Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cinco de Mayo 2015 : Guacamole Recipe

Cinco de Mayo 2015
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, did you eat anything yummy? Normally I like to make a new recipe each year, but I already had all the fixings for chicken quesadillas in the fridge, so this year is a bit of a repeat. I shared my quesadilla recipe last year, so I figured I'd share my homemade guacamole this time around.

Like before, I'm going to have a little holiday-related rant, so feel free to skip the text under the cut and move on to the photos.

As always, Facebook was blowing up with all kinds of holiday-related drama. I read a lot of posts from people who were upset that this holiday has become an excuse for Americans to get drunk and wear sombrero's, similar to our love of wearing green and getting drunk during Saint Patrick's Day. While I myself do not have any Mexican roots, I do want to take a moment and give you a quick run down of what the holiday is really about, because a lot of people honestly don't know.

Here's a super short summarized version of the events that occurred on Cinco de Mayo. If you want to read more check out this article.
Basically, after being unable to recoup their war debts, the French Army came to Mexico. Although the odds were not in Mexico's favor, with the French army being quite large and easily outnumbering the Mexican forces two-to-one, the Mexican forces miraculously won. Not only was this an unlikely triumph, but up until that point the French army was considered to be very powerful and had not been beaten for half a century.

Sorry for the history lesson, the teacher in me just couldn't resist. (I used to teach daycare Spanish classes about this holiday.) 

If you're interested in my chicken quesadilla recipe it's posted HERE.

This year my quesadillas weren't as colorful. Inside I have cheddar with queso blanco, corn, red, green and orange bell pepper, chicken, and red onion. I thought about adding avocado, but then I thought I might as well make my own guac instead, so I did!

Guacamole for 1
(The Saddest Recipe Title Ever)

 Ingredients: (Enough for one individual serving)
  • Half of an Avocado (It's what I had leftover from my breakfast sandwich)
  • 3 Tbs Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Red Onion (finely diced)   
  • 2 Slices of Pickled Jalapeno Peppers (finely diced)*
  • Half of a Plum Tomato (finely diced)**
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
    (I add in a Tbs of the pepper juice as well)
    **(I'm mildly allergic to tomatoes so I use a very small amount)
    ***Traditionally, guacamole has cilantro in it, but my sister is allergic, so I do not keep it in the house.
  1. Remove the pit and slice your avocado. Place the sliced avocado in a bowl, add the lime juice, and gently mash with a fork until you reach your desired consistency. (The juice prevents browning as well as brightens the flavoring.) 
  2. Add your finely diced onion, tomato, and jalapenos. Mix until combined. (Add the jalapeno juice in if you like it a bit spicier.)
  3. Add your garlic and onion powder to the mixture, and give everything a final stir.
  4. Once mixed, taste for seasoning, and add salt & pepper as desired.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, quesadillas, or veggies & ENJOY!

Hopefully this post has been (a little) informative, if not for the little history lesson, than for the yummy recipe. Let me know if you plan on giving this one a try.
© Maria Smith
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! The best part of this is that you can simply have these anytime, even before a meal, since guacamoles are great appetizers. It’s a great way of keeping the culture alive and celebrating it in all the right ways… food!

    Diane Baker @ Alejandra's Restaurant