Muir Glen Signature Recipes - Salsa Guacamole

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Salsa Guacamole

Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:20 min
Makes:12 servings (1/4 cup each)

1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen organic fire roasted or Muir Glen plain diced tomatoes, well drained
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon coarse (kosher or sea) salt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small fresh jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped

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