Okay y’all, so I am a self-proclaimed guacamole connoisseur. I’m always adding new things in my guac, upping the flavor content.
A couple years ago, I tried this guacamole at a restaurant in Georgetown, TX – El Monumento. It is one of my favorite places to go when I visit Mama J! Not only do they have great guacamole, but they have fantastic cocktails. It’s also just a really beautiful setting overlooking the San Gabriel River in town.
The first time I had this “fancy guacamole,” I basically hijacked the bowl from the rest of the table while I tried to figure out what was in it – it was something sweet! So, my Fancy Guacamole is as close to El Monumento’s version as I can come up with.
Here is my basic recipe for Guacamole:
Fair warning, I eyeball all of these amounts…
Avocados – smashed with a fork
Tomato (typically one is enough) – diced
Garlic (usually 1-2 cloves) – minced
Purple Onion (half to a whole onion depending on size) – diced
Jalapeno (seeded) – finely diced
Cilantro (handful or so, I LOVE cilantro so there is never too much) – rough chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Aside from the avocado, all of these ingredients are somewhat optional depending on your taste. Mix together!
Okay, so that is my basic recipe…probably most people’s recipe as well.
To make it fancy, add the following ingredients:
Mango (usually 1 small mango) – diced
Red Grapes (purple grapes, whatever you call them) – quartered
Sometimes I also add pepitas & cotija cheese sprinkled on top. However, i don’t go out of my way to buy these.
Now, I know some of you are thinking that sounds terrible, but I’d like you to adopt my wine drinking philosophy – you MUST try a wine 3 times before deciding you don’t like it, as the flavors change with each sip. I do this with food too!
Experiment with your guac, y’all! I think watermelon would be really good, maybe with some serrano peppers & feta. Roasted Corn, I mean that’s a no brainer! A few weeks ago, I used pineapple. Avocado seviche is great. Avocado crab salad or chicken salad. The possibilities are endless.
What do you like to put in your guacamole? Are you going to give my recipe a try?
Stop back by on Friday for my Southern Charm recap!