Fiesta at Rick's by Rick Bayless is a must-have for anyone who's enamored of all things avocado-related. And if guacamole is your thing (but really, who doesn't love it?) Fiesta at Rick's has some of the tastiest variations out there. With a fruit as creamy, rich, and versatile as the avocado there are countless ingredients that can be added to the mix—mango for sweetness, toasted pumpkin seeds for a nutty crunch, and, of course, bacon.
This Bacon and Tomato Guacamole takes the classic flavors of a BLT and pairs them with smooth avocado, and spicy, smokey chipotles in adobo, along with the lime, onion, and cilantro. Once all of the ingredients are mixed, the guacamole alternates bites of cool avocado and cilantro, bright tomatoes, sharp onions, crisp salty bits of bacon, and a heat from the chipotles. If you thought that a guacamole and chips was hard to resist before, adding bacon makes it doubly irresistible.
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- Yield:about 3 cups, serving about 8 to 10 as a nibble
- 5 strips medium-thick bacon (full-flavored smoky bacon is great here)
- 3 medium-large (about 1 1/4 pounds) ripe avocados
- 1/2 medium white onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2 or 3 canned chipotle chiles en adobo to taste, removed from the canning sauce, stemmed, split open, seeds scraped out and finely chopped
- 1 medium-large round, ripe tomato, cored and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped cilantro (thick bottom stems cut off), plus a little extra for garnish
- 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
In a large (10-inch) skillet, cook the slices of bacon in a single layer over medium heat, turning them occasionally, until crispy and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then coarsely crumble.
Cut around each avocado, from stem to blossom end and back again, then twist the two halves apart. Dislodge the pit. Scoop the flesh from the skin into a large bowl. Using an old-fashioned potato masher or a large fork or spoon, mash the avocados into a coarse puree.
Scoop the onion into a small strainer and rinse under cold water. Shake off the excess water and transfer to the bowl, along with the chipotle chiles, tomatoes, cilantro (save out a little for garnish if you wish) and about 2/3 of the bacon. Gently stir to combine all of the ingredients. Taste and season with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon, and enough lime juice to add a little sparkle.