Guacamole With a Side of Cheer

A festive take on a staple appetizer to whip up for your holiday parties


Looking to impress your friends and family this holiday season with a spicy new app? Ditch the cheese plate and try a festive take on a classic favorite—guacamole.

Executive Chef Oscar Padilla of Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge invites you to create a fine dining dish from the comforts of your home.

Not only does it taste great, but the cheery red and green ingredients match the spirit of the season. 

Toro’s Chef Oscar Padilla’s Holiday Guacamole Recipe 

1.5 Avocado, cut in 1-to-2-inch cubes
1.5 Lemons
30 grams Cherry Tomatoes; cut in quarts 
30 grams Sliced Sundried Apricots 
40 grams Roasted Yellow Beets; peeled and diced  
20 grams Orange Segments 
25 grams Goat Cheese 
10 grams Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 
15 grams Pomegranate Seeds 
1 gram Chili Flakes (optional if you want some spice) 
Salt to Taste  


In a bowl mix the avocado cubes, cherry tomatoes, apricots, roasted beets, orange segments, and chili flakes (if desired). Add a dash of salt (to taste) and squeeze the lemon over the ingredients. Mix everything very well. When plating, add on top the goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate seeds to garnish. 

Opened in July 2020,Torois an inventive concept by the acclaimedChef Richard Sandoval,who is known forhis highly regarded restaurants around the world.Toro specializes in authentic Pan-Latin cuisine with locations in Belgrade (Serbia), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Denver (Colorado), Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Istanbul (Turkey), Snowmass (Colorado), and Scottsdale (Arizona). Toro brings Latin flair to a casual, yet sophisticated, Cherry Creek Denver setting.

Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge
150 Clayton Lane, Ste B
Denver, CO 80206

Categories: Entertaining, Recipes