There's more than one way to slice an avocado {Chunky Avocado Salsa}

Every time I use avocados in the kitchen, I am reminded of a funny story involving my niece, who was 7 years old at the time.

We had just moved to Mexico and were living with my in-laws.  My niece spent most Saturdays at my suegra's house playing with my two kiddies, Hope and Nick.

One particular Saturday, my suegra was busy preparing lunch.  I, being the awesome nuera (daughter-in-law) that I am, asked my mother-in-law what I could do to help.  She immediately put me to work slicing avocados that she would use as a garnish.

I quickly sliced the avocados and arranged them nicely on a platter.  Then we all sat down and enjoyed the delicious meal my suegra prepared.

Everyone except my niece.

She looked rather forlorn as she sat at the table, pushing her food around her plate with her fork.

My suegra asked her "Mija, you love avocados.  Why aren't you eating?"  She lifted her gaze to me, then turned to my suegra and said...

"My tia sliced the avocados the wrong way!"

Silly me, I had sliced them lengthwise, and not the "other way", like my suegra.  Oops! 

 Just goes to show you that there's more than one way to slice an avocado! 

Chunky Avocado Salsa


  • 3 avocados
  • 2 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilies, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime

Slice avocados in half lengthwise around the pit.  To remove the hueso, carefully whack the pit with your knife, so that the blade sticks into the pit.  ("Carefully whack?"  I ♥ a good oxymoron!)  Turn slightly to release the pit. 

Scoop out the avocado flesh using a spoon.  

 Chop the avocado into bite-size pieces.

Toss the avocado into a bowl with the chopped tomato, onion, cilantro and serrano chilies.  Season with salt and fresh lime juice. 





  1. I make this salsa to add to your fish tacos

  2. Oh boy, looks divine. I love avacados. Do you know that we have about 50 avacado trees in pots in our back yard, We have 3 planted but they have not and don't look as though they will give. The nursery says they take about 7 years to produce but in most cases when you grow them from the pitt, that plant has to be spliced with another. I don't know, my husband grows them. Your avacado dish looks so darn good. I told my husband that those darn avacado trees probably won't give fruit until I'm gone and then I'm going to be so darn mad. Oh, but I'll be gone la vie. Tee Hee. Have a great week.:DD

  3. My Granddaughter did this the other day about an apple I sliced up! This sounds yummy. Kind of a pico guac!

  4. Now where was this recipe yesterday when I was attempting to make guacamole for the first time to go along with the carne asada nachos and chicken w/rice quesadillas for my guests last night??

  5. Love your pictures and story. I just did a post on avocados as well today. I got so excited because my Hass avocado tree has thousands of buds/blossoms on them this year. Last year we had such a freezing winter here in Florida, no buds or avocados last summer. This year we should have a tree full. Just love avocados so much, so needless to say I am very happy this winter wasn't anything like last. As always, enjoy your posts so much.

    Have a wonderful week.


  6. Yay! Your back! By the this avocado salsa with carne asada!

  7. Never seen avocados sliced this way! Whatever way that's still a killer recipe.

  8. I love this salsa on everything. But I've never tried it on fish tacos. Sounds like it would be DELICIOUS. :)

  9. That is why I have got to be the world's worst gardener. I would not be able to wait that long for an avocado. :)

  10. Ooo, I can just taste it now. Can you Tweet me some?

  11. ooo, fish tacos - makes me shudder. I guess I am just not adventurous.

  12. Hi, Just discovered your blog while perusing the SITS forum. I love your recipes. Thank you for sharing. Yr invited to visit my blog, its a baking blog and I'm also doing a giveaway this week.
    Btw, the Agua de Avena is my favorite!!
    Thanks for sharing, Jackie

  13. I-love-aguacates!!!! I would never think to prepare them this way. Simple ingredients and totally mouth-watering. I'd probably eat it straight or on tortilla chips.

  14. LOL this makes me laugh bcus when i was at my boyfriends house an his mother asked me for help with the guacamole i felt the same!! they cut the aguacate the short way which i think looks weird lol an i cut mines length way!! hehe i thought it only bothered me! :)