guac ahoy!

A friend of mine once claimed that Super Bowl was just an excuse to eat guacamole. This, not surprisingly, is the same friend who hosts Guac Bowl, the fiercest guacamole competition this side of the Mississippi.

I won’t lie — Guac Bowl is an undertaking. Or at least it certainly looks like one. But you don’t have to have an all-out competition in order to enjoy guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday. After all, delicious guacamole is delicious guacamole whether or not it makes it to Guac Bowl.

So you, too, can take part in the avocado bliss, find below an easy guacamole recipe from chef Maria Magdalena, who created the menu for Mexican restaurant Senor Fred’s in Sherman Oaks, California. If you’re feeling bold, you can add some unexpected ingredients a la Guac Bowl — I have suggestions for those too.

But first, the guac:

Basic Guacamole

  • 2 avocados
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste

Mash together. Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes enough for one appetizer.

Holy Guacamoles

For added intrigue to your guac, try these ingredients found in past pun-tastic Guac Bowl entries:

  • Blood orange juice instead of lemon juice and fennel instead of onion (A Guacwork Orange)
  • Cooked, pureed asparagus in place of avocado, courtesy of an avocado-allergic participant (called Guactanamo Bay because it was served in a diorama of Guantanamo Bay, but another entry called Guactose Intolerant, which was primarily bean dip, had a similar M.O.)
  • Bacon (alas, no pun)
  • Pineapple (Pineapple Upside-Down Guac)
  • Soy sauce, no salt (Avo-Mikado)
  • Tequila (Tequila Guacingbird) 
  • Shredded coconut and coconut milk; subtract onions (Guacocomo, as in The Beach Boy’s song “Kokomo”)
  • Shrimp (Guac the Plank)
  • Pomegranate, grapes and sliced pears (Guac of the Loom)
  • Wasabi and pickled ginger (Domo AriGuaco, Mr. Roboto)
  • Grilled cactus meat (Believe it. And no pun for this one. Sorry.)

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