  27. Out here (in the wild west), we’d call that avocado salsa – but in any combination, these are winning flavors together. It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t enjoy freshly made guacamole – so nice that you were able to make this for your girlfriends!!

  28. Yummy!! I could never resist a good and chunky guac 😀

  29. I love having healthy snack options like this. LOVE!

  30. Your girlfriends are so blessed, Liz! But I am sure they know that. What wonderful guacamole!

  31. This was a bit limey for my taste too (I only used half the juice), but this was otherwise delicious. I am glad you could share this with some friends who enjoyed it!

  32. I love a chunky guac, of course I love everything with avocado. It’s one of the things (along with pizza) that I never grow tired of. I know your friends are always happy they invite you to the party!

  33. I’m equal opportunity when it comes to guacamole- chunky or smooth are equally welcome to my table. I never had an avocado growing up. They were a wonderful discovery when I started cooking on my own though. Yours is beautiful! 🙂

  34. Chunky guacamole gets my vote, too, Liz. How wonderful that you got to spend summers in exquisite Aspen =)

  35. Interesting that the recipe has changed. But I have to say that limes are so fickle that it’s difficult to say how many will be enough for any given recipe. Mine was particularly juice any so I only used half of it, but I’ve also brough them home before to find that I can barely squeeze out a drop of juice, so I guess it all depends.

  36. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it… I drooled a little when I saw that first photos with the jalapeno. 🙂 I never thought to add bell pepper to a guac… now I must give it a try. 🙂

  37. Mmmm love guac!!! Your’s looks yummy!

  38. My guests were skeptical of the addition of tomatoes and bell pepper to the guacamole but they loved it. Hope you had a great trip.

  39. Lovely chunky version, Liz! I could eat either…I did enjoy my smashed version…it was quite good! I will be making it for the Fourth! Happy weekend!

  40. I’ll make mine chunky from now on, this looks great!

  41. Oh I know I could eat my weight in this guac, love the chunky texture!

  42. Guacamole is my fave! I eat it for dinner all the time. I like mine slightly chunky and I always add lots of minced garlic. Now I’m craving it. Guacamole night tomorrow!

  43. Looks like I need to make another serving of this, chunkier version than my first! Yours look AWESOME and love those tortila chips!

  44. Liz, what a nice way to present the guacamole – it looks wonderful chunky like this and the wonderful array of crackers makes it look extra special!

  45. I know you said you chopped the guac into smaller pieces after the photo shoot, but I do love the look of the big pieces. I went with the smooth option to see what it was like. We did like it…

  46. havent met a guacamole I didnt like! I can’t remember where I had my first guacamole – but I sure have always loved it with some sour cream on the side!

  47. I’ve never had a recipe for guacamole. I have just always made it. You just can’t make it without tasting it along the way and adjusting as you go. I like a limey guac but it is easy enough to avoid. This is very pretty… I prefer smooth-ish but chunky like this makes a great side too. Now I want more.

  48. Your “chopped” guacamole photographed beautifully!

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