Firecracker Guacamole


The Superbowl is coming up; I only know that because The Voice premiers right after it and that’s what I really want to watch. Maybe I’ll sit through 3 hours of football or maybe I’ll just eat chips and dip the whole time and not look up at the TV; the latter sounds more fun.

I never really made guacamole before and my first time got off to a rough start: I confused jalapeno and habanero peppers. I’m pretty sure traditional guacamole has jalapenos. This one has habaneros which are a little spicier. I didn’t wear gloves or anything while I was dicing it and ended up sniffling for the rest of the afternoon; those little buggers are hot!


What makes this guacamole unique is that the onions are gently cooked. No one wants raw onion breath, especially at a party. Sautéing them in a pan in some water takes away that bitterness, and since it’s cooked in water and not oil it saves the guacamole from getting too oily. You can include or exclude the cilantro based on your preference; I can’t stand the flavor so I left it out.

Firecracker Guacamole

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes


  • 3 ripe medium-sized avocadoes
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro(optional)



  1. Peel and mash your avocadoes together in a large bowl.
  2. Carefully dice the onion, tomato, and pepper. Add the tomato and pepper in with the avocado reserving the onion.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium with a little water in the bottom. Quickly sauté the onion in the water for a couple minutes until the diced onions are semi-translucent. Remove from the heat and add in with the avocado.
  4. Add in your citrus and salt and cilantro if using and mix all of the ingredients together.
  5. Serve at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to a day.


This wasn’t the spiciest thing I’ve ever tasted but it certainly wasn’t mild, either; it was right around my heat level. Just be careful to wash your hands after handling the pepper. Nobody wants to rub that into their eyes or worse.

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15 Responses to Firecracker Guacamole
  1. Molly
    January 23, 2012 | 10:49 am

    why is guac so good? mmm i bet it was fab extra spicy!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 23, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    I just made guac! I have so many avos on hand. My method is so simple, I take a half of an avo, scoop it out, add some salt and 2-3 tbsp of salsa or Mrs Dash seasoning to taste…mash, and dig in.

  3. Amber K
    January 23, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    I just recently got onto the guac train. I have never made it myself, so now I’ve gotta try!

  4. Juice
    January 23, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I love guacamole and heating it up is the thing to do!

  5. Anna @ On Anna's Plate
    January 23, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Yum…I love ANY guac, mild, medium or hot. Looks great!

  6. Kait
    January 23, 2012 | 7:42 pm

    Not that I don’t love your recipes, but your comment about the Voice just cemented my loyalty to this blog for the rest of my years. For reals.

  7. Pure2raw Twins
    January 23, 2012 | 10:28 pm

    love guacamole. and so excited for the VOICE!!!!! guess we have to sit through some football too haha
    at least we all shall have delicious guacamole to snack on!

  8. Jen
    January 24, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    I’ve never had much success with guacamole – it’s great the first day, but then it gets brown really quick! Any tips for making it last longer? A great game-day recipe for football fans!

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 24, 2012 | 6:19 pm

      It’s one of those things that unfortunately just spoils quickly. The faster you can eat it, the better.

    • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
      January 27, 2012 | 6:16 pm

      I agree with Evan on eating it quickly! If you must keep it in the fridge for a day or two, press plastic wrap directly onto the guac to cover. When avocados are exposed to air, they brown.

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  10. Mark
    February 13, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    This looks like it would burn your socks off. I’m ready for it even though the Super Bowl is over.

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  13. Aqiyl Aniys
    March 10, 2014 | 9:16 pm

    Bow Bow! I love avocados! This guacamole is on fire!!!