Guacamole is one of the staple foods in my house. It's quite versatile: it goes well with eggs and bacon for breakfast, makes a very filling snack if you dip some homemade tostones (twice-fried green plantain chips) in it, and it even functions as a side dish when paired with paleo meatballs. I also love to dip freshly cut veggies in homemade guacamole. It's a great dish to bring to parties, pot lucks, or other gatherings, too.
While plain guacamole is delicious, it's also nice to get creative with a flavored guacamole sometimes. This is one of my absolutely favorite fancy guacamole recipes. It's both spicy and sweet, with chipotle and mango being the dominant and complimentary flavors. If you can't get your hands on a good mango (they're a summer crop), you can substitute fresh pineapple.
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Sweet & Spicy Mango Chipotle Guacamole
Total time: 10 min
- 4 ripe Hass avocados
- juice of 1-2 limes
- 5 Tbsp diced fresh tomato
- 5 Tbsp diced white onion
- 4 Tbsp diced fresh mango (or pineapple)
- 2 Tbsp finely diced fresh jalapeno pepper (about 1/2 pepper)
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp chipotle powder (increase if desired)
- approx. 1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
- Peel avocados and discard pit. Slice and add to a large bowl. Use a fork to mash avocados into a paste. I love to use this handy dandy avocado tool becuase one time I almost cut my pinkie off trying to de-pit an avocado using a knife when my hand slipped (seriously).
- Squeeze lime juice over avocado immediately and mix using the fork. This helps the avocado to stay green and not turn brown prematurely. Start with one lime and add additional if necessary.
- Dice tomato, onion, mango, and jalapeno, chop cilantro, and use a garlic press or finely mince the garlic and add everything to the bowl.
- Add sea salt and chipotle powder to bowl and stir well to combine everything.
- Taste it! Make sure it doesn't need any minor adjustments. Making delicious guacamole is an art, not a science :)
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