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Observe National Guacamole Day with an Easy Guacamole Recipe

September 16 is special for many reasons. Not only is it National Guacamole Day, but it’s also Mexican Independence Day which has been observed since 1810!

National Guacamole Day is one of the many days dedicated to Mexican food. Some others are National Tortilla Chip Day, National Burrito Day, National Quesadilla Day, National Chimichanga Day, National Taco Day, and National Nachos Day

Celebrate this September 16 national day by learning the avocado facts below, and by getting the easy guacamole recipe at the bottom of this post.

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Visit this national days guide for more information about the history of national days and why we celebrate them.

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Guacamole ingredients

Guacamole is a Mexican dip made from avocados. While some guacamole recipes use additional ingredients, all recipes use the same base of guacamole ingredients: avocados, lime juice, onions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and salt.

Some recipes use additional spices like cumin, cayenne pepper or garlic. Others use ingredients that provide more texture, like tomatoes or roasted corn. Additional garnishes often include Cotija cheese or radishes.

Guacamole recipes can also experiment with different levels of spice and sweetness.

To make a more spicy recipe for guacamole, you can add a hotter pepper like serrano peppers. If you want a homemade guacamole recipe with a sweeter flavor, try adding mango or pineapple.

Avocado facts

Celebrate National Guacamole Day by learning these facts about avocados. Some may surprise you!

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  • Avocados originated in Mexico, and to this day, Mexico is still the leading producer of avocados.
  • National Avocado Day falls annually on July 31.
  • Like pumpkins, avocados are technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Both of these foods are often mistakenly thought of as vegetables.
  • Two of the biggest holidays for consuming avocados are Cinco De Mayo and the Super Bowl
  • Avocados are a climacteric fruit, meaning, they ripen once separated from their plant.
  • Unripe avocados have light green skin, and when they ripen they have darker skin. Unripe avocados are firm to the touch, and ripe avocados have a slight give to them when light pressure is applied.

How to celebrate National Guacamole Day

Would you like to celebrate National Guacamole Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.

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Facts about avocados

Learn more avocado facts to celebrate this September 16th national day.

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  • Avocados have more potassium than bananas! In fact, half an avocado contains more potassium (487 mg) than an entire medium banana (422 mg).
  • When boiled, avocado pits and peels turn water a pinkish red color, and can be used to dye clothes.
  • Avocados can be used as a recipe substitute to replace butter in dessert recipes using a 1:1 ratio.
  • An early name for the avocado was “alligator pear”.
  • Avocado oil has a higher smoke point than most other oils, which makes it a good oil for frying food. For example, the smoke point of avocado oil is roughly 520°F, and the smoke point for extra virgin olive oil is roughly 410°F.
  • You can grow an avocado plant from the pit of an avocado submerged partially in water. However, plants grown this way rarely bear fruit.

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More September 16 national days

Did you enjoy learning about National Guacamole Day? Well you’re in luck, September 16 is host to more than just one national day! 

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Here is a complete list of all the September 16 national days:

  • National Guacamole Day
  • Mexican Independence Day
  • National Step Family Day
  • National Working Parents Day
  • National Collect Rocks Day
  • National Play-Doh Day
  • National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • Mayflower Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

More national days in September

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in September.

To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in September. If you enjoy doing puzzles, be sure to also check out the September word search printable which features many of the national days hidden in a word find puzzle. 

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Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the September food holidays here.

Be sure to also check out these national days this month:

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Yield: 4 servings

An Easy Guacamole Recipe to Celebrate National Guacamole Day

A bowl of guacamole with guacamole ingredients around it including avocados, lime, tomato, cilantro, serrano pepper, lemon and salt.

Guacamole is a delicious appetizer that can be enjoyed during many days of the year.

Make the easy guacamole recipe below for a tasty treat that's simple to put together, and full of flavor.

This homemade guacamole recipe is vegan, gluten free, and absolutely delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 a small white onion
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Slice your avocados in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove the pits of your avocados and discard.
  3. Take a spoon and run in around the inside of the skin to remove the avocado and place it into a bowl.
  4. Mash the avocados with a fork or a potato masher.*
  5. Dice half of a small white onion and add it to the bowl.
  6. Remove the seeds from your roma tomatoes, dice them, and add to the bowl.
  7. Remove the seeds from your jalapeno, dice it and add to the bowl.**
  8. Finely chop your cilantro and and to the bowl.
  9. Dice the garlic and add to the bowl.
  10. Juice one lime into the bowl.***
  11. Add a half a teaspoon of salt.
  12. Mix all of the ingredients together, and serve with tortilla chips.
  13. If desired, garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a sprinkle of salt on top.


*You can mash your avocado until smooth, or leave it chunky, depending on how chunky you like your guacamole.

**You can omit the jalapeno if you prefer mild guacamole. If you do decide to use it, try to touch the seeds as little as possible, and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

***Using a lemon lime squeezer makes this process very easy! We have one linked below that works well for juicing both lemons and limes.

Note: If you have leftover guacamole, we recommend storing it in an airtight container (like the one linked below) to help reducing browning.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 11gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.

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