November 14th is National Spicy Guacamole Day, a day to enjoy a spicy version of the satisfying and scrumptious avocado based dip. Guacamole originates from Mexico, where it was first made by the Aztecs over five hundred years ago. It literally means “avocado sauce”, and is traditionally created by mashing ripe avocados and sea salt with a mortar and pestle. Other ingredients may be added as well, such as tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and other seasonings. American’s love for guacamole is especially apparent on Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo, when avocodo sales sky rocket to 30 million pounds.
I was a young adult before I ever tried guacamole. I don’t think I had an aversion to it as a kid or teenager — I think we just didn’t eat a lot of Mexican food so I had very little exposure to the fantastic salty snack. Until I discovered Baja Fresh in my early twenties, I think the only time I’d had guacamole was when it was mixed in with a plethora of other ingredients in my mom’s amazingly delicious taco dip — but even then I probably wouldn’t have been able to pick out the specific taste of the guacamole. Once I finally discover fresh guacamole I made up for lost time. Now I love it on all sorts of mexican food, including tacos, salads, and burritos. But most importantly I love it in it’s simplest, naked form — as an addictive dip for salty tortilla chips.
And I’m not the only one here that loves gucamole and Mexican food — Chris is just as infatuated. So, as you can imagine, we’ve really been looking forward to Spicy Guacamole Day, especially considering we missed (regular) Guacamole Day back in September. We considered making our own spicy guacamole using delicious ripe Haas avocados, or going to a restaurant to order a heaping side of the great green dip. But in the end we decided we’d be better off saving a little time and money by enjoying one of the large packets ofWholly Gucamole dip we already had stowed away in our refrigerator. Wholly Guacamole makes a spicy variety but we didn’t have any so we spiced our regular batch up with a couple of dashes of chili powder, a few drops of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and a sprinkling of chopped red onions. As I was devouring my first guac-covered tortilla chip I thought that our spicy version didn’t taste that different than a mild guacamole. Then I swallowed and my mouth was on fire! But that didn’t stop us from eating an entire large bowl of guacamole and giving ourselves what I like to call a ‘guacamole overdose’!
It’s probably a good thing we have one less item in the refrigerator after tonight’s “unofficial”. It will make our task one item easier tomorrow, on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day!