Fully Loaded Guacamole

Fully Loaded Guacamole

A few months ago I took a trip to Chicago. I'm usually a mountain girl, but there is one good thing about big cities: the food! We managed to eat at lot of good food over the course of two days, but the stand-out meal of the trip was happy hour at Xoco. Sort of like the little sister restaurant of Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill, Xoco is a quick serve hot spot that serves contemporary Mexican dishes. 

About 20% of the menu is dedicated to chocolate so of course I felt at home! 😉Actually, I didn't try any of the chocolatey items, though I would if I went back. Instead, I got the Ginger Pear Mezcal Margarita 😍and a bowl of "Fully Dressed" Guacamole. 

Fully Loaded Guacamole

That trip was over 2 months ago and I'm still thinking about it, so clearly, it was a game changer. I came home, and started loading up my guac with all sorts of treats, inspired by that meal.

So what all goes in this bowl? Well, guac. But don't stop there! Pile on fresh tomatoes, cilantro, toasted pepitas, crispy bacon, basically WHATEVER YOU WANT. Cheese fan? Don't hold back, add that too. 

Some other ideas for toppings: roasted corn, black beans, fresh pineapple, pork rinds (they did those at Xoco and it was delish), roasted red pepper, fresh jalapeño, minced red onion….. the list literally could go on and on and on.

This weekend, when you're sitting there thinking, What should I bring to the neighbor's Super Bowl watching party? You'll have your answer. Just grab some avocados, break out the bag of chips, and let your creativity go wild. Make a big BIG bowl of this fully loaded guacamole. 

Fully Loaded Guacamole
Fully Loaded Guacamole

Paleo? There are still so many ways to enjoy guac: plantain chips, pork rinds, cucumber slices, and carrot sticks, toastones, burrito bowls, oh my!

Fully Loaded Guacamole

Published February 2, 2016 by
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Yield: 4   |    Active Time: 20 minutes


For the guacamole:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced red onion, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, based on preferences
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash of cayenne (skip this if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

  • Toppings:
  • 1 tomato, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 slices bacon, fully cooked and chopped into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • Additional ideas: roasted corn, black beans, jalapeño, queso fresca, roasted red pepper, lime wedges, diced pineapple or apple, minced red onion
  • To serve: tortilla chips, plantain chips, veggie sticks

  • Directions:

    1. Combine ingredients for guacamole in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste. Scoop into serving bowl.
    2. Top with toppings of choice, including tomato, bacon crumbles, cilantro, pepitas, roasted corn, black beans, etc.
    3. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with chips or veggie sticks.