How to Safely Work with Avocado and Make Guacamole

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Learn how to safely cut an avocado and make great guacamole.

I see people doing silly, rather dangerous things with avocados and I thought it was high time I set the record straight.  I want you to know how to safely work with avocado, and make really good guacamole.  You might want to head on over and get my recipe for Boswell Seasoned Salt. Feel free to visit my YouTube channel and don’t forget to subscribe!

Don’t try to peel an avocado and then take the flesh off. The flesh can be slippery and yes, you can hurt yourself. By splitting it in half, you can either scoop out the fruit, or you can cut it, cube it, slice it, etc., while it’s in the shell and use a spoon to take it out. Don’t throw away the skin though. Take your knife and hit the seed to embed it, then twist and remove the seed. Use the used up shell to pluck the seed off the knife without getting your hand dirty or possibly cutting yourself. Be happy, eat avocados!

Please don’t put garlic, lettuce, lemon or God forbid, canned peas in guacamole. If you do, Moctezuma will come after you for sure.

Prep for Guacamole - How to Safely Work with Avocados


Learn how to safely cut an avocado and make great guacamole.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 2 servings
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-04-30
Calories per serving: 174kcal

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Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Put the tomato, onion, peppers, and cilantro into a large shallow bowl. Add the avocados, then using a potato masher, mash all together. Season with the remaining ingredients, then mash with a pestle. Add the seasoned salt
  • Serve immediately, or if you must wait, then put plastic wrap on the guacamole itself, and refrigerate until ready to use. Oxygen is your enemy!


The amount of spice in this is minimal and should not bother you if you don't like spicy foods. However, if you really don't want any spiciness at all, then use a little paprika and salt instead of the Boswell Seasoned Salt and omit the Habanero sauce altogether.
To make guacamole for a crowd, just increase the ingredient amounts.
Please don't put garlic, lettuce, lemon or God forbid, canned peas in guacamole. If you do, Moctezuma will come after you for sure.


Serving: 1gCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 142mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3g
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10 thoughts on “How to Safely Work with Avocado and Make Guacamole”

  1. This is some good information. I didn’t know to do this. I was just peeling the avocado then slicing it. I’ve cut myself doing that. Not anymore, thank you!

  2. I like putting lemon in my guacamole. Let’s see, I’ll make two and see what everyone thinks. I’ll be getting back to you!

  3. The guacamole is better without lemon or lime because they have too strong of a flavor. My molcajete is already seasoned with garlic, so this is just perfect. Thanks!

  4. Wow, thanks for posting this. I wasn’t sure how to get the peel off, and this is great, now I know. Thanks.

  5. Hello, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other than that, superb blog!

    • Jason, thanks for letting me know, but I’m not going to pull my hair out over that old, broken browser. My suggestion to you is to remove it from your system because it’s a security and accessibility concern. Thanks for the compliments, though, and I hope you enjoy the guacamole!

  6. Thank you for posting this. I’ve been cutting avocadoes wrong all along. This is SOOOO much simpler.

  7. Love, love, love that guacamole recipe. I didn’t know about not putting in lemon, and I have to say, I liked it a LOT better without the lemon I usually put in. Perfect!

  8. So, when are you doing a video on cutting onions? They always make me cry!

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