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Pioneer Plate:  Salt Lake City Cruz Family Guacamole Recipe

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Pioneer Plate: Salt Lake City Cruz Family Guacamole Recipe

Jenny Anderson

First introduced by Jorge Cruz at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA in 1968, this recipe was put into a cookbook in Salt Lake City, Utah when the Cruz family moved there in 1983.

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  • 3 ripe avocados 

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced 

  • 1/2 red onion, chopped 

  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, seeded and diced 

  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped 

  • 1 jalapeƱo pepper, minced 

  • Juice of 1 lime 

  • 1 tablespoon cumin 

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt 


  1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Reserve one pit and set aside. 

  2. With a spoon, scoop avocado from skins and mash with a fork. 

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine.