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Pico de Guac

Pico de Guac

Pico de Guacamole

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 servings

Cooking time

15 minutes

Rate this recipe

5 from 8 votes


  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced (about 1 pound)
  • 4 tomatillos husked, thoroughly rinsed, diced (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 tart green apple, such as Granny Smith rinsed, diced (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 celery sticks thoroughly rinsed, cleaned off strings, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño or serrano chiles or to taste, seeding optional, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper part of stems
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 3 ripe Mexican avocados halved, pitted, meat scooped out and diced

To Prepare

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the avocados and mix well. When it is all thoroughly combined, incorporate the avocados and gently mix. Serve immediately or you may cover and chill until ready to serve.


42comments inPico de Guac

  1. Judy Romano

    Aug 17

    I have been watching you for years and love your show. I just made this, so good. I’m so happy to find your recipes online. Even though I quit buying recipe books, (i have way to many)I’d buy yours in a heartbeat. Thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Thanks to you for following Judy!

  2. Wayne Oldford

    Jul 13

    I have made this a dozen times–always a hit at every party. It is perfect to put over any grilled white fish. So fresh and delicious!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 28

      Awesome, so glad to hear!

  3. Laura

    Jul 09

    Gracias Pati por esta receta! Perfecta para una cena de verano!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 11

      Muchas gracias Laura, que bueno que te gusto!

  4. Lorelei Kryzanek

    Apr 30

    Could I make this, sans the avocados, let it all chill overnight and add the avocados the next day? I miss seeing you every Saturday!!!! 🙁 Thank you for bringing your sunshine to us.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Absolutely Lorelei, actually this would be the way to go to prevent avocados from turning brown overnight 😉

  5. Raymond Garner

    Jul 31

    First of all I literally eat tacos everyday for lunch, so, I love making all kinds of salsa. I’m following you on Instagram and am enjoying your salsa week right now and am getting all the recipes. However, what is this Pico good with since it has apples in it?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 01

      I love the apples in it…they give a nice crunch and flavor. I hope you give it a try, Raymond.

  6. Sheila

    Apr 09

    Wonderful dish. Thank you. I am celiac therefore, enjoy alot of the dishes you present because they are gluten free.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 12

      I’m so glad that you can find lots of recipes that meet your needs and that you love, Sheila.

  7. Donna Takash

    Mar 25

    I made this yesterday for a big family reunion. What a hit!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 26

      So happy to hear this, Donna!

  8. Nancy Williams

    Aug 07

    I saw this recipe on a show on the PBS channel, l came in in the last of it though, so thank God she said the name of the recipe, oh my goodness, l haven’t tried it yet, but I’m stopping at the store to night to get what l need to make it, the ingredients are awesome, so l will be making it tonight. Mexican food is my favorite, of all foods, though Guamanian and Philippino runs close. Thank you for This recipe it is so awesome.

    1. Pati

      Aug 08

      I’m so glad you caught the recipe, Nancy! Have fun making it.

  9. Paula Godfrey

    Jul 27

    Never had tomatillos before so I was anxious to make this recipe. Unfortunately couldn’t get ripe avocados so made it without, it was still delicious. A keeper. Love watching Pati, great recipes.

    1. Pati

      Jul 27

      I’m sorry you couldn’t find good avocados…but so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Paula!

  10. Abigail Blake

    Apr 27

    I made your pico de guac last night and it was fantastic. Very refreshing and crunchy and brightly flavored. My brother loved it and is taking what little we had leftover to the restaurant where he works so some of his co-workers from Mexico can taste it. Will definitely make this one again. Thanks.

    1. Pati

      Apr 28


  11. LuzmaVE

    Feb 22

    I love your show and the recipe many hugs from Canada. I am Mexican and I am very proud that you can show the beauty of our country and the diversity of our food. All the best for you always 🙂

    1. Pati

      Feb 23

      Thank you so much…this means so much to me. Abrazos, Pati

  12. LaClaire S

    Sep 18

    I just made this tonight.. it’s delicious!!!!! It’s crunchy, fresh and tangy and the avocado adds a great flavor to it. I’m adding this to my recipe collection!! My husband and I are bad at eating fresh veggies.. this makes it easy and something to look forward to.. this will last us a few days! Que rico!! I hope you have more marathons on PBS soon!!!

    1. Pati

      Sep 26

      YAY! This makes me incredibly happy to read!

  13. June Wood

    Feb 13

    LOVE, the Pico de Guac!! Went to a party where a guest brought it as a side dish. I could have ate the whole thing myself! She did not have the Avocado. I’ll try it. I liked it so much I rushed out to get all the ingredients. Thank you

    1. Pati

      Feb 14

      OOOOOOOH… much better with avocado!

  14. Cynthia Aragon

    Feb 01

    I absolutely love your show and recipes!!!!

    1. Pati

      Feb 01

      Thank you for tuning in, Cynthia!

  15. Cynthia Aragon

    Feb 01

    I absolutely love your show and recipes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Richard

    Oct 24

    Making this Pico de Guac for my niece’s 21st birthday tomorrow, going to pair it with chicken mole, rice and potato salad. We’ll see how it turns out.

  17. Samantha

    Oct 13


    First of all: You reply to comments? You are AWESOME.

    Second: I watched your show for the first time this weekend and absolutely loved it. I’m totally going to surprise my man with the amazing recipes from this episode when he comes back from his work trip! I’d never heard of toasting pasta in oil before but it looks absolutely fabulous. Thank you for having such a great show and radiating your enthusiasm and positivity! Love!

    1. Pati

      Oct 15

      Samantha! Thank you so much for your kind words and for tuning into the show! Good luck with the recipe!! =)

  18. Leticia

    Aug 15

    Hi Patti
    My daughter has a BBQ this weekend and I have been going nuts for something to take. I initially signed up for frijoles charros but am so uncomfortable about my cooking ability that it makes me nervous. I later found out that they are having burgers and hot dogs. Do u think this will pair up nicely? Look forward to hearing from you my daughter saw this and was like mommy we have to make it. She so cute

    1. Pati

      Aug 21

      Hola Leticia, I think it goes great with burgers and dogs!

  19. sarah

    Aug 03

    I will be making this for my sister this week 🙂 I loved the marathon of your show yesterday, and love Mexican food for the many corn based options that make it gluten free. I also love Mexican food because it TASTES AMAZING! Your recipes are do-able and look simply delicious. I have already shared your page with everyone in my office today!

    1. Pati

      Aug 03

      THANK YOU, Sarah!!

  20. Beth

    Jul 06

    Pati –
    I made this for the 4th of July. Perfect for the pontoon. WHAT A BIG HIT! Thank you! I had to share the recipe with many people ! Next time we might add a couple extra avocados!

    1. Pati

      Jul 06


  21. LT

    Jun 21

    I saw your show and knew I had to make this. I had to search the internet to find it. We love guacamole and we love it slightly chunky and this one has so many veggies in it! I’m super stoked. It makes perfect sense the flavors….I kept thinking…why didn’t I think of this? Lol making it now! So happy to find your website too. Want to try your other recipes and start catching your show. Thanks for this 🙂

    1. Pati

      Jun 21

      I hope you liked it!

  22. Rachel Valdez

    May 18

    I love your show. So for the first time in my life I’m going to try to make something I saw on your PBS show. The Chipotle Chicken Pasta Casserole and the Pico de Guac. I’m not crazy about hot stuff, but it looks so good, I have to at least try it.

    Thanks for a great show, love to watch you and your kids. God bless you and your family and hopefully this recipe will work out.

    1. Pati

      May 20

      We just had it for dinner last night: I bet you are going to LOVE it just like my boys do, Rachel!

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