Guacamole!

Everyone has their own way of making it. Some people use lemon juice, some people use lime juice. Pureed smooth or chunky. With or without onion, tomato, jalapeno, mango, garlic, cumin or cilantro. And yes, some people put mayonnaise in their guacamole. The guy who ran the deli counter at my corner market whipped his secret guacamole (secret because you had to live in the neighborhood for years before he’d let you know about the batch he’d make on Saturdays), with sour cream and when you raved about how good it was, he’d say, “South American guacamole. Better than all other guacamole.”

I recently asked my readers how they made their guacamole so we could have a little fun in the weeks leading up to one of the biggest snacking day of the year, the Super Bowl. It was going to be Super Bowl Guacamole Week, but then I received more than a week’s worth of recipes and it blew up into an extravaganza of avocados

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And now? I know that he makes one of the best guacamoles I’ve ever tried. Smoky roasted garlic permeates the creamy avocado while the roasted habanero is the strong — but never overpowering –  baseline in this guacamole.

Take it away, buddy!

Can you just use the amount everyone’s using for the amount of avocados used? I usually do however many people are coming, normally 4-5.
3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced. I like seeds but i know people hate them so you can choose what you want to do with them. Sweetness of the romas helps cut down the spiciness of the habanero.
Half of a sweet onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, rubbed with olive oil
1 habanero stem and seeds removed, rubbed w/olive oil (if you want it hotter, keep some seeds)
Cilantro to taste or oregano
Kosher salt and ground pepper

Roast the garlic and habanero for about 20-30 min at 400 degrees or until the garlic is soft. I normally roast it in a foil pocket.

Mince the habanero and the garlic or whip them through the food processor ’till they’re all mushed up.

Lots and lots of lime juice. natural preferably


Season to taste or enough to induce a heart attack. (Cook’s note: I went “heart attack” with the salt. Of course I did.)

Ground pepper to garnish

I also learned a good low cal way to go: cut half of the avocados used. get a small bag of peas. cook as directed. rinse in cold water. blend to right consistency and add to guac. it’s not only healthy but cost cutting, too!

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Armando’s Roasted Garlic and Habanero Guacamole: Super Bowl Guacamole Extravaganza
4.0 from 2 reviews
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Author: Armando for sarahsprague.com
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 6-8
Smoky roasted garlic and habanero make for a deep, rich guacamole experience.
Ingredients
  • Can you just use the amount everyone’s using for the amount of avocados used? I usually do however many people are coming, normally 4-5.
  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced. I like seeds but i know people hate them so you can choose what you want to do with them. Sweetness of the romas helps cut down the spiciness of the habanero.
  • Half of a sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, rubbed with olive oil
  • 1 habanero stem and seeds removed, rubbed w/olive oil (if you want it hotter, keep some seeds)
  • Cilantro to taste or oregano
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Roast the garlic and habanero for about 20-30 min at 400 degrees or until the garlic is soft. I normally roast it in a foil pocket.
  2. Mince the habanero and the garlic or whip them through the food processor ’till they’re all mushed up.
  3. Lots and lots of lime juice. natural preferably
  4. Season to taste or enough to induce a heart attack.
  5. Ground pepper to garnish
Notes

I also learned a good low cal way to go: cut half of the avocados used. get a small bag of peas. cook as directed. rinse in cold water. blend to right consistency and add to guac. it’s not only healthy but cost cutting, too!

 

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4 Responses to Armando’s Roasted Garlic and Habanero Guacamole: Super Bowl Guacamole Extravaganza

  1. IJustMadeThatUp says:

    Just when you think you’ve had more than your lifetime’s share of guacamole, you uncover a WHOLE NEW recipe that manages to shine in a completely different way. I was completely hesitant upon the use of a habanero for the guac, but in this case it worked incredibly. Despite the fact that Sarah also made [SPOILER RECIPE OMITTED], we wound up scarfing this down like no one’s business. It wasn’t too spicy and was absolutely perfect for an afternoon of watching football, or simply lying on the floor in a pitiless heap and scarfing comfort food. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  2. Jeremy Smith says:

    Best guacamole I’ve tasted in years. Addictive. You might find yourself accidentally making a meal of it (as I did). I ate a lot of guac at Sarah’s over the last few weeks, and this is the undisputed champ.

  3. Brad says:

    Turned out overly limey for me, and not hot at all. I took out some of the habanero seeds, but not all. Next time I will start with just 1 lime and work my way up (I used 3 per the picture), and I’ll buy more than 1 habanero from the store, just in case.

    • sarah sprague says:

      Sorry to hear it was a little too limey for you. I usually start with one and then put in more as I need it. I used three since Armando said lots of lime, but these limes were a little older and not as juicy.

      Glad to hear you’re going to give it another shot though. I really like the roasted garlic in this guacamole.

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