This chunky, creamy guacamole from Mexico-born chef Roberto Santibañez is made in the traditional manner: by first grinding the flavoring agents to a paste using a molcajete, then gently mixing in chopped avocados. Serrano chiles give this avocado dip a light heat while the acidity from fresh limes keeps it bright and zesty. Mortar and pestles may be bulky, but the grinding action is essential to making dips and pastes with a richer texture.

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What You Will Need


  • 14 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped white onion
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 fresh serrano chile, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 lb. avocados (about 2 small), halved and pitted
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Mash half the cilantro, the onion, salt, and serrano into a paste in a mortar and pestle. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and roughly chop; add to mortar along with remaining cilantro and lime juice and lightly mash. Serve with tortilla chips.

Watch Us Make Guacamole in This Step-by-Step Video.