There was some serious birthday magic going on Sunday May 21st in Danbury. Not only is is a mere day before my own birthday, but two of my favorite spots, Rice and Beans and Stanziato’s threw a block party to end all block parties. When I first wrote of the food truck, I knew it had a certain je ne said quoi, but I later figured out that it had some Gemini finesse behind it. In honor of R&B’s 1st birthday, there was endless food, bangin’ drinks, loud music and of course, a guacamole contest. Now, while I placed 3rd, a little confidence never hurt anyone, and so I will continue to boldly proclaim my guacamole as the superior recipe. No disrespect to the crowned winner, Tony of Mecha Noodle Bar, and the esteemed judges, but I did see all of you go back for a third helping of my spicy guacamole. So let me have my Kanye West moment and say that I have the best guacamole OF ALL TIME.

To be honest, this recipe comes from my mom, who is the most amazing chef that has graced this planet. Everyone thinks their mom is a good cook, but Mama Vick will blow you out of the water, and she is the woman behind my good taste. Mom adds garlic to her guac, which I left off this recipe, but you may add a clove or two if it suits your fancy. Use this recipe as a guide, but know that like any good recipe, you have to trust your own palette and taste as you go. Use the measurements as a loose guide. Without further ado:

Mama Vick’s Spicy Guacamole

  • 3 Hass Avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped, with seeds
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Fresh ground black pepper (4 grinds will do)
  • Fresh ground sea salt (more than you think you will need, approximately 8 grinds)
  • 1 shake red pepper flakes
  • 1 dash of cumin
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Mash avocado with fork. Add other ingredients and mix thoroughly with fork. Let stand and then enjoy!

It’s critical to let the guacamole “marinate” for at least 5 minutes, so taste it after those 5, otherwise you may be setting someone’s tongue en fuego.