Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cilantro Pesto Guacamole - Guac Off Recipe Contest

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love guacamole - it's a great party food.  And with the big game coming, I decided to create a great  guacamole recipe.  I loved the flavors of my avocado and cilantro pesto pizza that I made recently, so I decided to make a dip with the same flavors out of it.

cilantro pesto guacamole


1 bunch cilantro
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, chopped finely
1/2 yellow onion, chopped finely
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped finely
2 Avocados from Mexico
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Make the cilantro pesto: Remove leaves from the cilantro stems.  In a food processor container place the cilantro leaves, olive oil,  Parmesan, and garlic clove.  Process until smooth.  Place pesto in a medium bowl.

To the medium bowl, add the chopped jalapenos, onion, and tomatoes.

Cut the avocados in half.  Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh into a small bowl, reserving the avocado shells.  Mash the avocado with the back of a fork.  Add the lemon juice to keep the guacamole from discoloring.  Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  Put the mashed avocado in the medium bowl and mix until well blended.  Add more salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  Serve in the reserved hollowed-out avocado shells.

I just entered that recipe into the Avocados from Mexico Guac Off Recipe Contest!
The Guac Off Recipe contest runs from January 2nd until January 20th. Three lucky winners of the contest will receive an iPad 2 and autographed cookbook by Celebrity Chef Roberto Santibañez and 7 runners-up will receive a $200 grocery gift card and autographed cookbook by Celebrity Chef Roberto Santibañez.
Plus, just for playing, all entrants are automatically entered into a separate sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 grocery gift card. Ten winners will be selected.

How do you participate?  First visit Avocados from Mexico on Facebook between January 5th and January 15th and "like" them.  Then submit your favorite recipe, along with at least one picture.  Here's my submission:


Avocados from Mexico will select the top 10 Avocados from Mexico recipes to be posted on the Avocados from Mexico Facebook Page. There will be a grand prize winner in the following three categories: Most Popular, Best Recipe and Most Creative. Avocados from Mexico will choose the Most Creative recipe, Chef Roberto Santibañez will choose the Best Recipe, and Most Popular will be chosen by the Facebook voters.

So if your recipe is one of the top 10 chosen, get your friends, family, and co-workers to vote for your recipe on Facebook!  (And if I'm one of the top 10 winners, I hope you'll vote for me, too!)

I can't wait to see all the delicious and creative guacamole recipes!  So enter yours today!

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