Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.

Rule #9: Make guacamole (Dad)

What can I say—people love your dad’s guacamole.

Over the years, you have seen me make it, but what you don’t know is why. I make this dip for two reasons: First, it’s important to have a popular go-to dish that you can bring to parties and one that you can prepare in your sleep. Second, my go-to dishes are ones that I like—also my spinach dip and chicken adobo—so accidental leftovers or a last-minute party cancellation mean guacamole for dinner! We all win.

Dad’s Guacamole Recipe, a.k.a., Big Bowl of Green Goodness

Directions: In a large bowl, mash all ingredients, and devour.

  • 6–8 avocados (pitted* and scooped)
  • 3–4 roma tomatoes (diced and drained)
  • 1 medium red onion (finely diced)
  • 2–3 cloves of garlic (peeled, crushed, to taste)
  • 1 jalapeño (roasted, seeded, diced, to taste)
  • 1–2 lemons (juiced, seeded, to taste)
  • 1–2 limes (juiced, seeded, to taste)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 cucumber (peeled, seeded, and diced)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (sprinkled on top)*To keep the guac from turning brown over time, keep 2–3 pits in the bowl during storage. Don’t know why it works, but it does.

Please feel free to play with this recipe to make it your own, but even more important, find your go-to and go for it.

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