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El Pinto Guacamole

Removing pits from avocados for guacamoleRecipe courtesy El Pinto Restaurant, Albequerque, New Mexico.

Making “Guac” with New Mexico’s Salsa Twins

The Salsa Twins say the secret to making exceptional guacamole is not to squash the avocado, but to coarsely chop it with a knife while it’s in the bowl. They season their guacamole with El Pinto salsa, lime, tomatoes, salt, and fresh chopped onion.

  • 4 large avocadoes
  • 1 teaspoon diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon diced tomatoes
  • 8 Tablespoons El Pinto Salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A splash of lime juice

Remove avocado pulp from skins and pits. Add 1 tsp. diced onions and 2 Tbsp. of El Pinto Salsa for each avocado, salt lightly and chop ingredients together. Add 2 Tbsp. diced tomatoes, salt lightly again, and fold all ingredients together.

chilies for El Pinto Guacamole

Fresh Anaheim chilies.

El Pinto Restaurant’s owners, Jim and John Thomas are in love with chiles, especially Anaheim chiles fresh or dried. They sell their salsas in more than 50 states.

El Pinto Salsa is available at many retailers in your area or you can buy online at

Baby Back Ribs & Chips

Baby back ribs marinated in red chile sauce and baked until tender produce El Pinto’s smokin’ hot, singature Red Chile Ribs. Serve with guacamole.

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.

2 thoughts on “El Pinto Guacamole

  1. Sue Gudgeon

    Have just found you on the web – am excited about my first visit to Albuquerque and to El Pinto next month for my son’s wedding. Your food looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try (and make) the guacamole dip. See you soon!

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Sue,
      Welcome to! You’ll love El Pinto. It’s one of our favorite places in Albuquerque. Write and let us know about your experience there and at other foodie venues in the Southwest. Cheers! — Bobbie, Editor RFT

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