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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Super Bowl Smackdown II: Rocking the guac

By Tim Carman
guac.jpg We Hass a love for guac. (photo by Renee Comet/styled by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

The first Smackdown focused on chili. The following one on guacamole. Hmm, I'm beginning to think the Food editor, a native Texan, may have rigged his own contest.

But never mind that.

The important thing is whether the guac recipes from Smackdown II in 2008 are still worth a dip. Food Editor Joe Yonan borrowed a page from Diana Kennedy's "The Cuisines of Mexico" (Harper & Row, 1972) for his Guacamole Tradicional, while Deputy Food Editor Bonnie Benwick took a "team" approach with her dip. She says this easy-to-make recipe has been a consistent winner with her team at home.

But is it a winner with you? Like the inaugural Smackdown in 2007, SD II had no official online voting. So now's your chance. Which guac would earn a place at your Super Bowl party? Bonnie's or Joe's?

By Tim Carman  | February 1, 2011; 2:45 PM ET
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I'll admit to cheating. Take the Costco guac, which is pretty much pure mashed avocado, and doctor it. Some finely diced red bell pepper, some finely diced hot cherry peppers (if I can find them, otherwise red chiles), a bit of cayenne powder, a little paprika and it's all… good.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 1, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The Diana Kennedy recipe has been reliably good and a winner at every event I bring it to (it's usually requested). I agree that citrus doesn't belong in the guacamole and several of the other ingredients in Bonnie's version, while common in other Mexican dishes, seem out of place to me in guacamole (cumin? sour cream? black pepper? hot sauce?)

I am voting without tasting Bonnie's version, but given my thoughts above my vote goes to Joe.

Posted by: ArlingtonSMP | February 2, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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