PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE

February 1, 2010 9:20 AM
Chipotle Guacamole for any Party (or Disaster)
POSTED IN: Anytime Antojos , Recipes , Salsas, Pickles and Jams
TAGS: Adobo , Appetizer , Avocado , Chipotle , Chips , Food , Guacamole , Mexican , Tortilla , Totopos
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I am not one to prepare for disasters.

People can tell me a thousand times that severe thunderstorms are approaching, that a dry spell is forcasted or that a shortage of something essential like water (or coffee) will happen, and no, I will not be among the first to run for shelter nor stock up on provisions. I don't know if it is my continuous belief that despite humps and downs eventually things turn out OK or if I am lacking an alarm button...I just don't panic.

When I took it as a serious matter to go to the grocery store in the middle of my work day, at a rather inconvenient time, it wasn't because there is a strong snowstorm coming (though my boys did give me an absurdly long grocery list to prepare for it), it was because we ran out of avocados.

The grocery store was wild: an insane crowd was moving around the isles, lines like I have never seen at the cashiers and empty shelves throughout. But oh!...there they were: some beautiful ripe Mexican Hass avocados waiting for me to bring them home.

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Although we use avocados at home for an infinity of things... we also love guacamole. It just never gets old around here, nor I think, anywhere. Yet, one of the versions I like the most uses Chipotle Chilies in Adobo instead of fresh JalapeƱos or Serranos.

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The creamy, silky and mild nature of the avocados takes a jump into the sky when paired with the smoky, spicy, rich and complexly flavored Chipotles in Adobo.

It may be that avocados work so well with chiles, because avocados are one of their natural soothing counterpart: the spicy element in chiles called capsaicin which is an oily substance, dissolves best in other oily elements, alcohol or milk products. Avocados, being oily in such a wholesome way are the remedy to the heat in the same bowl. This being said, if you feel like pumping up the heat and flavor by adding more chipotle chiles, you may want to pair this guacamole with a nice cold beer. And while you are at it, why not scoop some Mexican style cream or sour cream on top of the guacamole too. YUM.

Needless to say, this recipe takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. But most importantly given the date, this is my loved contribution for your Super Bowl gathering... whether it turns out to be a disaster or a party (!).

Make extra portions as it flies as soon as you mix it all up. And since no guacamole is complete without corn tortilla totopos or chips, here is a link to help you make some at home. 


CHIPOTLE GUACAMOLE
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS
2 large ripe Hass avocados, about 1 1/2 lb, halved, seeded, meat scooped out and diced
1/3 cup white onion, chopped
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped, more if desired
Tortilla chips, toast squares, pita chips, crackers or vegetable sticks, optional

TO PREPARE
Gently mix ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Guacamole can be prepared up to 12 hours in advance if covered and stored in the refrigerator. Eat on its own, as a side, as a topping, or scooped with tortilla chips, toast squares, pita chips, crackers or vegetable sticks.

 






Comments

Hehe. I had a similar experience yesterday at the supermarket. Madness. Yet, because I know my taste is not that of most people's, I knew I'd find what I needed. Lo and behold, there they were: Poblanos, avocados, papayas. Will try out this guacamole this weekend! Thanks for posting it.

Monica | February 5, 2010 9:30 AM

Wow! I am sooo excited to try this out! Made my mouth water while reading, and I can but imagine what it tastes like. Thanks for an awesome recipe Pati!

Diana | February 5, 2010 10:26 AM

Your welcome ladies!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Diana | February 5, 2010 10:46 AM

Sounds very good. Do you generally leave out garlic when you make guacamole? Is garlic not a traditional ingredient in guacamole? The reason I ask is because I've always included garlic and never thought twice until I saw this recipe.

Thanks,
-Frank

Frank | March 3, 2010 9:40 AM

Hi Frank, I personally always, always, leave out garlic when making guacamole, and as far as I have researched and tried, it is not a traditional ingredient in guacamole. However, there are some new spins on the dish. I recently tasted one with roasted/charred garlic and corn from a caterer, and it was innovative and tasty. So it is really up to you (!) Try it with and without and see what you like best, or maybe it depends on the mood you may be at...

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Frank | March 3, 2010 1:00 PM

Dear Pati,

Thank you for sharing... I am sure your Guacamole was delicious. Just to let you know they are many variations depending on the demographics. On many occasions, you will find that some of the guacamole has fresh cheese, crema (sour cream) or queso cotija. It does vary and changes the overall taste of the guacamole...

By the way, my mom always uses garlic and fresh cheese, and JalapeƱo peppers... not to be prejudiced, but my mom's guacamole is the best!!!

P.S. The lemon juice is to prevent the avocados from turning brown... by using the lemon juice it will always be nice and green... always remember not to use too much lemon juice as sometimes you will overpower the flavor.

Thanks for sharing!

I Dumont

IDumont | June 21, 2010 5:09 PM

I tried your receipe today but I added mango and it turned out delicious. I have made guacamole before but I never diced the avocados. Your technique of dicing them made the guacamole look really good. I love this recipe!

Shauna | August 5, 2010 11:19 PM

oooooooh! Love the idea of combining it with the mango ; )

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Shauna | August 6, 2010 8:39 PM

Looks delicious! Parties do not have to traditional in order to be simple. You can serve various kinds of dishes to cater to the various preferences of food and taste of your guests.

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