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My “Loaded Guacamole” is a regular party favorite. Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, I thought it was time to share.  Here’s my guarantee, you will be the hit of any party you attend or host, promise.  Now, I know the whole 7 layer Mexican dip thing is very popular, but I find them to be a bit annoying (and oh so 5 years ago). Way too much mayo and forget getting all 7 layers on your chip before the whole thing gets swallowed up and you look like an idiot with a half empty chip in your hand.

My solution, store bought Guacamole (good store bought) and lots of added goodies on top. (If you insist on fresh made Guacamole, awesome, buy those avocados 2 to 3 days in advance and place them in a paper bag. Last resort you can Microwave but not recommended.)

For my latest variety, I added fresh squeezed lime juice, chopped cilantro, sliced black olives, sauted red onion, yellow and orange bell peppers, and fresh tomatoes. Add grated Cheddar cheese, sour cream, Queso Manchego, scallions, black beans, whatever floats your Mexican boat. This is a never fail hors d’oeuvre and just in time for that Cinco de Mayo party you have in the works.

The store bought brand I prefer is Wholly Guacamole. They have not paid Jersey Bites, contacted Jersey Bites or even heard of Jersey Bites, so no disclosure required. This is my personal recommendation. I get Wholly Guacamole at Costco in a 3 pack and keep it in the freezer. You can defrost on the counter or in the microwave. For other locations, check their site.  If you have a favorite Guacamole brand, leave a comment, I’m sure our readers would appreciate it. Enjoy!!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo.

Deborah Smith , Founder and Executive Editor of JerseyBites.com.  Launched in 2007 as a home for her growing collection of recipes, Jersey Bites soon grew into a hub for all things edible in the Garden State. Deborah is also the owner of Parents With Nannies, Inc. which operates a network of nanny employment websites established in 1999.  In her spare time, (Ha) she works as a Social Media consultant and speaker.  You can learn more about her services and marketing through social media on her blog www.DeborahLSmith.com