How 11 celebrity chefs make guacamole

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Bobby Flay’s recipe for guacamole recommends thinly sliced red onions and chunky avocado.
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While many guacamole recipes call for chopped or diced red onion, Bobby Flay prefers to thinly slice red onion for his recipe. In addition to cilantro, lime juice, and one chopped jalapeño, Flay uses two whole avocados, which he says he prefers “chunky,” rather than pureed or mashed.

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Aarón Sánchez adds chapulines and queso fresco to his guacamole.
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To make the “MasterChef” judge’s recipe, you’ll need four avocados, white onion, Roma tomatoes, and the juice of three limes.

Sánchez also kicks his guac up a notch by adding a Serrano chile, queso fresco or queso Cotija, sliced radish, and an optional spoonful of dried chapulines, which are toasted, fried grasshoppers. He toasts his with chili powder, lime juice, and salt.

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Ina Garten uses hot sauce, garlic, and a whole tomato in her guacamole.
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Spice-intolerant folks might want to be wary of Ina Garten’s recipe for guacamole. The celebrity chef uses hot sauce to give her guacamole a kick, in addition to garlic and all the regular fixings. Garten also recommends using a knife to roughly chop the guacamole right in the bowl, rather than a fork or masher.

The chef also prefers not to include cilantro, a staple in many guacamole recipes, as the chef has said she “never goes near it.” She also swaps lemon juice for the usual lime juice to keep the guacamole from browning. 

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Gordon Ramsay skips cilantro and red onion and opts for shallot, green chili, and tomato.
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Gordon Ramsay elevates his guacamole by using shallot instead of the standard red onion and green chilies for a bit of a kick. Other than those ingredients, his recipe is relatively straightforward. The chef uses two ripe avocados, a plum tomato, and lime juice to finish it off.

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Martha Stewart adds garlic to her otherwise simple guacamole recipe.
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Martha Stewart‘s recipe for guacamole is likely pretty similar to the one you already know. She calls for four avocados, lime juice, a minced jalapeño, finely chopped red onion, and cilantro, all seasoned with salt and pepper. She also recommends adding in one clove’s worth of minced garlic for added flavor.

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To make Ree Drummond’s spicy guacamole, you’ll need a finely chopped adobo pepper and jalapeños.
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To make a Pioneer Woman-approved bowl of guacamole, you’ll add garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, lime juice, a chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, and white onion. Drummond also recommends stirring in cilantro as the last step and then topping with more leaves just before serving.

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Joanna Gaines’ guacamole recipe calls for four avocados and jalapeños.
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Joanna Gaines’ recipe for guacamole is featured in her first cookbook, “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering.” The recipe calls for four pitted avocados, a medium vine ripe tomato, diced red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. She also seasons her guacamole with salt and pepper. 

Gaines recommends serving the guacamole immediately or storing it for no longer than six hours, covered, in the fridge.

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Chrissy Teigen adds cheese to her guacamole.
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Chrissy Teigen’s unique recipe for guacamole, which she calls her cheesy guacamole, claims that “cheddar is better.” In addition to coarsely grated cheddar cheese, the model-turned-celebrity cook’s recipe calls for cayenne pepper, cumin, and jalapeño to give it a kick.

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Jamie Oliver uses cherry tomatoes and red chilies to give his guacamole a kick.
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In addition to a few spicy ingredients, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver uses red onion, a bunch of fresh coriander, or cilantro, and lime juice. He also adds a teaspoon of olive oil to cream things up.

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Alton Brown recommends letting the guacamole marinate for two hours before serving.
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While some chefs recommend serving their guacamole immediately, “Iron Chef” host Alton Brown recommends covering the dish in plastic wrap and letting it sit at room temperature for two hours before serving. He also prefers his avocados mostly mashed, but with some larger chunks for texture.

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Guy Fieri adds chorizo to his guacamole.
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The recipe only takes a half-hour to make and includes spicy sausage, chicharrónes, jalapeño peppers, white onion, and more. Interestingly, the recipe also suggests broiling the poblano, onion, and lime on a foil-lined baking sheet, a unique step that no other celebrity chef guacamole recipes require.

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