4 Tasty Tips for the Best Guacamole Ever

Istockphoto/thinkstockIstockphoto/thinkstockIt's hard not to get excited by someone expertly making guacamole tableside - most mouths will water at the site of the creamy, green avocado meat combined with a flavor-packed mixture of onions, chile peppers, lime, and cilantro. And while making guacamole at home is easy in theory, there are slight missteps that can occur along the way to ruin this favorite party dip.

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From the best tool for mashing avocados to suggestions for alternative dippers, chef Ivy Stark, of the popular Mexican restaurant chain Dos Caminos, shares her tips for making perfect guacamole.

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Best Chile Peppers
We use a combination of serrano and jalapeño peppers - serranos for heat and jalapeños for their fruity, floral aromas.

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Fun Twists
We have a version that adds mango, papaya, and habanero, and another one that adds lump crabmeat and chipotle chiles. Lobster and chicharones are also fun additions.

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Dip Ideas
Corn tortilla chips are the classic, but we also offer a crudité of cucumber, jicama, and radish to dip. Warm soft corn tortillas, fried pork rinds, and even pretzels are very good dippers.

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Key to Perfect Guacamole
The key is the perfectly ripe California Hass avocado. Once you have that, there is very little you can do wrong!

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-Yasmin Fahr, The Daily Meal