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Autumn Tailgating Guac-Off Party

Guacamole can arguably boast a fan base as diehard as football, so why not spice up fall football viewing with a good, new-fashioned Guac-Off? The competition, like that on the field, will be stiff, but the rules are simple and everybody wins.

We like to plan a guac-off around a football game viewing party, but you don't have to. The guac-off works just as well to spice up an ordinary cocktail party, or in lieu of the traditional wine tasting.

How to Host a Guac-Off

Let guests hang out, with enough time to test all the guacamole.

If you're watching a game, announce Last Call for Guac and direct testers to the guacamole table one last time.

Before the game starts again, they'll have time to enter their votes.

Announce the winner after the game, or before guests begin to leave.

Party Tip: Really make your winning guest feel like a champion by handing out a trophy. For the guac contest, craft an avocado trophy. If you're having your guests compete in another type of competition, create a different, thematic trophy!

Guac-Off Game Rules

Time to get this guac-off started! Use these tips you get your friends and family in on guacamole action!

Guac-Off Invitation and Entry Rules

There's really no limit to how large or small you can make your guac-off. Make your guest list and send an invitation with entry guidelines, but remember--this is all for fun.

Have participants RSVP under deadline as either a contender or taste-tester. Contenders should send the official name of their concoction--PENNY'S PICANTE HOT GUAC, for example--along with a recipe (to be compiled into a guac-book for a party favor).

Contenders should come to the party with a batch of guacamole (it might be helpful to set a quantity minimum of one cup) clearly labeled--this helps the hosts designate each contender, and ensures that everyone will get their own containers back!

Along with their guacamole, contenders must hand in their entry fee--the amount is up to the hosts, but we like $5 a pop.

Taste-testers should arrive with an empty stomach and an open mind!

Guac-Off Menu

Tortilla chips
Queso dip
Vegetable crudite for healthier dipping

Guac-off Winner's Trophy

In addition to the prize money, gift the winner a bag--a reusable produce shopping bag, to be specific--of ripe avocados and the title of Guacamole Master. If the Guac-off becomes a tradition, they'll hold the distinction of being the first winner in history!

Guac-off Party Favors

Before the party, compile everyone's guacamole recipes into the Ultimate Guac-Book and make copies for all attendees.

You may wish, as soon as the winner is announced, to place a gold star on the winning recipe.

Check out our favorite recipes for your Guac-Off.


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