Roasted Garlic and Pickled Jalapeño Guacamole

by heidi on May 22, 2013

Roasted Garlic and Pickled Jalapeño Guacamole |

How many times have you heard it? You know the phrase, the not-so-very-much-original one we all say because it’s just so perfectly descriptive.

You know it. Come on, say it with me. Think it. Live it: “Hoooooooly Guacamole.”

Okay it’s a little trite, but so true. Guacamole is the ultimate dipper, topper, finger licker. Cinco de Mayo by now is in the holiday back seat but with summer’s festivities on the bright lights horizon, there’s so many more reasons to kick back and “dip-toe through the tortilla chips.” Okay, that was a stretch but let’s just roll with it.


photo via Garlic Girl’s Instagram

My recipe for Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole is a riff on a recipe created at this spring’s Big Traveling Potluck by Jodi of Garlic Girl, Des of Life’s Ambrosia and Melba of Out a Thyme, the ladies who stole the show and won the Best Tasting Recipe award at the Guacamole Challenge we all competed in. It was a friendly competition. That said, there may have been some tears shed when the winner was announced and my team didn’t win.

We were CONVINCED we were shoe-ins with mango and bacon in our version of guacamole. We were wrong.

Big Traveling Potluck |

Big Traveling Potluck |

Big Traveling Potluck |

My bacon and mango guacamole dream team : Kelley : Mountain Mama Cooks //  Jaime : Green Beans & Grapefruit //  Lori : Recipe Girl // Dara : Cookin’ Canuck // Our cute Kerrygold Cheese representative

You’ll notice I’m not showcasing THAT losing recipe here, even if it did have bacon in it. Because even though it was in the holy-guacamole realm, THAT recipe isn’t the one I left the conference craving, deconstructing in my mind as I sat on the plane ride home. THAT recipe is THIS recipe, based on the stolen tastes from those guacamole garlic and jalapeño winners.

One stolen taste, and then another, and another. I knew my team didn’t stand a chance.

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeno Guacamole |

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeno Guacamole |

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeno Guacamole |

While this isn’t the exact recipe, it’s as close as I could replicate based on my slightly limey margarita-affected memory and the lingering avocado tastebuds after a sunny Cali weekend. The basics of the recipe are: a mellow tang of roasted garlic (with a blog called Garlic Girl, Jodi certainly knows her stuff, plus she makes the cutest earrings) and the piquant pucker of pickled jalapeños (I love this recipe for pickled jalapeños and always have a jar on hand) that threw a punch of heat at the back of the tongue. Toss in a little cheese and pepitas? These guacamole recipe creators had it going alllll going on.

Why did we even bother with bacon? Okay I’ll say it one more time, but this is it…Holy guacamole, this stuff is the winner.

A few recipe notes:

Mashing avocados can be a bit of a pain depending on their ripeness. But I found a little trick in my utensil drawer that does the job just right. I use my pastry blender. It keeps the avocados chunky and mashes super quick. Give it a try and I’d love to hear your secrets masher tips.

I’m betting you’ve done your fair share of time in the produce department groping hard, not-yet-ripe green orbs, desperately in search of an avocado ready to eat tonight. If it’s just not in your cards to find an already ripe fruit, one of my tricks is to place the avocado in a paper sack with a few bananas. The gasses given off of the bananas will speed the ripening process so you’ll be in guac city before you know it.

Feel free to add more roasted garlic if you feel like an earthier, more roasted flavor. If you’re shy about plopping your garlic in the oven, here’s a simple recipe for roasted garlic.

The pickled jalapeño juice really adds to the flavor of this guacamole and you might be tempted to add more. If so, just be careful of making the guac too liquified. I personally prefer a chunkier guac but if you’re into a creamier version, add more liquid to your own preference.

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole


1 head roasted garlic, cooled
6 avocados, peeled and pitted
2 limes, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño juice
8 ounces pickled jalapeños, chopped
kosher salt
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup cotija cheese
2 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


  1. Mash cooled roasted garlic in a medium size bowl until the consistency of a rough paste. Add the avocados and mash with a pastry blender or fork until chunky. Stir in the lime, lemon and pickled jalapeño juice then add the chopped jalapeños and stir to combine. Season with kosher salt to taste. Garnish with cilantro and cotija cheese and top with pepitas. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

Mmm this sounds like such a fabulous creation!! Love the pickled jalapeno’s especially!!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 22, 2013 at 6:10 am

I want this for breakfast!


Tieghan May 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

Ah I am in heaven! I love this!! Your a adding fuel to my avocado obsession!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

Ha, my Team never won either but we made some kick butt guac!! We were robbed :)


Deborah May 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

I am a pickled jalapeno addict – I’m pretty sure I need this in my life!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 22, 2013 at 7:46 am

Is it cool to faceplant right into this bowl? Kthanks ;)


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

Your guacamole competition sounds delish! The combination of mango and bacon does sound interesting. But I know that this garlic jalapeno version would go fast here! :)


Diane {Created by Diane} May 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

I love this recipe and tip on the pastry cutter-GENIUS!
It was so great to meet you Heidi, I sure wish we had gotten more time to talk :)


heidi May 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Me too! Maybe we’ll have the chance in Austin for Blogher Food?


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Give me a handful of chips, this guac, and a margarita, and I’m set for the afternoon! Until when I have to get up to refill the margarita of course… Great recipe!


The Italian Dish May 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

now that’s a good tip I can use!


Sylvia @ May 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Omg, this guac looks amazing and I’m pretty picky about guac. I’m definitely going to have to try it!


Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit May 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I love this! The winning guac was rather fabulous. Remember how some margarita got thrown in there?


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 23, 2013 at 7:54 am

Love this! Looks amazing, Heidi! :)


Bev @ Bev Cooks May 23, 2013 at 8:03 am

Those jalapeno slices on top are kiiiiiiiiiiillin’ me. In a sexy way.


Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

What an amazing bowl of guacamole!


sara May 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Gorgeous guacamole! What a great tip to use a pastry blender! :)


Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today May 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hoooly guacamole!!! Awesome!


Redawna May 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

mmmmm definitely a must try!
Looks fantastic.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

Loving the roasted garlic in your guac!


Jen @ Savory Simple May 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

holy cow this looks amazing. I’m a guacamole addict, this needs to happen.


Emily May 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

And now I’m craving guacamole. Thanks a lot.


kelley May 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Who would have thought you could lose with bacon? I demand a do over.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking May 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

Love this recipe. I would have been into the bacon guac too though! I am so thankful for your pastry blender tip. Next time I make guac I am so using that tip!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

Love that you made this from your “margarita-affected” memory.

Jason is OBSESSED with pickled jalapeño so I’m sure he’ll LOVE this. Maybe he’ll even do some extra hand modeling for me :)


nusrat2010 September 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Your Guacamole make-over gave me goosebumps all over!
I could eat your pictures right through the screen :)
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous, joyful, warm recipe.


Jodi @ Garlic Girl March 22, 2014 at 7:38 am

Haha! I had to smile, especially because I am just seeing this now! You are a cutie pie, and your version of the guacamole looks amazing!


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