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Spicy Guacamole

by Jamie on August 6, 2011

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I’m all for trying different foods – at least once. Sometimes one bite is all it takes to make me a convert – other times, that first bite will be the only bite of that food that will ever cross my lips. For instance, I’ve eaten a raw oyster and a frog leg once – I’ll never consume either of these foods again. Recounting those moments gives me the shivers. But guacamole – that’s a totally different story.

Up until about two years ago avocados and I weren’t on good terms. And if I’m being honest, I hated them before even giving them a chance. I think I had a negative textural perception of them. I’m big on textures and if something falls into the categories of slimy, gritty, jiggly or velvety (unless it’s ice cream) I immediately deem it as suspect.

A couple of years ago I was wandering around Whole Foods and lost Brian for a minute. When I found him, he was standing in the middle of the produce section oohing and aahing over a tub of $9.00 guacamole. I went over to inspect the situation and was welcomed with a guacamole covered chip shoved near my face. Of course, I got all dramatic, recoiled and claimed I hated the stuff. However, I decided to take a tiny nibble – just to prove to him that I did indeed loathe the velvety green dip. But I was wrong. I actually loved the stuff and immediately tossed the pricy container into our cart. From that day forward, I was a guacamole lover.

This guacamole recipe is one of the best I’ve found, and certainly my favorite. Try it at your next barbecue, or heck – on a random Tuesday night. Then come back here and tell me what you think.

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Spicy Guacamole

August 6th, 2011

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and scooped
2 limes, juiced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Sriracha* (use less or more to taste)
1/2 cup diced red onion (about 1 small onion)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (leave some seeds in if you want to crank up the heat)
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, toss the scooped avocados with the lime juice.
2. Mash the avocados using a fork or potato masher.
3. Add the salt, cumin, and Sriracha and mash.
4. Fold in the onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.
5. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

Notes:

- If you don't have Sriracha, you can substitute another hot sauce or use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- Play around with the measurements - If you like more garlic, add more, etc.
- If you don't like your guacamole spicy, simply omit the jalapeno and cut back on the Sriracha.
- Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber August 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Deep dark secret, I could say the same up until about 2 years ago. More embarrassing? I’m Texan. Now I can’t get enough of the stuff!

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Sara @ Saucy Dipper August 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Sriracha! That’s one guacamole ingredient I haven’t heard of before. Look forward to trying it.

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Mrs. Jen B August 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I am so happy this recipe was tops in my reader tonight – because I’m making guac tomorrow and need a recipe! :) Thanks!

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Nikki C August 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Ever since my gf made guac from scratch, I refuse to buy the store bought stuff. Her recipe is very similar for this one, except she adds the most fantastic ingredient: diced mango! It may seem a little odd, but the sweetness it adds to everything else is heavenly!

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Michelle Maskaly August 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I like that you give other variations in the “notes” area. It looks great. I love trying different variations of simple things, guac, salsa, sauce … because each person makes it just slightly different, and it gives it a different taste.

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Kimberley August 7, 2011 at 3:34 am

I love that you’re recipe doesn’t need any oil or fattening ingredients! It looks delish!

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Paula Feldman August 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

Love Guacamole in all its forms, shapes, textures. And in this case the spicey sound wonderful. Thanks for the good idea and it will definitely be a GO for the next couple of avocadoes I find…if I can find them(in the boot-shaped peninsula sometimes they’re hard to come across). P

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Savorique August 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

Guacamole and pesto sauce are my favorite dips for a healthy, tasty snacking. Avocado is amazing and actually quite versatile. I have tried a vegan chocolate mousse made with avocado!

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Rhonda September 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I have to say that vegan chocolate mousse with avocado has me intrigued.

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Maris (In Good Taste) August 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

Guacamole is one of my very favorite food and I am anxious to try this delicious recipe

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

Made me laugh; I’m SO with you on raw oysters. As much as I loved North Carolina when I loved there for 10 years, I don’t miss having people try to convince me how good they are. I tried one once and ewww is a nice way to describe them if you ask me.

I told the story in a post I did once; my mom going with a neighbor to visit the neighbor’s home state of Texas. Coming back with avocado. Making guacamole. That I would not touch. I was probably 10; it was probably 8-10 years before I finally tried it and was sad I had avoided it all those years!

Love this recipe; I like some heat and I like some texture too. When they’re right on…who needs chips? :)

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Kelsey@aslolife August 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Avocados and guacamole are pretty much staples around our house–we add them to pretty much anything we can get away with!

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen August 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Guacamole is hands down my favorite snack ever. I would choose a bowl of guac over a big slice of cake any day. I’ve always wanted to post a guacamole recipe on my blog, but my “recipe” is always a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and I lack the patience to write down precise amounts for it. Your recipe looks great – I love the addition of Sriracha! I only tried that for the first time recently and it’s my new favorite hot sauce!

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Karyn H August 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I could eat guacamole every single day. Yum! I will have to this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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Ann August 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I’m SO glad you gave guacamole another chance! Whenever I go to parties, I bring my mocojete and guacamole fixins’ with me and make batches and batches of them. I also travel with it when I visit my sisters…it’s a must!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 8, 2011 at 12:53 am

This sounds simply scrumptious!

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Mimi from California Avocados Direct August 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

Growing up in Vermont, I never ate avocados or had any idea what to do with one. My first night in California was the night that guacamole entered my life! It wasn’t until I met an avocado farmer, who caught my attention with the most enormous bowl of guacamole I had ever seen (at a potluck party) that I began asking questions. That farmer and I have been married for almost 30 years now, and live in guacamole heaven. Our family live revolves around avocados: farming, cooking and eating! In all this time I have never even heard of Sriracha! Is this an ingredient that is easy to find, or only found in specialty shops? (To be honest, when I make guacamole, I use a good, natural salsa with some garlic powder and call it a day.) Would love to try Sriracha! More info, please?

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Jamie August 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Mimi-
Sriracha is a hot chili sauce. It can be found in most markets in the ethnic food aisle. Here is a link. Have a great day!
-Jamie

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adi August 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

i add a little nigerian cayenne to make mine spicy :). always a hit!

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Maria August 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I’m not always a huge guacamole lover but will definitely try this at some point!

Savorique – you’re SO right, avocado chocolate mousse ROCKS! I love it. I also love it frozen instead of ice cream. I’m now designing a website for my own company (Miracles with Maria) which is a culinary nutrition business. Here’s the most basic avocado mousse recipie I use and I’ll be posting other variations as well. One thing to keep in mind – I use agave nectar in place of sugar – it’s a syrup that comes from a cactus plant in Latin America and is low on the Glycemic Index so if you need to watch your sugar intake it’s a good alternative. I prefer the raw version of all the ingredients but it’s not necessary. Agave nectar can be found in some grocery stores and pretty much all health food stores. Medjool dates are a large kind of date and are easily found in health food stores as well as quite a few bulk food stores and some grocery stores.

Jamie – I love your blog and the recipies too!!! Thanks for being awesome. You should include a list of where you buy all your plates, cutlery etc in fundamentals. I adore most of them and have no idea where they come from.

RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
12 medjool dates
4 tbsp agave nectar (play with this if you like it a bit sweeter)
8 tbsp raw cacao powder (you can play with this measurement too)
1 pinch cayenne or chilli powder (optional)
3 cups water

Method:

1. Pit the dates and soak them in water for at LEAST two hours and up to overnight. I usually try longer as it makes them softer.

2. Blend the soaked dates, agave nectar and about half a cup of the soaked date water until smooth.

3. Mash the avocado then add it to the food processor along with the cacao and cayenne/chilli powders. It’s important that you do mash the avocado before putting it in the food processor as overblending it can give it a funny flavour.

4. Blend on high speed until silky smooth and enjoy! If it’s not smooth enough just add a bit more water from the dates to loosen it up.

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