“Ahuacamolli,” how the Aztecs used to call it, or guac in modern days, is the result of a traditional and flavorful dish known all over the globe made of avocados. The avocado finds its origins in Central Mexico, where it grows naturally. For this reason, guacamole was created by the Aztecs who inhabited that region, and rumor has it that guacamole was Moctezuma´s favorite snack. Not bad, considering that avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, are high in potassium, and are a good source of vitamin C and E and antioxidants.
Wondering where most avocados are produced? Well, an interesting fact is that this pear-shaped fruit (yep, it is a fruit) is mainly grown in the Mexican state of Michoacan, where you will find the presence of volcanic land that is prime territory for its cultivation.
This creamy, nutty mild flavor had been assimilated into American culture. In fact, it is one of the most widely consumed products during the Super Bowl, a significant event in contemporary American culture. And due to the increase in popularity in the 21st century, we celebrate National Guacamole Day on September 16th which is the same day as Mexican Independence Day.
Whether you add lime juice, tomatoes, onions, elevate this tasty green blend into the spotlight.
Here some guac ideas:
Traditional Mexican Guacamole Recipe
Makes 4 servings
- 2 Avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1 Cup chopped tomatoes
- ¼ Cup chopped onion
- ¼ Cup chopped cilantro
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (Optional)
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Mash avocados in a bowl until creamy.
- Mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and jalapeno pepper into mashed avocado until well combined; season with salt and black pepper.
All American Guacamole Recipe
Makes 4 servings
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 2 ripe, fresh avocados
- 1 1/2 tsp. lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup roasted corn
- 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cloves of garlic in a piece of tin foil and drizzle with the olive oil. Wrap up the cloves in the foil and place into the oven. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool and remove the cloves from the skins. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash together the avocado, roasted garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper until creamy.
- Add the roasted corn, cherry tomatoes and sweet onions; stir to combine. Adjust salt and pepper if desired and serve.
Mango Madness Guacamole Recipe
Makes 6 servings
- 2 large ripe hass avocados, peeled and pitted
- 2 Tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1 Small clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon minced onion, red or yellow onion
- 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno
- 1–2 Teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 Teaspoon celtic gray sea salt, or to taste
- 1 Cup diced mango chunks, 6 ounces, I used 1 champagne mango
- Place the peeled and pitted avocados into a medium sized bowl and sprinkle all the toppings except the sea salt and mangos over the top.
- Using a fork, mash the minced ingredients into the avocados to help release their flavor. Mash until your desired consistency is reached. Then stir in sea salt to taste and add the mangos.