Rick Bayless knows all about how to throw a great fiesta, or party, and a key part of any great fiesta is the food. “I like to welcome guests with this guacamole bar,” he says. “I start off with a basic guacamole made with roasted garlic and set out bowls of toppings so everyone can customize each bite.” (Recipe from Fiesta at Rick's by Rick Bayless; W.W. Norton and Company, 2010.)

Rick Bayless
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010


Recipe Summary

30 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare guacamole: Place unpeeled garlic in a small dry skillet over medium heat; cook, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool, then slip off the skins; finely chop. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl. Add the garlic, cilantro and lime juice to taste. Coarsely mash everything together. Season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • To set up the guacamole bar: Scoop garnishes into small serving bowls and put the chips in a large basket or bowl. Encourage guests to spoon a little guacamole on a chip and top with garnishes that appeal.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the guacamole (Step 1) up to 1 day.

Kitchen Tip: To toast pumpkin seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; protein 6.6g 13% DV; carbohydrates 28.1g 9% DV; dietary fiber 6.6g 27% DV; sugars 0.5g; fat 20.9g 32% DV; saturated fat 3.7g 19% DV; cholesterol 7.1mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 200.1IU 4% DV; vitamin c 8.3mg 14% DV; folate 63.5mcg 16% DV; calcium 84.7mg 9% DV; iron 1mg 5% DV; magnesium 32.8mg 12% DV; potassium 500.2mg 14% DV; sodium 491.7mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 9% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
This was awesome!! I had never worked with avocados before but this recipe was so easy. The taste was great. I will be making this again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delicioso! this was fabulous! added some NM red chili fakes to add some heat. Pros: clean and easy Cons: can't stop eating it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A gal made this for cooking club. This is the ultimate party appetizer.... serve with ice cold margaritas... the salt and garlic make it the best guac recipe ever. You can't stop eating it. 5 stars Read More