Plus, three ways to make it extra.

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2020 has been an epic roller coaster, that's for sure, but one high point has been increased access inside the kitchens of some really talented cooks. Since we're all spending more time at home, celebrities, restaurant pros and cookbook authors alike are inviting us over via social media, and the results have been downright delicious. Michael Symon and Amy Schumer scored food TV shows out of the situation. And we gained oversized cosmopolitans from Ina Garten, a wine pairing-perfect corn salad a la Cameron Diaz, plus cookies the size of your face thanks to Martha Stewart...what a time to be alive.

Another one of our favorite peek-behind-the-curtain Instagram Lives was from none other than Chipotle. The brand's Executive Chef Chad Brauze dished on how to mix up the restaurant's signature guacamole at home. Chipotle has fully embraced the fact that they charge extra for it, in fact, they even now sell sweatshirts and tees emblazoned with "Extra" on the front.

But if you DIY, you only have to pay for the ingredients you use and want to mix in—plus you can customize the heat level and garnishes. Now that you have the recipe, you can keep that extra to invest in more avocados to make another batch!

chipotle guacamole recipe
Credit: Chipotle

Turns out we weren't too far off with our Almost-Chipotle Guacamole, but the restaurant version doesn't contain garlic (although the chef gave full permission to add it at home when one fan asked during the Instagram Live).

Brauze also shared some timeless guacamole tips that will come in handy for Chipotle's Guacamole Recipe or any avocado dip:

  • Clean cilantro in a salad spinner so it's nice and dry when you add it to the guacamole.
  • Use juice from ½ lime per avocado in your guacamole recipe.
  • For best results and the finest dice, use a sharp knife. (A steel like this Wusthof Honing Rod; $19.95, amazon.com can help whip yours into shape.)
  • At Chipotle, they use the whole stem of cilantro—chef Chad thinks the best flavor lives in the stem.
  • If you don't have tortilla chips or want a lower-carb option, scoop up your guac with sliced cucumbers, pork rinds, bias-sliced fresh carrot chips or Persian cucumber wedges.

After demonstrating the classic recipe below, Brauze also shared the scoop about three ways to make it even more extra for entertaining or additional nutrients. We definitely already have these ingredients on our next shopping list, because they sound scrumptious.

  • Superfood Guacamole: Top with a drizzle of hemp, flaxseed oil or avocado oil then sprinkle on chia seeds and hemp seeds.
  • Pomegranate Guacamole: Top with a small spoonful of the sauce from a jar or can of chipotle peppers in adobo, then garnish with crumbled cotija cheese, pepitas and pomegranate seeds.
  • Ranch Guacamole: Whisk together 1 cup ranch dressing (homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing would work great here) with 1 cup guacamole to combine. Taste and add more diced jalapeno if you'd like more heat.

Chipotle's Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe Hass avocados (they use Mexican, Dominican and Californian avocados)
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ jalapeño including seeds, diced (or green pepper if you don't love spice)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Cut avocados in half and remove pits carefully, then scoop the avocados into a bowl.
  2. Toss and coat with lime juice.
  3. Add the salt and mash until it's a smooth consistency.
  4. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix.
  5. Taste the guacamole and adjust seasoning if necessary.