Today is National Spicy Guacamole Day. November 14 is the day we celebrate the perfect blend of avocados and a kick of spice! For some reason, I missed the chance to celebrate National Guacamole Day on September 16. Maybe it’s time for me to make up for it by diving into a bowl of spicy guac today!
Authentic Spicy Guacamole recipe
Guacamole is a popular dip that is primarily made from mashed avocados, mixed with various ingredients to create a flavorful and satisfying dish. This Spicy Guacamole is often served with tortilla chips, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, or as a delicious topping for grilled meats. I can even use it as a toast topping for my gluten-free bread.
I’m a fan of this dip, however, today I’ll make Spicy Guacamole to celebrate its day. The trickiest part for me might be finding the perfect balance of spiciness. I didn’t want it to be too spicy or too little heat. I started with a cautious sprinkle of jalapeños and cayenne pepper and then fine-tuned until it hit that sweet spot of spice that was fine for my taste buds. Here is how to make Spicy Guacamole:
Traditional Spicy Guacamole
- 4 ripe avocados
- 1 small red onion finely diced
- 1-2 tomatoes diced
- 1-2 jalapeños seeded and minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Juice of 2 limes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper for extra heat optional
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin optional
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese for a creamy twist optional
- Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl.
- Mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher until you achieve your desired consistency—some people like it chunky, while others prefer it creamy.
- Add the diced red onion, tomatoes, jalapeños, minced garlic, and chopped cilantro to the mashed avocados.
- Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- If you’re feeling bold, add cayenne pepper and ground cumin for an extra kick. Mix everything together until well combined.
- For a creamy texture, fold in crumbled feta cheese.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. If you like it spicier, add more jalapeños or cayenne pepper.
- Cover the guacamole with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface to keep it from turning brown. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
To make a non-spicy guacamole, you can simply omit or reduce the amount of spicy ingredients.
To keep your guacamole fresh, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole to minimize air contact, as I showed in the recipe. This creates a barrier and helps preserve its vibrant green color.
If you need to store it for a longer time, consider an airtight container and pop it in the fridge. Again, press some plastic wrap onto the surface before sealing it up. With this method, you can store it for 3 – 4 days. To make it last longer, you can freeze guacamole, but it might not have the same texture and freshness once thawed. To minimize this, you should use less watery ingredients for the guac.
The origins of guacamole can be traced back to ancient Aztec culture in Mexico. The Aztecs, who inhabited the region that is now Mexico, are believed to have been the first to make a version of guacamole. They called it “ahuacamolli,” a combination of the Nahuatl words “ahuacatl,” meaning avocado, and “molli,” meaning sauce. Over the years, guacamole evolved, and its popularity spread beyond Mexico’s borders.
Besides the original guac and Spicy Guacamole recipe, you can create your own version with different ingredients. Here are some easy and simple guacamole recipes you can try:
- Tropical Guacamole: For this tropical paradise variation, you can add tropical fruits like pineapples or mangos and a hint of jalapeño for a sweet and spicy kick. The fruity explosion it perfect for summer gatherings or beachside snacks.
- Roasted Garlic and Herb Guacamole: The roasted garlic adds a subtle sweetness, while herbs like cilantro, parsley, and chives contribute a burst of freshness. Spread it on toast or pair it with grilled vegetables for a gourmet twist.
- Chipotle Guacamole: For this version, ripe avocados are mashed and mixed with diced red onions, cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and the game-changer—smoky chipotle peppers. What makes Chipotle Guac stand out is the smoky infusion of chipotle peppers. These little guys bring a unique depth and warmth to the creamy, green goodness of avocados.
- Pomegranate Guacamole: Infuse your guacamole with a burst of colors and flavors by adding jewel-like pomegranate seeds and a dollop of homemade basil pesto. The sweet-tart crunch of pomegranate complements the aromatic basil, creating a harmonious blend that’s perfect for upscale gatherings or as an elegant appetizer.
- Corn and Black Bean Guacamole: Mix in roasted corn kernels, black beans, and a squeeze of lime for a Tex-Mex twist.
- Wasabi Ginger Guacamole: If you want an Asian spicy guacamole, incorporate finely grated fresh ginger and a touch of wasabi. The subtle heat from the wasabi and the zing from the ginger adds an exciting dimension to the creamy avocado base.
- Berry Guacamole: Combine diced strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries with creamy avocado for a burst of fruity freshness. A squeeze of lime and a hint of mint elevate the flavors, creating a vibrant and irresistible guacamole.