Actor Boris Karloff's guacamole recipe Avocado mash from Frankenstein's monster (1966)

Boris Karloff’s guacamole recipe

Boris Karloff scares people for a living, though how such a gentle, distinguished looking man could frighten anyone seems a puzzle.

A grownup who remembers Frankenstein and his monster and other lurid movies might suppose that Karloff’s favorite recipe would be compounded of wolfbane and batwings, seasoned with salamander tails. Or at the very least, it would be an exotic mixture from the foggy moors of Transylvania, properly served by a spooky butler who mysteriously appears out of the wall surrounded by eerie wisps of ectoplasm.

Not so. Karloff is a witty and urbane man of English birth, who began life as William Henry Pratt, and he loves fine foods.

Mexican food is a favorite of this veteran actor and of all his favorites the special one is Guacamole, an avocado-based sauce that he makes in a spicy, tantalizing fashion.

This recipe for guacamole from Boris Karloff is served on a bed of lettuce as a salad, or with fried tortilla wedges as an appetizer, or simply as a sauce.

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Boris Karloff's guacamole recipe

This easy guacamole recipe from actor Boris Karloff makes 10 to 12 appetizer-sized servings.


  • 2 avocados
  • 1 medium tomato chopped fine
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sherry
  • Dash cayenne optional
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Peel and mash avocados. Add tomato, onion and chiles, then stir in lemon juice, sherry and seasonings to taste. blending well.
  2. Serve as a dip for tortilla pieces or corn chips or as a canape spread.

Actor Boris Karloff c1960 and as Frankenstein's monster

About this story

Source publication: Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut)

Source publication date: November 10, 1966

Filed under: 1960s, Appetizer recipes, Celebrities & famous people, Entertainment, Salad recipes, Vintage Halloween

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