Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.



The way to this pregnant woman’s heart. It makes my hubby pretty happy too. A couple of people have mentioned they miss my recipe postings (I haven’t been cooking much that is inspired lately but I’ve got a few things I’ll share in the next few weeks), so here is my loose recipe for guacamole. Warning – if you are one of my fellow Guatemamas, this is NOT the guacamole you ate in Guatemala. Their guacamole is bland – just avocados, lime juice and salt. I like mine a little more flavorful. A couple of my “secret” ingredients are courtesy of my mama who paid attention at a restaurant at the Riverwalk in San Antonio that made it table-side. And those who read regularly know I’m more of a cook by feel kind of girl so my recipes are more of a guideline than an exact science.


4 avocados (if you don’t know how to cut and seed one visit here)

2 plum tomatoes or 1 regular garden variety tomato

1/2 onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

lemon juice

lime juice

orange juice



2-3 strips of bacon

Peel and pit the avocados. Smash with either back of a fork or potato ricer. You want it slightly chunky rather than completely smooth. Finely chop the tomato, onion, and garlic or throw it in the food processor and pulse a few times. Add to the avocados. Squeeze a couple tablespoons of lemon juice and lime juice into your mixture. Squeeze a tablespoon of orange juice in (less than the lemon and lime…you shouldn’t taste the orange juice – it should just add a little something in the background). Add salt – a little more than you think you should. Crumble the bacon into your mixture. Trust me – adds a nice smokiness. Mix it all up. Taste it – if it seems to be missing something add a little more salt, lemon and/or lime juice. Eat. Yes, avocados have lots of fat in the them but it is the good kind plus lots of vitamins and minerals.

For the juices and cilantro, fresh is always best but I’ve been known to use dried cilantro when I don’t have fresh and those plastic lemons and limes for juice. I truly believe the garlic has to be fresh to get the back ground bite that it provides but do what you will.


And just because I am so excited I have to share that Baby Girl #2 finally has a name! We should probably tell family before I blab here…but you all know I can’t keep a secret for long.

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  1. On May 11th, 2008 at 10:19 pm Tera Says:

    I hope that you had a great day today!! : )

    Guacamole is insanely delicious, isn’t it??? It’s definitely in my top five favorite foods. My guac is very, very similar to yours…I don’t include bacon (I’m picky about how I eat bacon) and I sometimes add a dash of cumin and just lime juice instead of mixed citrus. Try this recipe, ladies…you will LOVE it! : )

    And, CONGRATS on deciding on a name!! What a special and exciting time this is for you. I am SO, so happy for you!! Take good care and God bless.

  2. On May 11th, 2008 at 11:17 pm Type (little) a Says:

    OK, some other non-bizarro thing.

    I absolutely hate Guacamole. Unless it’s buried in a burrito. SOMETIMES.

    Congrats on picking the name!

  3. On May 11th, 2008 at 11:40 pm Rhonda Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you. I hope you had a wonderful day. Guacomole looks delicious, I will have to try your recipe. Can’t wait to hear what name you decided on.

  4. On May 11th, 2008 at 11:51 pm TNKerry Says:

    Yay!!! I was going to ask you for your recipe and I truly appreciate the link to the “how to open an avacado” – my first experience was not very successful and I have not tried again!!! (Can you tell, I am not a cook) This sounds so yummy – I will have to try it out this week!!!! Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

  5. On May 12th, 2008 at 6:08 am Julie P Says:

    Guacamole is one of my favorite foods as well. I make a simpler version – just finely chopped onion, lime juice and salt & pepper to taste, I’ve never had bacon in it, might have to try that sometime.
    So exciting about a name for Sabrina’s little sister!!! Glad you had a great Mom Day.

  6. On May 12th, 2008 at 6:59 am Kelly Says:

    Looks yummy. I will definitely give it a try. Congrats on picking a name, too! Very exciting.

  7. On May 12th, 2008 at 7:16 am Priscilla Says:

    Oooh- never tried it that way, yum! I’m an avacado, tomato, onion, salt and lots of jalapenos with a dash of lime girl. I bet the orange juice and garlic do make for a zesty and interesting mix!

    Can’t wait to hear the name!!!

  8. On May 12th, 2008 at 9:40 am elle Says:

    Yay! I was going to make guacamole last week (our market has avocados 10 for $10), but didn’t get around to it. I’ve never made it before and was going to use the good ol’ fashioned betty crocker recipe. Glad I didn’t. guess Enchiladas are going back on the menu this week.

  9. On May 12th, 2008 at 11:14 am Alleen Says:

    hmmmm, I make mine with lime juice, garlic, cilantro and red onion. I’m going to have to try with the extra ingredients. Bacon sounds interesting!

    Can’t wait to hear the name… Do they read the blog? If not, spill.

  10. On May 12th, 2008 at 12:24 pm Bobbi Says:

    The recipe does sound yummy. I may have to try it.

    You better hurry up and tell the fam, cuz that was just mean!!!!!!!!

  11. On May 12th, 2008 at 12:56 pm Priscilla Says:

    ps your nails look awesome in that picture. i’m jealous!

  12. On May 12th, 2008 at 4:10 pm HabeshaChild Says:

    yum. But, more importantly, OMG TELL US THE NAME!!!! I’m dying to know.

  13. On May 12th, 2008 at 5:56 pm Pattie Says:

    I like my Guac even more simple (just avocado, garlic, lime juice and salt), but I might have to give yours a try.

    Looking forward to hearing the NAME!

  14. On May 12th, 2008 at 8:48 pm Tera Says:

    Was thinking about guacamole again today (yeah, I’m mildly obsessed with the stuff). Something that adds a nice smokiness too is several dashes of Chipotle Tabasco (not the regular)…it’s super good and adds just the right amount of heat.

  15. On May 12th, 2008 at 9:14 pm Samantha Says:

    a girl after my own heart. i’ll add bacon to just about anything. mmmmm…bacon.

  16. On May 13th, 2008 at 4:54 am teri Says:

    Can’t wait to try the recipe. Sounds great!!!!

  17. On May 13th, 2008 at 9:16 am Soltana Says:

    I’m “stealing” your recipe for my Pampered Chef party… Don’t be mad:)

    Have a great day

  18. On May 13th, 2008 at 9:57 am Rhonda Says:

    Ok, I’m going to admit Guacamole isn’t my thing but it sure is my sister’s and hubby and when I sent her this recipe, she was beside herself to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CAN NOT wait to hear the name you choose for special little baby girl!!! COME ON………………… BLAB it out girl!!!!

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