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National Spicy Guacamole Day 2017

Quote of the Day: I suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they’re either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live. Frank Bruni

National Spicy Guacamole Day

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Snapshot of the History of Guacamole

November 14th is National Spicy Guacamole Day 2017. The Aztecs used avocado to make this sauce (dip) as early as the sixteenth century. The Spanish fell in love with the avocado and brought it back to Europe after they conquered the Aztec. The California Avocado Advisory Board had a tough time marketing this fruit for a while. In the 40’s, they started giving Americans recipes for guacamole and tried to teach Americans how to pronounce it. In the 60’s, they sought to give the avocado a Pacific Island image. In the 70’s, they went for more of a Mediterranean theme. All this hard work has made guacamole one of America’s favorite snack foods, especially during football season. In 2016, 139 million pounds of avocados were sold for Super Bowl Sunday (USA Today) with 81 million pounds consumed for Cinco de Mayo (Forbes). 

Guacamole is one of those dishes that is best when it is freshly made using the best ingredients available. Another temptation is going crazy with ingredients, here less is more. Try to resist adding Perigord Truffles, 100-year-old Balsamic Vinegar or Grilled Watermelon. Guacamole can be as simple as avocado, salt and a touch of lime juice (acid) to not only flavor but to keep the guacamole from turning brown. Acceptable additions are finely diced onion, jalapeno or serrano peppers, tomatoes (seed and pulp removed) fresh ground pepper, cilantro and perhaps ground toasted pumpkin seeds. These are only my thoughts on the subject, feel free to do what you want, but I am not responsible for the outcome. Below are a few places in the U.S. where they do guacamole right. Most of them are freshly made from a cart right at your table.

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Top 5 Spots

National Spicy Guacamole Day

1) El Meson Tequileria: Austin, Texas – At this unpretentious restaurant, the lightly mashed fresh avocado and lots of lime juice are good enough to eat by the spoonful.

2) The Mission: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona – Chunky Haas Avocados + Jalapeno + Cilantro + Sea Salt + Lime Juice – Tomato has been an Arizona favorite for years. The only downside is the price tag. However, the staff claims no one, including you, will complain. They do request that you do not lick the bowl.

3) Gabriel’s: Santa Fe, New Mexico – This is a hidden gem located on the outskirts of town. Gabriel’s offers fresh guacamole made at your table. Let the keeper of the cart take control, get it with everything. Don’t be afraid of the peppers they are not that hot.

4) Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, North Buckhead Atlanta – Quite possibly the most famous (and delicious) guacamole in the city. Try the Three Amigos dip selection.

5) Petty Cash Taqueria: Los Angeles, California – At this restaurant, guacamole is made to order. Walter Manzke uses his favorite heirloom variety of Fuerte avocados, red onion, Serrano chilies, lime salt, cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds.

These are just a few of the great places to get guacamole. Let us know your local favorites!

National Spicy Guacamole Day

Try This Combination At Home!

Avocado pairing you’d never expect! Try Omaha Steaks burgers with spicy Guacamole at home! It’s a delicious option to share with family and friends! Click the image to order yours now!

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