Take a Break. It’s Labor Day!

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Labor Day is the perfect day to keep everything simple.  Guacamole and a refreshing margarita sounds perfect on a hot day like today.  Let’s put our feet up and sip on this cocktail and dig into the creamy, delicious guacamole.  For years I’ve been asked to make guacamole and mango margaritas for family occasions.  Now the recipe is yours.   You will be the talk of the town with this dynamic duo.  The guacamole is special because it hits all the notes our palate wants.  Heat from the chiles, sweet from the corn, acid from the limes, salt from the cheese, and crunch from the tortilla chip.  The mango margaritas are so perfectly balanced with the sweet freshness of the mangos and spice from the Tajin.  Cheers!

Time-20 minutes




4 Haas avocados smashed, 1/2 cob of charred corn kernels, 1 Roma tomato diced, 3 TBS of red onion diced, 2 jalapeños diced, 2 TBS of cilantro chopped, 2 garlic cloves diced,  juice of 2 limes, 1/2 tsp of kosher salt, and a sprinkling of graded cotija cheese.

Mango Margaritas

4 cups of Jose Cuevo mango margarita mix made with Tequila, 1 cup of frozen mangos, 14 ounces of mango sorbet, 1 cup of ice, 1 lime wedge to help with rimming margarita glass, Tajin for rimming of glass and finishing of drink.

Guacamole Preparation

On medium high heat char corn in a dry cast iron skillet on all sides.  A griddle, skillet, or grill will also work.  This will take about 10 minutes to get all sides charred.


Shave half of the charred corn kernels with a knife and catch in a bowl.  Save other half of corn for another use.


In a bowl add avocado, corn kernels, tomato, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, garlic and lime juice.  Mix together well and season with salt.  Add as much cotija cheese as you like for added saltiness.

Margarita Preparation

In a blender add Cuervo mix, frozen mangos, mango sorbet and ice.  Blend margaritas until smooth.  Rim glass with lime juice and dip into Tajin.  Pour mixture into glass and top with a sprinkling of Tajin for added flavor and color.  Cheers!


Cook’s Note

  1.  Guacamole tends to come out a little different every time I make it.  The heat from the chilies and juice from the lime vary.  This is just a road map.  If you like it spicier use serrano pepper instead of jalapeño.  If two jalapeños are too spicy, remove it or just use one.  If you like it more acidic use more lime juice.  You can always add more salt if that’s what tastes good to you.
  2. Finding Jose Cuervo Mango Margarita mix with Tequila can be hard to find.  I have used the regular lime mix and have added my own Tequila.  They both work well because of the fresh mangos and sorbet.  If you find a mix without tequila just add one shot of Tequila to each drink.  I find that’s the perfect amount for everyone.


The Author

First off, I'm not a writer. This should be abundantly clear as you read this bio. I'm not a trained Chef either. I'm a Mother, Wife, Registered Nurse and Fraudulent Chef. Why a blog you ask? Well, I don't want to be a line cook, executive Chef, or a restaurant owner. I just want to cook what I want, when I want, and for who I want. Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I don't even consider myself a blogger because I don't blog often. So advertising dollars and web fame is not my motive. Finding the time to cook, write up a recipe, photograph it while maintaining a job and household is challenging. However, it has given me great joy over the years to see people carrying on dishes that I've developed. It's also an online cookbook that I can reflect on. My cooking is an expression of the strong women in my life and inspired dishes from my favorite restaurants. I'm a recipe impostor of dishes from restaurants I love. Furthermore, many of the recipes are spruced up from my childhood. I'm a Mexican-American, native Californian who has spent time in New York and married a first generation Costa Rican. My cooking reflects all of these aspects. Karen's Kitchen is not a Mexican food blog. As much as I'd like to fit into a pretty little red, white and green box. I find it too limiting and reject the notion of creating a Latino point of view because it makes a blog cohesive. So my recipes are all over the place, with no rhyme or reason. Home cooks never apologize for not graduating from culinary school. You will find that my recipes are easy to follow and geared for the home cook. They look amazing and will make you look like a Domestic God/Goddess in front of your loved ones. It's my hope that you find the love for cooking and make some of my recipes your own. Cheers to cooking, eating and surrounding yourself with lovely people.


  1. Janie says

    Karen your Guacamole was delicious yesterday with the Mango Margarita. Perfect twosome!

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