James’s Real Guacamole

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Real Chocolate: Over 50 Inspiring Recipes for Chocolate Indulgence

Real Chocolate

By Chantal Coady

Published 2003

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My husband James travelled in Mexico as a student and declares no one knows how to make ‘real’ guacamole. In this, garlic, cream cheese, sour cream and other spurious ingredients are banned. It is actually very easy and delicious. Possibly a little chopped fresh coriander would be permissible. There’s no chocolate in this recipe! It is, however, the perfect foil to the beans, and a great addition to any of the other chocolate mezze.


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, blanched in boiling water and skinned
  • ½ red onion, very finely chopped
  • really good pinch of sea salt
  • ½ small red fresh chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, or ground chilli to taste


Scoop the flesh out of the avocados, keeping the stones, and put into a bowl. Cover with lemon or lime juice and mash lightly with a fork – it doesn’t need to be a smooth purée.

Skin the tomatoes, squeeze out and discard the seeds and juice. Remove any hard or pithy bits of flesh and chop finely. Mix this, the onion, salt and chilli into the avocado. If you don’t want to eat this immediately, put the stones back into the guacamole and chill in the fridge. This stops the mixture from going brown. Remove and stir before serving.

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