Did you know that, according to Huffington Post, Americans eat more than 80 million pounds of avocado each and every year? The most common way we’re consuming the alligator pear, as the avocado is known in many places, is in fresh guacamole dips. What started as a savory, slightly salty Mexican dip has become an American food sensation.
Like many people, I believe that there are few foods that can’t be improved with a healthy dollop of fresh guacamole dips. Even so, I get bored of having to chomp my way through the classic guacamole recipes week after week, game day after game day. That’s why I’ve started to make little twists on the recipes my family uses, changing the answer to what is guacamole, if only a slight bit.
Three Flavorful Guacamole Hacks to Tantalize Your Taste Buds
- Turn Your Guacamole into a Margarita
- Roast Everything Before Putting It in the Guac
- Take a Trip to the American Southwest
Margaritas and guacamole go together like crab meat and clarified butter, so why not put the two together to create one of the most unique fresh guacamole dips you’ve ever tasted? California Avocado, head of the Golden State’s avocado industry, suggests following your favorite guacamole recipe, but mixing in equal parts lime and orange juice and tequila to make a guac that fuses the best of fresh guacamole dips and mixed drinks into one delicious concoction.
If you’re looking for a really simple way to completely change the flavor profile of your guacamole, start by roasting the vegetables. As the popular cooking blog 101 Cookbooks details, roasting the tomato, chile peppers, garlic, and avocado over an open flame before combining them together will give your guac a great smoky finish you’ll rarely find anywhere else. This method works whether you’re making a spicy guacamole dip or a sweet roasted garlic variety.
The term “Southwest” in cooking has become a catch-all for anything that has roasted corn and black beans in it, so you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that a Southwest-style guacamole includes both of those things. Add them to your recipe in whatever amounts you see fit, but do yourself a favor: make sure you add a touch of cumin to really bring everything together under a toasty blanket of earthy delight.
What are some of the things you do to supercharge the flavor of even the most basic guacamole recipes? Let us know in the comments below.