Chunky Citrus Guacamole

by heidi on March 8, 2012

What an amazing week its been. So many great projects in the works, a few that I can cross off my to-do list and happiness that daylight savings time is coming on Sunday so I’ll now be able to bug the family while taking photos of dinner recipes actually at dinner time.


GDawg is heading to Vegas for a little NASCAR this weekend so me and Smudge are bacheloretting it. Mani/pedis, pie making, dinner with friends (including her boy-crush) plus a picinic at the park are all on the weekend horizon.

Plus it looks like a little guac making will be in order.

Last week it was hamburgers and root beer that Smudge decided to add to her diet, and now this week  its avocados. Whoa, leaps and bounds around here! So we’re going to be dipping our chips into this Chunky Citrus Guacamole. But more on that in a minute.

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the next issue of Foodie Crush magazine and I’m thrilled you actually want to see another one! I’ve been busy planning the next issue and its set to debut in July. Woot!

So, a couple of questions to you, my favorite readers:

  • How would you like to view/see the magazine? Do you like reading it online in the flippable page format like the first issue?
  • Would you view it on an iPad or Nook format?
  • Do you want a printed, hot in your honey little hands version and how much would you pay for that  it wouldn’t be cheap due to on-demand printing costs.)

Hey, leave me a comment below with an answer to any of the questions above and I’ll send someone over to clean your house. Or maybe I’ll just give you a heart felt thanks and a virtual bear hug for sharing, I know your time is valuable so I want to make your reading experience the best that it can be.

And now to the fun stuff.

What a fun interview and video chat I had this week with Kristen from Dine and Dish. Funny thing is, we ended up talking for twice as long after we cut off the taped chat. It may have been due to our coffee buzz, but I think its more about her generosity to share herself with others. Love her. Get over and check it out.  Oh, and her cute apron is available at the Hip Hostess.

As of last week, I’m off sugar and carbs, plus I cut down on my general hoovering thanks to Dara of Cookin’ Canuck’s inspiring story of losing 35 pounds and reaching her healthy lifestyle goals. It’s been an inspiring transformation and I was seriously honored when she asked me to take her after pics. Not only is Dara looking fantastic, but she’s genuinely gorgeous on the inside and such a great mom and wife. Seriously, what a lovely, authentic person. Thanks for being in my life Dara. XO.

On that note of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I’m excited to be following the plant-based recipes with a healthy bent, on the newly created blog The Food Matters Project. Dedicated to recipes created by Mark Bittman’s cookbook The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, the blog follows Bittman-based recipes recreated and posted by a bevy of over 50 passionate food bloggers for all to enjoy and participate in. Seriously, eat more green and benefit yourself and the environment.

Woo hoo! A bunch of new techie items have been released! Lightroom 4.0—yes, I’m totally updating this weekend—the new, tricked out Canon 5D Mark iii. Oh and a little thing called an iPad 4  (Twitter integration means even more Instagram pics of what we eat for lunch) will be the hot ticket items for bloggers this spring.

Thank you Courtney for featuring me and some of my favorites on your new site Simply Lovely. You’re pretty lovely yourself.

And even though spring is just two weeks away, I’m still craving comfort. So lately I’ve been heading over to Kalyn’s Cooking’s new crock-pot based blog Slow Cooker from Scratch to find recipes to cozy up with on the weekend. Its a great site to check out, featuring lots of  food bloggers recipes too.

And next week Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and I will be announcing more details and offers for our e-Cookbook, Cookie Cravings. We are beyond excited to share it with you.

Sign up for the newsletter for first-on-the-scene info and a free cookie recipe download. Oh and next week we’re sending out another NEW and free download to all of our Cookie Cravings newsletter subscribers to say thanks for signing up.

And you are not going to miss our AMAZING GIVEAWAY to celebrate the launch. Hint: It makes cookie batch making a cinch. Yeah, just ‘cause we like you.

Foodie Crush Chunky Citrus Guacamole

And now for that Guac recipe I promised. Chunky with a citrus-ey accent, a hit of spice, and just enough girth to make any chip happy, it’s the perfect combo to welcome some spring weather with a few salty corn chips and a nice cold beverage.

Chunky Citrus Guacamole

Yield: makes about 3 cups

Chunky Citrus Guacamole


5 avocados, chopped
1/3 cup white onion, diced
1/3 cup tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and finely diced
1 lime, juiced (1/8 cup)
1 small orange, juiced (1/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


  1. Place avocado, onion, tomato, garlic and jalapeno in a medium size bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine orange and lime juices with chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Mix well.
  3. Pour 3/4 of the juice mixture over the avocado mixture and gently combine, keeping the avocado chunky. Add more of the juice mixture to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, sliced fresh vegetables or as a topping for a tasty sandwich.

Try these other Foodie Crush recipes on to cure your comfort cravings or keep your health goals intact:
Caesar Salad with Hashbrown Croutons 
Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili with White Beans and Sage
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Nacho Taco Salad
Butternut Squash Lasagna 

Thanks for reading and please keep in touch. Subscribe to Foodie Crush and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest and check out Foodie Crush magazine


Posted in: appetizers and small bites,recipes,vegetables and fruits

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

What a great post..Dara is looking stellar!

LR 4…please LMK what you think of it and the biggest differences you notice between it and LR 3, which I cant live a day without.

The 5D Mark III…yeah, I know. I need to start playing the lottery, first.


Bev Weidner March 8, 2012 at 6:07 am

I love everything in this post!

The guac, Dara, Kristen, the magazine, Maria’s book, that guac, the guac, and the guac. Oh! And Mark Bittman. I want to get a beer with him.


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau March 8, 2012 at 6:16 am

I’m loving the chunkiness of the guacamole. I can’t get enough of those stinkin’ avocados.

As far as the format of the magazine – I really liked it the way you did it last time. Having an online version with flippable pages is great and convenient. That way it won’t land in the stack of magazines I always have growing in my house.


Blog is the New Black March 8, 2012 at 6:27 am



Deborah March 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

Holy cow, girl – you have been busy!! First of all, this guac looks amazing. I have a huge soft spot for guac and can’t get enough of it. And for the mag, I love the online format, and if I had an iPad or nook, I think that would be my first choice. I’m a sucker for print, but I can understand that it would probably be pretty expensive to print, so I’m good with the online copy. Can’t wait for a new issue!


Vicki Bensinger March 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

Your guacamole recipe looks amazing. I can taste all the flavors. I loved your magazine. I couldn’t tell you for sure which way would work best but I think any online version is very user friendly. I’d like to be able to do this myself but haven’t quite figured out how yet. Not enough hours in the day for me.

Mark Bittmans book sounds interesting, I haven’t seen it yet. I’ll definitely check it out.


Cassie March 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

You have so many amazing things going on, Heidi! So many congrats to you and I can’t wait to see what comes next, including another issue of Foodie Crush magazine! I loved the e-version but I think any format would be wonderful. Your work is truly inspiring!


Mother Omega March 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

Do you deliver any of this food??


Susan March 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

I’m a Guac-aholic and this looks amazing. I think Cinco-de-Mayo will certainly be a good time:-)


Melissa // thefauxmartha March 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’ve never done orange in guacamole before. You’ve got me intrigued! And good thing I’m making guac tonight! I’ll have to give it a try (as long as I have an orange in the fridge).


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

omg you are too fabulous for words!


Brooke March 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

I whipped a little guac to go with my lunch yesterday! Love avocado’s, so versitile and good for ya.


Annalise March 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

Wow, so many great projects! Look at you go. I’m definitely looking forward to the next Foodiecrush magazine in July– I wish it wasn’t so far away. I liked the format from last time, I’ll just be viewing it on the regular old internet. I might be interested in purchasing a hard copy, but that might depend on the cost. I would be a fun option though.


Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

Love that guac recipe! And I can’t wait for more info on Maria’s cookbook :)


Isabelle @ Crumb March 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

I think I could dive head-first into a bowl of that guacamole right about now… it just screams of sunshine and fresh summery flavours, both of which I’m desperately craving at the moment.
BTW, Kirsten and Dara are two of my very favourite bloggers. So lovely to see them featured, and with such beautiful photos to boot!


Maria March 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

So glad Smudge is into avocados now! Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned! Good for you! And can I just tell you AGAIN that you are amazing! Cause you are! You have so many fun projects going on! I am excited for the next issue of FoodieCrush! I love the online magazine format, but I will read FoodieCrush in any format. It is the best foodie magazine ever! And yahoo for Cookie Cravings! Can’t wait to start selling our book…and to announce that fun giveaway! Loved reading this post, it made me happy! It is so great to see your success and I love how you always inspire and share the foodie love! You are the best!


Cookin' Canuck March 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

Heidi, my dear, you are a powerhouse of energy and creativity. You are seriously an inspiration, my friend and I feel just as lucky to have you in my life. Thanks so much for the mention (and your gorgeous photos – you make me look good). I need to check out that Mark Bittman book for more healthy eating ideas! Plus, the guac will be made in my house soon – it would be perfect scooped over some tilapia.


Mimi Avocado March 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

I loved the first issue, and yes, I would view it on an IPad. It would be beautiful in print format, but I’m cutting down on magazines that I have to store or throw away. The online version is just perfect for me.

I really enjoyed the interview with Kristen! After connecting online for a long time, it was great to see her in person and hear her voice!

Thanks for the guacamole recipe! We feature avocado recipes on our Facebook/Avocados.Direct page, so I have posted a link there. Living on an avocado ranch presents it’s own set of challenges: always having fresh ripe avocados and needing more delicious ways to enjoy them!


Fuji Mama March 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

You are one incredible woman!!! I don’t know how you do it all. I’m loving all of your projects. Do you sleep? XO


heidi March 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Let’s just say my sleeping pattern has dramatically changed over the past year :) Building a business I a lot like having a newborn with plenty of work that gives lots of joy.


Living The Sweet Life March 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

So much goodness all in one blog entry!! I love it all … ;)
This Guac is cooler than pop rocks!! – - I love a good Guacamole and lately I’ve been on a bit of a citrus kick so these are peerrfect!


Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

The guacamole looks delicious! I always seem to have a batch of guacamole in the refrigerator ready for me to dip into. Its my same old, same old recipe so on my next batch I am anxious to give this a try. I loved the debut issue of your magazine. I copy of it on iPad or Nook would be fabulous too even though I loved it just the way it was. Can’t wait for the next issue! :)


heidi March 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Great and thanks for your feedback! If you have an iPad, you can view it on the device. But, I’m assessing whether to optimize the magazine in a format more accessible and easily views in the iPad. Thanks!!


Kalyn March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Now I am seriously craving guacamole! Just added avocados to my Costco list for tomorrow. Sounds like you are crazy busy; I guess that is a good thing. Thanks for the shout-out for my slow cooker blog, and fun seeing all the things you’re up to!


heidi March 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Costco is the BEST place to buy avos!


DessertForTwo March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

Ok, wow, big post!

Yes, I can’t wait for the next issue of Foodie Crush! I thought the first format was wonderful! It was so easy to click-through to read. That said, I’m a bit old fashioned (hello, I’m 27, heh), but I would love a printed-out version. I would pay $3-4/issue for it, too.

Congrats on all the great news! :)


bridget {bake at 350} March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

So much goodness in one post!!!

Love all of the bloggers you mention! Kristen’s blog was one of the first I ever read. And guac! LOVE, love, love! I’m a little obsessed with it at the moment. ;)


heidi March 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I’m with you. Always obsessed with avocados!


Becca@learnasyougocook March 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I would love it in nook form! I wasn’t able to see the first one so it would awesome to see it on my nook!!


heidi March 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Have you tried to view it recently? I upgraded the application so you shoul now be able to.


Rikki March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

That guacamole is looking really yummy! Can’t wait for the next issue!


Erin March 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I love magazines on my IPad (that way I can keep it around wherever I go!)

Love this guac- looks amazing!


Lisa March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

i’d love to be able to read the magazine in a downloadable PDF format.


heidi March 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for your comment. You actually can download a PDF of the mag for the Issuu page where the magazine lives. Follow the link and it will lead you to it

Click on the far right icon with the down arrow to download it.

Looks like I better add that option to my site


Jeanine March 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Yum, I never thought of putting paprika in my guac, but I will now!

I’m excited to see your next issue! I’m a print girl, but I know just what an extra pain (and expense) that would be to produce. I have an ipad around here somewhere, but I never seem to use it.


heidi March 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I’m a print addict too. But doing a full-scale mag on paper is expensive when I can’t afford to do a big run of them. So on-demand might be my only option at this point.


Jeanine March 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

yea, I cannot imagine being able to afford to self-publish a print mag… Not to mention gathering all high res images and pre-pressing that baby… publication design is maybe rewarding to some but the production work that’s involved is really the worst… (in my opinion :).

I’ll read your magazine regardless – I have no problem viewing via Issue.


kellypea March 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

What a fun post! Inspirational line-up of creative people and projects — love your photography. And I’d never turn down a bit of chunky guac especially smeared on a sandwich or rolled up in some lettuce. The stuff is addicting!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Wow! You are one busy lady. Have fun with Smudge this weekend. I liked reading the magazine online just like the first gorgeous one. Looks like a must try guacamole.


Flavia March 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Heidi, I always feel so invigorated, energized and inspired when I read your blog. I love to read about what projects you have in the works. I really enjoyed reading the online version of Foodiecrush Magazine, and I would definitely keep reading it in that format. But I would also be very excited to read it on my iPad. I take my iPad with me often when I’m going to be somewhere for an extended period of time and will need things to read. Thank you for keeping us all posted! xo


Julia {The Roasted Root} March 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Avacado and I have a wonderful relationship, but your recipe made me re-think the way I make guac! I love that you keep this recipe chunky and the orange twist. This looks delicious…I want it on my eggs tomorrow morning!


Zellie March 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Love this post! I enjoyed the first issue of Foodie Crush, it would be awesome if I could view it on my Kindle Fire!


Alicia@UrbanStrawberries March 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Avocados are now on the grocery list! As for Foodie Crush magazine, I like it online.


Jessica March 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

Hi, Heidi!
Thanks for sharing the Chunky Citrus Guacamole recipe! I saved and printed your recipe. Your instruction is really clear and easy to follow. I can’t wait to make it by myself! :)

I’d like to read the magazine from my iPad so I can bring it anywhere, since I’m travelling a lot.


Sarah from 20something cupcakes March 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

I do love the flippable format you used! And thank you so much for supporting The Food Matters Project, it means the world to us!


Cookie + Kate March 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

Thank you so much for including The Food Matters Project in your post, Heidi! I’m eagerly awaiting the next issue of FoodieCrush, and I’d gladly pay $10 or more for a physical copy (would that be enough?). And lastly, that guac looks incredible. I never thought to add chunks of citrus!


Laurie {Simply Scratch} March 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

Amazing! All of it!


Sanjeeta kk March 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Made guacamole with a dash of lemon a day before and here is another citrusy treat! Love the foodie friends pictures….they are gorgeous.


Lori @ RecipeGirl March 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

What happy news- all of it! Good for you for making a healthy change. Dara’s story really inspired me too. I’ve been diligent about exercising, and I’m totally avoiding carbs and sugar too… but just on my own. The pounds are a droppin’! Good luck!!


Amy Styrin March 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This is a wonderful post. I loved each of the photographs, and the recipe specially.

Thanks for sharing.



Jessica March 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Would LOVE to hold the magazine in my hands! I love reading it no matter what, but would prefer to hold it so I can keep it close by without having my computer and it makes it easy to take pages out to put in my “special” home made recipe book.


gabriela@Are Avocados Fattening? March 15, 2012 at 7:47 am

Good luck ,Great post,y love you.Thanks for the info it had cleared out too many things in my mind. Your recommendations are really good.


@Guacgrl March 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Guac Rules! Thank you for this delicious recipe, will share with other avocado lovers in our FB Page/Recipes and Tips App with an incoming link. #iloveavocados


marla June 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

How did I ever miss this post from MARCH??!! Anyway, just saw this awesome guar on Pinterest so here I am :)


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