They gave us chocolate, an act that surely deserves worship. However, on November 14, Spicy Guacamole Day, we praise the Aztec gods for another culinary contribution.
Originally, guacamole was a frugal concoction produced by mashing ripe avocados and salt with a mortar and pestle. However, since those sixteenth-century days, it has been elevated to the highest levels of avocado worship.
Avocados are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but healthy or not, they can still pack on a lot. Frankly, if you are going to consume those calories, a bit of mashing and pounding the old-fashioned way might cancel them out.
The food processor plays a major role in modern guacamole making, resulting in a smoother texture, but it’s just not as satisfying without those soft chunks of creamy goodness.
Tomatoes, onions, green chilies and lime juice have all made their way into the bowl. The addition of chilies, such as chipotles, create spicy incarnations. Spice is nice, just temper the heat with a cool margarita, another Mexican potion that is loved by all.
Spicy guacamole serves as an addictive dip for tortilla chips, and don’t even bother trying to eat just one. Enjoy it over steaks and burritos, flautas, chimichangas and enchiladas, or as a dressing for taco salads.
This Spicy Guacamole Day, pull out the mortar and pestle. Make two batches, one traditional and the other loaded with texture and heat. Mix up the margaritas and raise a toast to the Aztec gods.