Smoky Chipotle Guacamole & Guac-Lock Review

Smoky Chipotle Guacamole | She Paused 4 Thought

When was the last time you ate 3-day old guacamole? Never, right? It is notorious for turning brown quicker than a chameleon slurping a cup of joe—until now. The secret is not an ingredient, but a clever container called the Guac-Lock that prevents oxygen from turning your gorgeous green guacamole into brown sludge.  coffee and chameleons

Introducing the Guac-Lock™

Being a food blogger means I get to try new products, which is one of my favorite parts of the job. Most are clever, but the Guac-Lock is ingenious because it solves one of those truly head-scratching problems – how to keep guacamole fresh.

It was no surprise to me the creators of this practical innovation are women. Thanks to “Mompreneurs” Jane Caplan Och and Sharon Lonner Prince for designing something in the Guac-Loc that is truly functional. Go team!

How it Works:

Simply fill with your freshly made guacamole and seal the locking lid and press the base upwards.

Guac Lock Steps 1-2

Air under the lid gets forced out of the container to keep guacamole fresh longer and without turning brown from oxidation.

Guac Lock Steps 3-4

You can conveniently use the Guac-Lock to store and serve.

The Test:

I made guacamole and sampled it every day for 5 days. Yes, that is right, I ate 5-day old guacamole. By day four the guacamole was starting to lose its bright green color, but still tasted good. Day five was the cut off, not because it went brown, but because it tasted fermented. I was pleasantly surprised by this gadget.


  • Keeps guacamole fresh enough to serve to guests for 3 days, and an extra day for leftover use.
  • You can store and serve guacamole in the same container — which is BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
  • You can also use it for other dips and sauces such as hummus, salsa, cocktail sauce or tzatziki.


  • You need to read the directions or watch the video before using this to get the best results. It is not intuitive.

Today’s Recipe:

The trick to making perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Melissa’s Produce supplied me with ripe avocados for this recipe.

The other key ingredient is Chipotle chiles which are dried, smoked jalapeños. Adobo is a slightly sweet, tangy sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a multifaceted pantry staple, not to mention perfect in Guacamole.

Smoky Chipotle Guacamole
Recipe type: appetizer
This guacamole has a smoky flavor that will have your guests swooning.
  • 3 large avocados or 4 small ones
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 vine ripe tomato, seeds removed, finely diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 chipotle pepper, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo (from the chipotle can)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  1. In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and mash. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix everything together.

The Guac-Lock can be purchased online. You can also buy a chip tray your Guac-Lock can drop right into.

Guac Lock with chip tray

Preparing guacamole in advance makes your party planning so much easier with this clever invention. I guess its time to entertain more.
…and then, she paused for thought.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a Guac-Lock to test and review along with avocados & tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce to make the guacamole. All opinions are my own.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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4 Responses to Smoky Chipotle Guacamole & Guac-Lock Review

  1. Sue@itsokaytoeatthecupcake July 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    Cathy, what a great write-up! I love the reference to the coffee-slurping chameleon…and the chipotles in the guacamole; sounds delicious!!

  2. myimpkitchen August 6, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Wow! That’s pretty cool! And Sue is right, the chameleon is adorable! <3

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