I remember discovering guacamole on an extended trip to Mexico when I was six years old. I’ve never forgotten that first, heavenly bite or the adventure of seeing it prepared in front of me in a traditional molcajete.
Homemade guacamole is fresh, delicious, and easy to prepare. Frankly, I’ve never understood why anyone would buy the green mystery goo sold in supermarkets. I am certain that once you’ve tried homemade guacamole, you won’t be tempted by the processed version either.
Believe it or not, guacamole is an Aztec dish that can be traced back to the 16th century. They called it ahuaca-mulli which meant “avocado sauce”. Apparently, guacamole’s appeal was as universal in the 1500s as it is today. The Spanish explorers even took the idea back to Spain.
Unfortunately, avocado trees did not exist in Spain at that time. So, the explorers were obliged to come up with some creative substitutions. However, since nothing can replace the silky mouth-feel of fresh avos, the dish never took off.
In the Americas, by contrast, guacamole has continued to be a family favorite for the last 500 years. So much so, in fact, that the US celebrates National Guacamole Day on September 16th every year!
Suggested Uses for Fresh Guacamole
Many people think of guacamole as little more than a dip for tortilla chips. However, I use it in lots of other ways as well. Some of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy this delicious condiment are:
- With eggs at breakfast
- On a warm baguette
- As a sandwich spread
- On quesadillas
- As part of a taco salad
- On baked potatoes
As you can see, the uses for guacamole are limited only by your imagination and the availability of ripe avocados! Bon appétit!
Homemade guacamole is tasty and easy to make that you'll never buy it at a shop again! Adjust the number of jalapeño peppers to suit your family's taste. I normally use about 3. Jalapeños are usually quite mild. However, a pepper's heat can vary from batch to batch. So, taste and adjust to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Homemade guacamole is tasty and easy to make that you'll never buy it at a shop again!
Adjust the number of jalapeño peppers to suit your family's taste. I normally use about 3. Jalapeños are usually quite mild. However, a pepper's heat can vary from batch to batch. So, taste and adjust to avoid unpleasant surprises.