Try the “radical” recipe that had guac-lovers everywhere up in arms.

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Here’s the recipe that caused the current fuss as provided by Melissa Clark of The New York Times. She described the dish as a collaboration between ABC Cocina’s chef-owner, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his chef de cuisine, Ian Coogan, calling it “the best kind of greenmarket tweak upon a classic.”

Green-pea guacamole


½ pound fresh sweet peas, shucked (½ to 2/3 cup peas)

2 small jalapeños

2 tablespoons packed cilantro leaves, chopped, more for garnish

¾ teaspoon salt, more as needed

3 small ripe avocados, mashed

2 scallions, whites only, sliced as thin as possible (about ¼ cup)

Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 1 lime, more as needed

1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds

Flaky sea salt, for serving

Tortilla chips, for serving

Lime wedges, for serving


• Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and prepare a bowl with water and ice. Plunge peas into the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 1 minute. Drain peas and immediately transfer to the ice bath. Drain.

• Heat broiler to high and broil one of the jalapeños on a heatproof pan. Cook, turning occasionally, until jalapeño is completely charred. Transfer to a small bowl, cover tightly in plastic wrap and let sit for 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, use a towel to wipe off the charred skin. Halve, seed and devein the roasted jalapeño. Then halve, seed and mince the remaining raw jalapeño.

• In a blender or the bowl of a food processor, purée peas (reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish) with roasted jalapeño, minced raw jalapeño, cilantro and ¼ teaspoon salt. Process until almost smooth but still a little chunky.

• In a medium bowl, combine mashed avocado, scallions, lime zest, lime juice, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and the pea purée. Adjust salt and lime juice as needed and garnish with fresh peas, sunflower seeds and flaky sea salt. Serve with tortilla chips and lime wedges.