My Favorite Guacamole Print Recipe Print Recipe


My husband is turning 30 today. THIRTY. 3 – 0.

What’s even crazier is that we first started dating 15 years ago. I felt so cool that I was dating an older guy. Older by a good 9 months.

Since he would have tried to work through his birthday weekend I decided to call up his best guy friends. They were all willing to make a trip back to Seattle (one coming all the way from NYC, the other SF). I wasn’t intending for it to be a surprise since that would stress him out. Instead, I stressed him out in advance and told him ahead of time. I’m such a thoughtful wife.

Honestly, we don’t celebrate him enough and I wasn’t about to let this one pass us by.



We’re heading to Orcas Island for a quick 24 hours (mace too!). My parents are doing a dinner for him at their beach home. Ribs and corn. That’s all he wanted. No one’s complaining. On Friday we’ll be back in Seattle, where his parents and guy friends will be. I think the plan is to barbecue and keep it simple. My husband = SIMPLE. Yeah yeah, I have a few surprises, but nothing that’ll throw him into a tizzy. I could actually tell you now, but JUST IN CASE he reads this (ha), I’ll wait and share it with you next week.

Anyways, for Friday, we’re grilling up these ridiculously amazing bacon burgers from our local meat shop and if I can convince my mother-in-law to make her son’s favorite potato salad, that will also be on the menu too. My job, guacamole. BEST. JOB. EVER. Especially since it’ll be this guacamole.



Pause on the birthday for a second, we need to talk about guacamole.

I’ve become a bit of a guacamole snob. It’s bad.

We’ve tried out 3 different mexican restaurants in the past few months and was so disappointed in the guacamole. Thankfully they won in the margarita department.

My urge find a good guacamole lead me to this. Always a positive. Always. I was inspired by our guacamole contest (hosted by the one and only, Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking) at The Big Traveling Potluck last month. The winning team killed it. Not completely sure what all they put into it, so I went off of taste. I knew there was some good spice, creaminess (guessing from the goat cheese) and crunch from the pepitas.

This is hands down my favorite party food. Can’t go wrong with chips and guacamole. Or anything and guacamole.

That would be pretty awkward if I brought my own guacamole into a restaurant, huh? It’s like the time I brought my own coffee cream with me to Starbucks. Okay, so maybe I’m proving to be more of a snob. I’ll stop there.

Happy 30th Birthday, Ben!!



Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Jalapeno and Pepitas

PRINT Recipe

makes about 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion (about quarter of a small onion), finely chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas, toasted


Take each avocado, remove the pit and peel back the skin. Place the meat of the avocado onto the cutting board and cut into large chunks. Add the avocado chunks into a large mixing bowl. Add, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, and goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Carefully mix all the ingredients together. Taste and season accordingly.

note: for less spicy, remove and discard the seeds from the jalapeno. To make it spicy, keep the seeds.

If you can, let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour the better. This allows all the flavors to combine nicely.

Serve and enjoy!





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  • Kelli Ryder

    YAY, Ben!! And I’m about to go tell Tim to prepare for the best meal ever on Friday- jealous!! Hope you guys have a wonderful celebration. 🙂

  • Liz DellaCroce

    I want to dive into this!! Happy Birthday to the hubs!

  • Quinn Cooper

    Love that you added nuts! Great idea.

    Quinn Cooper Style

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Happy Birthday to your man! This dip looks fab!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I want some chips and a big bowl of this!! YUM

    Hope you guys have fun and happy birthday to Ben!

  • steph

    Happy Birthday! Loving these add ins!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Pepitas in guac = yes yesyeyseysyesyeysyesy.

  • azestybite

    Happy 30th birthday to the hubs! I would be happy with ribs and corn too on my birthday!

  • Katie

    Going on my Memorial Day menu. Enjoy all those festivities and all the delicious eats!

  • Short and Sweet Blog

    Oh yay! Happy Birthday to him! That guac looks amazing!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day

    Love, love, love this! Happy birthday to your hubby. Hope you have a great night!

  • Brian Samuels

    Gah (whoops… I totally typed Gay)! Happy Birthday Ben! Sorry for the delay in commenting… I saw this earlier in the week and was like, “Damn… that’s the best looking guacamole!” Thankfully, it’s a party weekend and I think I’m going to have to make this when we have our Memorial Day BBQ on the Cape.

  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme

    What an unusual guacamole! Definitely a must-try.

  • Amanda Formaro

    Sounds marvelous! I adore guacamole, one of my favorite dips!

  • Colette

    You put chevre in there?
    Good call. Good call.

  • Cheryl Sousan

    i can never get enough guacamole!

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  • Kasey

    Yay for the big 3-0! I hope you guys had a wonderful celebration 🙂

  • Natalie

    Happy Birthday to the hubs! Sounds like a pretty great weekend.
    Guac is a favorite in this house and I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!
    Natalie @DRB