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Shrimp and Mango Guacamole

May 1, 2014

I honestly had no idea that Cinco de Mayo existed until approximately 2 years ago. After reading the executive summary of the holiday on Wikipedia I have determined that it is in fact an American holiday. Well technically it’s a Mexican holiday but Mexicans in the US started celebrating and not surprisingly everyone else jumped on board a holiday that involves Mexican food and plenty of drinking. Please don’t quote me on this…

Despite having American citizenship (my Mom is a Jersey girllll) I seemingly know very little about the good ole’ US of A. Don’t ever ask me a question about US geography, the electoral system or the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner. Having spent almost 25 (minus a few) years living  in Canada, I very much consider myself Canadian…with American citizenship.

Shrimp and Mango GuacamoleFun fact! C also is a dual citizen. His Mom is Canadian, which means both of us carry passports for both countries. He on the other hand grew up in the nicest state in the union, Minnesota. He is American through and through, but if you were to ask him his nationality he would say that he is both American and Canadian.

He knows this irks me immensely. I feel quite strongly that he is an American, who just so happens to enjoy the sport of hockey. He doesn’t say “eh”, he couldn’t tell you the name of the only female Prime Minister of Canada or the capital of Saskatchewan. But the boy does love his maple.

Shrimp and Mango Guacamole 2Needless to say, my life has been a bit of an identity crisis. I voted for Obama (democrats abroad yoooo), I pay American taxes but I couldn’t sing the National Anthem for the life of me. Cinco de Mayo will always feel like a foreign holiday, but that’s not stopping me from face-planting into this Shrimp and Mango Guacamole.

God. Bless. Ammmmurica!


Shrimp and Mango Guacamole

  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1/2 medium sized red onion, finely minced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and deveined, finely minced
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp, chopped (thawed if using frozen)
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • papper to taste


  1. In a large bowl mash up avocados with the back of a fork or a potato masher. Leave chunks if preferred.
  2. Add in onion and garlic and stir to combine.
  3. Add in jalapeño, shrimp and mango. Stir.
  4. Squeeze in lime.
  5. Add salt, cumin and pepper, to taste.
  6. Let sit for at least 10 mins to allow flavours to meld.
  7. Serve at room temperature with tortilla chips.


  • Serving Size: 8

Shrimp and Mango Guacamole 4What’s your nationality? Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 1, 2014 at 5:34 am

    This is the revenge for the picture isn’t it. Guac and PRAWNS. My two favourite things merged into one.

    Here I am trying to score a green card and here you are with TWO of the most coveted citizenships. FOUR between you both. Let’s swap that for my nationality…you know you wish you were PMA. Persian Malaysian Australian. Boom.

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    May 1, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I always enjoy your stories! Loved this one!!!!! 🙂 This guac looks really delish!!!!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 1, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo either even though I grew up here in the states. My love of hockey though would make one think I grew up in Canada!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 1, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Everything I love in one dish THAAAAANKS GIRL. I know nothing about Canada and my geography is awful and I’ve lived in the U.S. my whole life so…. I’m not judging.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 1, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Did you ever see the Rick Mercer ‘Talking to Americans’ thing? Whenever I think of how much Americans actually know about Canada, I remember them going along with Rick Mercer’s ‘Prime Minister Poutine’ skit.
    I’m not even the slightest bit American, but I’m all for a holiday that focuses on margaritas and Mexican food.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    May 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Loooove me some guacamole! I will celebrating Cinco De Mayo in Mexico next week which sadly, as you mentioned, is not actually celebrated in Mexico. I’m sure we’ll find some other rowdy Americans to drink with to celebrate this fake, but wonderful, holiday. Although I must say, in our experience it’s usually the Canadians who party the hardest down there!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    May 1, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Ooookay Minnesota is *debatably* the nicest state in the union. I’m going to have to disagree on that one 😉
    Love guac. Never thought to add fruit to it. You’re just a genius I guess! And shrimp!? My girl.

    Last year I thought I was so cool because I was able to celebrate cinco de mayo with real margs out at a restaurant. This year I won’t be partaking, sadly. I’m off alcohol after Friday :p

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    kathy@vodka and soda
    May 1, 2014 at 8:36 am

    this is perfect because i’ve been looking for a good guac recipe! i’m chinese jamaican and people automatically think i’m half black. no, you dumb biatches, my family is from jamaica; it’s a cultural thing not a race thing. but it is cool to watch people freak out when they see a little chinese person speaking with in heavy patois LOL. i used to love seeing my high school friends freak out whenever they heard my dad speak.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    May 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever celebrated Cinco de Mayo, unless you count going to the Mexican restaurant by my high school for lunch and stuffing my face with queso and chips. But that happened at least once a week, so I’m not sure if I can use May 5th as an excuse…

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    Alex @ Alex Runs For Food
    May 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I’m american!! And from the nicest state, Minnesota!!! Love it here!
    I’m not Mexican but any excuse to eat Mexican food I’ll take it!! I love quesadillas burritos and enchiladas!!! And of course guacamole!!!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    May 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

    This was a great story! Have you guys traveled internationally together (aside from US and Canada)? I wonder how you would decide which passport to show … sometimes the US passport is helpful; other times it is a huge pain and Canada would be much more helpful! Would never have thought about shrimp in guacamole – love it!

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    May 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I’m American through and through…and a NYer at that. Haven’t lived there in 16 years, but it’s still in my blood. I walk and occasionally tawk like one too My kiddo was born in Los Angeles, but left when he was three. He has been known to frequently sing the Canadian National Anthem in the shower. He kinda sorta knows it in French, too, but some of the words are “made up”. He ate quac when he was 2, but after 4 gave up all things green (except mint chip ice cream).

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Democrats unite haaaayy!!! Shrimp AND guac AND mango? Can’t even freaking handle it. One of my roomie’s was birthed on cinco de mayo, so we always have extra fun on that holiday 😉

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    May 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    You are SO a Robin Scherbatsky. I always think of her when I think of you. And yeah Cinco de Mayo is basically a holiday for white people to wear sombreros and drink tequila, ha!

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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    May 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I’d consider myself an American through and through, considering my ignorance of geography of even the country above me. Sadly, I know very little about Canada. My husband traveled there for work a few months ago, and I literally googled every place he told me he was. Needless to say, geography was never my strong suit.

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Mango in my guacamole…holly yum! I’m part in Mexican (in my head) because I’ve lived there on and off for years so I totally get your dilemma although not to the same extent because I do know the words to the national anthem lol! But I diverge…I don’t celebrate cinco de mayo. It’s technically not a real holiday in Mexico. It was actually created by Americans. I may have to celebrate it a little with this fun guacamole.

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    May 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve been confused about Cinco de Mayo too. If you look at an American calendar it has an “M” next to the holiday, making it seem that it’s only a Mexican holiday. Honorary holiday then? Who knows. I’ll take the excuse to eat and drink Mexican food because I love it so. LOVE guacamole and this looks delicious! 🙂

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    May 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I’m a smorgasbord of nationalities. Any day that encourages eating Mexican cuisine is one I’ll celebrate!

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    May 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    My lorddddd you kill me with these recipes my friend. Ugh now I want shrimp. And guac. And mango. Damn I don’t have any of those things….

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve never celebrated Cinco de Mayo before but I have some friends that do.

    Mango in guacamole?! I’ve never tried that but it sounds amazing!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    100% Canadian, baby! Maple syrup runs through my veins 😆 I suppose I could technically be Polish too, seeing as both of my parents are from there.

    And I feel I should tell you that combining shrimp and avocado is blasphemy… But that might just be allergy bias talking.

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    May 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I love that you voted. I guess technically I could vote in Italy… do they have an election? Not like I could read one word of the ballot. Dual-citizenship is a funny thing.

    This looks delicious, thanks for trying to kill me with it though… also I feel like C is definitely American. I’m going to conveniently forget he has Canadian citizenship.

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    May 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    YUM!!! This has some of my favorite flavor combos all mixed into one bowl of deliciousness!! Now I sort of want to host a Cinco de Mayo party just to make this – sad that I can’t make it happen this weekend!!! Oh, well, later this summer we will just do a Mexican themed party!

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    May 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh my gosh. How I miss guacamole. I am allergic to avocados and whenever I see a big bowl of the guac I stare at it longingly and ask someone nearby to eat it for me so I can watch them chew.

    I don’t have many friends.

    But I do hold Canadian/New Zealand citizenship! I’m hoping that my kids one day will have dual citizenship.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Mmm I love shrimp, avocado, and mango together! And all mushed up together? Even better!

    I honestly didn’t know about Cinco de Mayo until the past few years either. I think it was actually when I started reading blogs (of mostly Americans at that time). It’s definitely not as big of a thing here as it is in the US!

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    May 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday here in Mexico, but I don’t think people go as buckwild. Daniel says they use it as an excuse to get drunk though, so that sounds about right. Mango guacamole is my new favorite version of guac!

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    May 1, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Guacamole is everything. Literally. EVERYTHING. So is mango. Soooo this guacamole is life. Yayyyy!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    May 3, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Woot woot for dual citizenship! And for fancy guac. Mmmm.

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    Healing Tomato
    May 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This is a great recipe. Love the pictures too.

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    John @ Garage Gyms
    May 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    fun read. Come visit Texas for Cinco. We’ll show you how to celebrate it properly =p

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    June 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for this! I made this yesterday for lunch with my folks–it was a hit! I tried to save some for the dh, but I had the leftovers for lunch today. Whoops—gonna have to make more.

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