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Prep time: 10 mins + 15 mins to 2-3 hours marinating

Cook time: None

Yield: 2-3 cups

With two young children now,  Gerry Castillo and Laura Pomerance rarely have time to cook their favorite meals. They do, however, still make foods that others might buy prepared. Among their favorites, and their kids’ favorites, too, is guacamole. What to pair guacamole with? In the Castillo-Pomerance household, the obvious choice is latkes. As Gerry says, “They go well together—latkes, guacamole and sour cream.” This combination is not a Chanukah-specific treat in their family. They eat latkes and guacamole frequently, even on Passover. After all, Laura points out, it’s easy to make latkes without flour. “Everything goes with guacamole,” she says, “Especially in this house.”


  • ½ small Vidalia or other sweet onion, minced
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped into pieces the size of your fingernail
  • 1 Serrano chili pepper, minced (seeds removed if you prefer it more mild)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Coarse sea salt to taste


  • Cover the minced onion in the juice of a lime and marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably a few hours. When you’re ready to prepare the guacamole, mash the avocado and mix with all the chopped and minced ingredients. Add sea salt and more lime juice to taste. Guacamole improves if you let the flavors meld for an hour or more before serving.

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