[1] Start with plain guacamole, chunky or smooth; then mix in your favorites from a long list of choices (photo © McCormick).

[2] DIY guacamole provides a variety of mix-ins; here at Cocina 214 in Winter Park, Florida (photo © Cocina 214).

[3] You can go fusion-style, too. Here, Argentinian-style guacamole, with grilled beef (photos #3 and #4 © Avocados From Mexico).

[4] Head to Asia with this guacamole blended with Korean spices.

[5] This glass Lazy Susan, at 40 inches wide, is ready to party (photo © Kohl’s).

[6] Ready, set, go avocado (photo © Aldi).


Guacamole is one of those foods that gets lots of attention around the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo, and September 16th, which is National Guacamole Day.

But we love it all year around.

We keep an eye out for sales on avocados—when a large lot of them are already ripe at the grocer and will be too ripe to sell in another day or two.

Since there are so many ways to embellish guacamole, our favorite is a DIY garnish buffet.

We serve using a turntable—our Nana’s large Lazy Susan, a revolving tabletop server that enables each person to spin it to get to a favorite item without needing to ask someone to pass it.

The Lazy Susan has gone out of fashion, except for the plastic versions made for easy access to cabinet storage (we keep our spices on two double-stack turntables).

Today, a large Lazy Susan like Nana’s seems to be found mostly at restaurant supply stores; although we did find this glass version at Kohl’s (photo #5).

For a party, you can instead spread the garnishes out on a buffet or table.

For a family dinner, simply say, “Please pass the pineapple.” (We serve guacamole and chips as an appetizer.)

To serve DIY guacamole, all you have to do is mash the avocado. Then supply bowls large enough so that each person can add the avocado and mix-ins and blend them together.

For an avocado bar, use avocado slices instead of mashed avocado.

  • Bell peppers, diced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Chives, cilantro and/or parsley, fresh, snipped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Cotija or feta cheese, crumbled
  • Garlic, minced or garlic chips
  • Jalapeño or other chile, sliced
  • Mango or pineapple, small dice
  • Roasted red pepper (pimento), diced
  • Red onion or scallions, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, small dice or halved grape tomatoes

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  • Bacon, chopped
  • Green goddess dressing
  • Hummus
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ponzu sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce

  • Crema or sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa
  • Salt

  • Balsamic glaze for drizzle
  • Crumbled cotija cheese
  • Lime wedges
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Pomegranate arils
    For A Main Course

  • Grilled sliced chicken or meat, fajita-style, or grilled shrimp
    Optional Base

  • Black beans
  • Salad greens

  • Agua fresca
  • Beer
  • Crudités
  • Tortilla chips
  • Tortillas


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