Yesterday’s nacho recipe got me thinking Mexican inspired appetizers and that usually means one of only a few things in most people’s mind, either salsa or guacamole. Now you could replace the tomatoes in this appetizer with salsa of your choice a tomato based salsa would be a nice replacement. But in this dish I use nice fresh tomatoes to give it a nice cool element which is why I also suggest refrigerating it for a bit before serving to so it has a nice cool element in it although there is not a lot of heat in this one there is a bit from the Chipotle peppers I use in the guacamole.
Now you know I have been focusing on the lead up to the fifth on north of the border cuisine and this is for two parts one I have set out on a one woman crusade (in a good way) to change peoples opinion of the whole north vs. south of the border food debate and set my eyes on showing people that labels are silly good food is just that good food. Well as part of this I have tried to focus on dishes and recipes although distinctly Mexican in feel they are not what you would call traditional or authentic in the more basic of ways but if someone was to put them in a category they would come closes to a real Mexican dish then say any other cuisine type and therefore something of interest to my readers.
Now one of the largest places outside of Texas and Mexico of friendly Mexican inspired cooks would have to be California and Southern California in particular thus hence the name Mexicali. Now when I asked some of my staff and dear friends if they had ever heard of it most had said no and I replied think Tex-Mex only with a California influence just as Tex-Mex is prevalent in Texas so is Mexican inspired cuisine in the Golden State. It only makes sense and to think that these immigrants are any different than the Italian American’s contributions to Italian cuisine or Chinese immigrants contribution to Chinese cuisine why would southern Californian immigrants from the land of Mexico be any different. Continue reading
Some of us like our food a little more on the spicy side than others do, even when it comes to guacamole. Normally a relatively mild avocado based dip, guacamole can be and is often made spicy and if you like yours hot, then this spicy guacamole recipe is definitely for you.
Offering plenty of kick from spicy Serrano chilies, this is a guacamole which is certain to satisfy the heat addicts in your household. Other than the higher level of chili peppers, it’s a more or less traditional guacamole recipe, with the usual suspects present: avocado, tomato, cilantro, onion and lime.
While the ingredients list looks pretty standard, heat has a way of bringing a different kind of flavor profile out of your guacamole. Contrasted with the heat of the peppers, the avocado seems creamier, the citrus more vibrant and the cilantro sharper. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of hot peppers, you may want to try this recipe (you can always adjust the amount of Serrano peppers to make sure the guacamole won’t be a little too much for your taste). Continue reading
We tend to think of guacamole solely in the context of Mexican cuisine, though of course you’ll also find similar avocado-based condiments in Central and South American cooking as well as in the Caribbean. Even this may be too narrow of a way of looking at guacamole, since even a basic guacamole recipe provides adventurous cooks with plenty of room to experiment.
One flavor combination which works especially well but that you may not have thought of before is the Cajun-style flavors of Louisiana. It’s a different kind of spicy cuisine, though many of the flavors will be found in Mexican (hot pepper, onion, tomato) as well as Caribbean (thyme) cooking, both cuisines where avocado is commonly used.
One surprising difference you’ll find in this Louisiana-style guacamole recipe is the use of lemon, rather than lime juice. It’s a small change, but one which adds a different kind of bright acidity and flavors to this delectable dip. Continue reading
Guacamole is usually a pretty simple affair. Avocado, tomatoes, lime juice and perhaps some onions, cilantro and hot peppers. However, it’s also a flexible recipe which allows a lot of room for cooks to innovate and discover new flavor combinations which appeal to their individual tastes.
Take this recipe for guacamole with olives, for instance. Black olives are an ingredient which you’ll occasionally find in Mexican cooking, having been introduced to Mexico by Spanish colonists. While the idea of using olives in guacamole might seem a little odd at first, just give it a try; you may find yourself enjoying the combination a lot more than you would expect.
The richness of the olives and avocado blend well with one another, with the sharpness of the onion, cilantro and jalapeno, along with the acidity of the tomatoes and lime juice creating a harmonious whole. If you’re a fan of garlic, feel free to add some to the recipe as well. Raw garlic isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy it, it adds another, delicious dimension to this innovative guacamole recipe. Continue reading
Do you like guacamole? Chances are that you do (especially since you’re reading this right now) and while many of the commercially available brands of guacamole are quite good, there’s simply no comparison to fresh homemade guacamole. For instance, you know how much better the guacamole from your favorite Mexican establishment is in comparison to what you can pick up at the grocery store.
However, there’s just one thing stopping you from enjoying your very own guacamole – you’ve never made it before and aren’t sure how to make it. As it happens, it’s actually very easy to make and the results are fantastic. If you’ve always wondered how to do it yourself, this easy guacamole recipe will get you on your way towards making some truly memorable guacamole in your own kitchen.
The ingredients are basic – avocados, tomatoes, onion, Serrano chilies, cilantro, lime juice and spices. However, the combination is much more than the sum of its parts and once you’ve made this easy guacamole recipe, you’ll never want to go back to premade. Continue reading
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