El Torito Guacamole Recipe

This guacamole dip recipe is a combination of fresh ingredients that has been made famous by the El Torito Grill restaurant in San Diego, California, and other locations. Guacamole is commonly served with Spanish or Mexican main dishes and is excellent as either a main dish component or a dip for appetizers like tortilla chips or vegetables. It is very simple to make guacamole, and only a few ingredients are needed to really make the recipe come to life. Any small change in the ingredient list can totally change the flavor and texture of the guacamole to fit what it is being served on or with. This recipe for El Torito guacamole serves approximately six people.

El Torito Guacamole Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small chili pepper, halved and diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo (recipe below)

Pico De Gallo

  • 1/2 medium tomato, diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice

El Torito guacamole recipe


1) Prepare pico de gallo by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate at least 1/2 hour before using.

2) Cut both avocados in half and remove the pit in the center.

3) Using a spoon, carefully scoop out the meat of the avocado, leaving only the skin behind. Put the avocado into a medium sized bowl.

4) Squeeze the lime half into the avocado.

5) Add salt and pepper. Taste chili pepper to test hotness before adding to mixture. Add half of the diced chili pepper then taste the mixture again. Add remaining pepper as desired.

6) Mash the mixture with a fork. Leave mixture chunky if desired, or mash until creamy. Be sure to crush the chili peppers.

7) Add garlic powder and 1/2 cup prepared pico de gallo. Fold carefully into mashed avocado mixture until combined.

This restaurant-style guacamole dip can be served on a plate alongside a main dish, on top of nachos or as dip for appetizers.

El Torito Guacamole Recipe Tips And Variations

Change up the recipe by adding different types of peppers or a dash of hot sauce to spice up the mixture. It can also be cooled down easily with the addition of a bit of sour cream. If you do not have enough time to prepare fresh pico de gallo to use, the mixture can be found in stores. Salsa is also an adequate substitute for pico de gallo in a pinch.

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