Guacamuffins and Guacpops for Cinco de Mayo

Miss Ava Cado, Mexico’s sultry avocado ambassador, loves Cinco de Mayo and wants to get Canadians excited about this fun-filled Mexican holiday.  Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862; It represents Mexican unity and patriotism.  Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico but is celebrated around the world with festive parties, dances and, of course, lots of delicious guacamole.

I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the Avocados from Mexico Cinco de Mayo Blogger Challenge where we had to submit an original guacamole recipe.  Now I LOVE guacamole – evidenced in the fact that we ate it most days we were in Mexico at Christmas – sometimes twice LOL!

But for this challenge, I wanted to rethink guacamole and present it in a different way.  I was inspired by the savoury cheese and chive loaf I made for French Fridays with Dorie a few weeks ago and wondered if I might be able to make avocado bread.  As I was thinking about how to do this, I suddenly thought of muffins.  I imagined a muffin with all the ingredients of guacamole, not mashed up but visible studs of colour in a golden muffin. Could I figure out how to do this? Would the avocado turn brown?  It was actually very very easy and the muffins were superb. Next time I might add bacon though 😉 So I hereby present – Guacamuffins!

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A twist on guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 small avocados, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, cubed
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried, minced garlic


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a small bowl combine the tomatoes, shallots, feta and lime zest.
  3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl until just foamy. Mix in the oil. Add flour, baking powder, oregano, cilantro and minced garlic and combine well.
  4. Cube the avocado and toss with the tomato mixture.
  5. Add the tomato/avocado mixture to the batter and fold in gently.
  6. Using a 1/4 cup measure, fill greased muffin tins.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  8. Serve warm, either as a snack or with a tomato soup.
  9. Muffins will keep a couple of days in an airtight container - after that the avocado starts to go brown.

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I loved how the avocado stays a vibrant green and how pretty it looks against the tomato and feta 🙂

As an aside to this unconventional interpretation of guacamole, I also offer you something a little more recognizable: Guacpops!

I had one tiny avocado leftover from my guac experiment so I made a simple guacamole, popped it in the fridge for 15 minutes or so, then rolled tiny balls and coated them in crushed tortilla chips – blue and yellow.  I think they are a really fun way to serve guacamole at a party – so much less mess!

Try one or both of these recipes for your Cinco de Mayo party – I think you’ll enjoy these twists on a classic Mexican dish!

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80 thoughts on “Guacamuffins and Guacpops for Cinco de Mayo”

  1. Wow! What a great idea…who would have ever thought of making guacamole muffins? That’s amazing that they stayed green and look just like guacamole. Being the guac lover that I am, I just can’t wait to try these! And cool idea for the guacpops too – nice to know that the guac held together like that.

  2. Those muffins are so pretty and vibrant! My favorite way to eat avocado? A sprinkle of salt, a squirt of lemon or lime juice, and a spoon – right out of the “shell”. 🙂 When I was a kid, I used to buy myself an avocado for my birthday. That’s how much I love them. 🙂

  3. Loving those Guacopops, and since I have some left over sticks from the IIP I might have to give that a go! My normal go to Mexican dish is Veg. Enchiladas Verdes…I am a HUGE tomatillo fan

  4. Wow! You really had your baking groove on with these Mardi! Such a creative and inventive idea those guacamole muffins, they look delicious and your guacpops…love the idea!

  5. Mardi those guacamuffins are a genius idea, and I completely agree with you that I love the way the color of them stays true next to the tomato and feta. Kudos to you for being extra creative!

    Oh, and my favorite mexican dish… I have been loving rolled tacos topped with guac and spicy salsa!

  6. I love the idea of Guacamuffins. They remind me of corn muffins, with the virbant little kernel studs. But my favourite Mexican dish has to be really authentic street food tacos. Yum yum.

  7. I love guacamole even though I spent years avoiding it after my mother introduced me to it when I was about 10 when she brought some avocados home from a trip to Texas.

    I actually love it with a touch of olive oil, balsamic, sea salt and pepper served on a plate with tomatoes and do make my own version of Italian quac with those same ingredients and some pancetta.

    But my most favorite Mexican dish. This rice. The first time I made it I seriously had to have a word with myself to avoid eating the entire bowl that I had made for a party. It is amazing.

  8. Those guacamuffins looks so good! Salsa is probably my favorite Mexican food, followed closely by guacamole.

  9. Love the Guacamuffins! I agree, there is more to avocados than guacamole and sandwich topper:)
    I used to hate them, and now I cannot get enough.
    My favorite Mexican dish is a simple taco (any kind will do, as long as I eat it in Mexico:)

  10. Haha! I was already impressed by those beautiful guacamuffins, and of course by the name (no surprises there) and then you go and sneak in guacpops?! You genius, they’re fabulous! Why can’t I buy those at music festivals instead of Dagwood Dogs? WHY?!?!

  11. wow that looks reallyr eally good! and so creative! i love the creaminess of avocado in a dip, but nv thought of using the flavours in guacamole for muffins!

  12. Great post. If I have to pick one then I will say that my favorite Mexican dish is chicken fajitas, but I can make a meal out of guacamole so that should count too!

  13. My favorite Mexican dish? Everything! If I had to choose, I suppose I would pick some sort of layer dip or steak quesadillas.

    Your guacamuffins are brilliant!

  14. Oh guacamuffins where have you been all my life? Seriously, it’s my favorite things rolled into a portable muffin. Love.

    I love enchiladas with a brilliant rojo sauce, spicy and sweet and just perfect. Tosadas run a close second… topped with carinitas and some queso fresco… yum. Now I want mexican.

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  16. Just finished prinitng the recipe for guacamuffins so I too can make the most yummiest looking muffins I’ve seen in a long while.

    Mexican – well you know I just love everything Mexican – food, decor, the lot!! So much so, I’m having a pinata at my wedding……..

    But I must say, can’t beat quesadilla’s – so simple to make and a perfect accompaniment to margharitas.

    Won’t tweet cause I can’t tweet, but my canary, Cyril is learning to tweet at the moment.

  17. HAHA! You are so creative- I love it! Guacapops!! You have to eat them quickly so they don’t fall off their sticks, but I have a feeling that’s not a problem 🙂

  18. What a clever idea, Mardi! I love muffins, and I love guacamole… so I’m sure I would love guacamuffins (heck, the name alone makes them awesome).
    My favourite Mexican dish is tacos al pastor (tacos filled with marinated pork and pineapple and loads of cilantro), especially with some pickled onions and fresh lime juice to finish them off. So good.

  19. ANYTHING Mexican food is my favorite! I can’t wait to get to the store to pick up the ingredients for these muffins! Another wholesome way to get more avocado in!

  20. Love it! You are my new favorite food blogger – and it’s a bonus that you live in Toronto, too! My favorite Mexican dish is probably tamales, but I’m a HUGE fan of guac and I make it all the time. Love both of these ideas and I’ll be trying them both in the near future.


  21. My fave Mexican thing has to be the chocolate, “cause if it ain’t chocolate why bother.” So my fave dish is a good mole from Puebla, one made with the chocolate. Margaritas probably rank next on the list, then anything with avocados. Can’t wait to try these muffins, makes my mouth water.

  22. This is SOOOO awesome! I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw the title to this…I am in love with avocado first off and then guacamole, one of my favorite snacks. I am just amazed at this. I just HAVE to try this now…thank you SO SO SOOO much for this post. If I could buzz 99 times I would! heh 🙂

  23. My favorite Mexican food is taco salad…all the best parts of a Mexican dish (salsa, rice, beans, guacamole and chips) combined in a semi-healthy way!

  24. both are fantastic and creative ideas…. have to try the muffin at home

  25. What a great twist on guacamole! I’d never have thought of muffins or pops. I wouldn’t be surprised if you walked off with first prize!! Nicely done.

  26. Oh man, it has to be guac. And salsa. And vegie and bean burritos. Wait, do I have to pick one?

  27. I love everything Mexican, but my favorite is the vegetarian taco from the taqueria near us – black beans, avocado, and queso fresco in a homemade corn tortilla. So simple, but so delicious.

  28. My favorite avocado appetizer is fried avocados…quartered, battered, and fried…served with a spicy marmalade….it is creamy, crispy, savory, sweet, and spicy…the best!
    The muffins look interesting to me…I would try those!
    I love flan for dessert…creamy, sweet, and oh so yummy!

  29. My favorite Mexican dish… This is going to be difficult because there are so many delicious ones… But right now I’m hungry for Tamales so I’ll go with them! Since you were talking about putting a spin on guacamole I wanted to tell you that my friends made an awesome batch of avocado cookies one time and they were AMAZING!

  30. Since I grew up a picky eater, one of the first Mexican foods I recall enjoying was quesadillas! So although I’ve moved on to burritos, tostadas, guac and fajitas, I still love the basics. Great contest!

  31. Hi Mardi, I am loving your Guacamuffins! What a great idea, they look like they tasted fantastic. I too love that the avocado stayed green. I would leave everything the same on your recipe but would also like to try them with cornmeal 🙂

  32. I love just about all foods Mexican…but Guacamole is my favorite!! Those muffins look fantastic..I will have to give them a try!

  33. it’s fun to say guacamuffins and guacapops!
    hmm, I’m a sucker for taco al pastor sold off the street in Mexico!

  34. These guacamuffins are brilliant! And so are those adorable Pops… Cinco de Mayo at it’s happiest…Wow!
    My favorite Mexican dish, black bean and mushroom Taquitos 🙂

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