The contenders: Alton Brown, Rachael Ray, Ayesha Curry, Marcela Valladolid, and Beyoncé.

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Guacamole: the ultimate snack to serve at Super Bowl parties, cookouts, and everything in between.

Guacamole: the ultimate snack to serve at Super Bowl parties, cookouts, and everything in between.

I mean, who doesn’t love guacamole? It’s fresh, creamy, and perfect for parties — but not all guacs are created equal

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To try to find the absolute best guac recipe, I decided to test five of the most popular recipes.

To try to find the absolute best guac recipe, I decided to test five of the most popular recipes.

This was my lineup:

1. Alton Brown: Because Alton is all about technique, and something as simple as guacamole really comes down to that.

2. Rachael Ray: Because even though I was pretty skeptical of her almond, chipotle, and apple guacamole, you can’t argue with the fact that crunchy + spicy + sweet is usually a good combination.

3. Marcela Valladolid: Because I wanted to try something unexpected, and her recipe for mango guacamole with chili oil sounded like just the thing to spice up the competition.

4. Ayesha Curry: Because her recipe for guacamole with hot sauce seemed really straightforward, and sometimes the best recipes are the ones that don’t overcomplicate things.

5. Beyoncé: Because anything Beyoncé touches is gold (let’s be real, she doesn’t do average), and I had a feeling her guacamole would ~slay~ the competition. 👑 🐝

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SO WHO WON?

SO WHO WON?

THE WINNER: Marcela Valladolid

This guacamole was unlike anything I have ever had before. It was inventive and had the perfect combination of tart, salty, sweet, and hot. If you want something totally unexpected (and seriously delicious), go with this winning recipe. Get the recipe here.

SECOND PLACE: Beyoncé

This recipe was well balanced and tasted amazing. It had all of the delicious ingredients that make up a good batch of guacamole, and all in the right amount. If you want something simple, flavorful, and crowd-pleasing, go with this one. Get the recipe here.

THIRD PLACE: Alton Brown

This recipe all came down to seasoning — and it just didn’t work. It was too heavy on the cayenne (so much so that it gave it an ugly brown color) and lacked salt. Get the recipe here.

FOURTH PLACE: Ayesha Curry

This guacamole was pretty underwhelming. It lacked texture and freshness, and tasted flat. It needed more acid and/or more herbs — something to brighten it up and bring it to life. This would make a decent spread for toast, but not a great guacamole. Get the recipe here.

LAST PLACE: Rachael Ray

This recipe was the complete opposite of Marcela’s. The apples didn’t compliment the avocado like the mango did, and the almonds were unnecessary. They added texture, but the flavors didn’t work at all. Get the recipe here.

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