How to Jazz Up Your Guacamole
Using basil, bananas, bacon, and more.
Before I suggest you get all crazy with your guacamole, I need to throw it out there that more often than not, I'm a guacamole purist. A good avocado doesn't need much adornment sometimes. Mashing the avocado with salt, jalapeno slices, scallion slivers and a squeeze of citrus juice will suffice. That is, most of the time.
But sometimes, a special occasion like Cinco de Mayo makes me want to get a little adventurous with my guacamole-making. Here are other mix-ins to consider to jazz up guacamole. What do you use?
- Tomatillo chunks or purée
- Grapefruit segments
- Dried or roasted chiles
- Bananas (I've tried this; unusual but good)
- Roasted cherry tomatoes
- Corn, chipotle and radish slices
- Black beans or black-eyed peas
- Lime, cumin and jicama
- Diced red onion, crisp bacon and cayenne pepper
About the author: Andrea Lynn is senior editor for Chile Pepper magazine, where she not only creates a wide range of zesty recipes for readers, but also participates in numerous tastings for hot sauce, salsa, and other spice-laden products (even chocolate!). Her favorite chile? A tie between the mild yet flavorful poblano and the mighty, reliable fire of the serrano.