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Tomatillo Guacamole Starter

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So, this is my new favorite guacamole. I know I already have a guac recipe, but this one is way different and much easier to make on the fly. It’s really a “starter” that you make up to 2 weeks in advance and then you just add avocados when you’re ready.

I’ll be honest, my least favorite part about making guacamole is having to chop everything when you decide you want some. I’m kinda lazy in that when I want some food, I want it now. Not 30 minutes from now after I’ve prepared and cooked it. Same goes with guac. So while it takes effort up front, this is 10 avocados worth of guacamole and you only have to make it once.

Bonus: the lime juice prevents the avocados from browning, so you have this pretty, green guac no matter how long it sits out.

I asked my husband what this recipe should be called. Since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, he suggested “The Super Bowl of Guacamole” (sarcastically, of course). Obviously, not what I went with, but wanted to mention it anyway, out of spite, you know 😉

Tomatillo Guacamole Starter | Our Paleo Life

Tomatillo Guacamole Starter

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Avocados ripen in the blink of an eye, so be ready to make the best guacamole when they do with this Tomatillo Starter. Keep a jar in the fridge for a salsa dip or add some to an avocado. Perfect dip either way.


  • 12 Tomatillos
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 large Shallot, about 1/4 cup, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves Garlic, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, + more for roasting the Tomatillos
  • Cilantro, optional
  • Avocados


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Peel the papery coating off the tomatillos and discard. Rinse the tomatillos under water and gently rub to remove any sticky residue.
  3. Cut the tomatillos into quarter and place cut-side-up on the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool while you prep the other veggies.
  5. I prefer to roughly chop/chunk/dice the tomatoes, shallot, and garlic to make sure I don't have huge pieces in the guac. This is a personal preference, so if you like big chunks, skip this step.
  6. Add the tomatillos to the bowl of a food processor or the jar of a high-powered blender (like a Blendtec with the Twister Jar). Process until it is smooth. There will always be seeds, you just don't want huge chunks of tomatillo in there.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients (except avocado) to the food processor/blender and pulse a few times until you've reached your desired consistency.
  8. Store the tomatillo mixture in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  9. When you're ready to make some guac, cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and dice the flesh. Lightly mash the avocado with ¼ cup of tomatillo mixture per avocado.


  • NOTE: We're not a cilantro-loving family. If you are, toss some cilantro in there when you pulse everything together.
  • Nutrition Facts do not include avocados that you mix this into to make the guacamole.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 67Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 149mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 1g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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Michele Mobbs

Monday 29th of December 2014

Hello. I love guacamole and am interested in your starter. However, i dont think we have tomatillos here in Australia, at least I havent seen them at the regular supermarkets. Do you have a suggestion for an alternative? thanks, Michele.

Kendra Benson

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

I have only made this using tomatillos, but it's possible you could get a similar result using green or under ripe tomatoes. If you try it, let me know how it turns out for you.

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