Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pineapple Guacamole with Chipotle and Tequila


Who doesn't love guacamole? As a child my mother would make it for special occasions such as Thanksgiving. I would never think of serving guac for Thanksgiving but back then finding a fresh avocado in the grocery was a big deal and so it became a big deal at holidays. Well, that is until she discovered artichoke dip and then that quickly became our favorite. She made her luscious green concoction with a hard boiled egg and we happily devoured the bowl like rabid dogs. Mom served it with potato chips or Fritos as nary a tortilla chip was found on the grocery shelves. My how that has changed.

I can't say I have ever found anyone that doesn't like guacamole. I'm sure there are those who won't touch the stuff, but here in Colorado I haven't found a one. Guacamole is what's served along with salsa and chips as the standby appetizer. Being so easy to whip up and now with the countless frozen varieties, one literally doesn't have to do a thing but open a container and put out the chips. Well, I know you now I'm not that type.


My standard version of whipping up guac generally involved some garlic, some lime, and some cilantro and onions. Add some jalapeno for heat and season it up with salt and that was pretty much it. I found myself utilizing the avocado also as a last minute after thought. Pity the poor avocado! Well, that is until I decided to take the time and come up with a new version. Still just as simple, but this time with a bit more thought involved. I'm not saying to give up your old version, but sometimes it is a good thing to break out of the rut.

Enter the pineapple. Pineapple and avocado are both tropical fruits and work really well together. I decided it was time for them to elope. And what a wedding it was. Filled with sweetness and spice, it is a marriage that I dare say will last a long time! Each bite contains the velvety texture of the avocado and the magical spiciness of chipotle, mixed with the delicious chewy taste of dried pineapple. And don't discount the tiny bit of tequila at work here. It certainly is not necessary to use, but just one teaspoon adds so much zip. Really. It does.


Now I know you know that Cinco de Mayo is around the corner. What better time to try a new version of guacamole? And what better time to be saying, "OLE!".

The winner of the Whole Foods Giveaway for March is  #48 from the Random Number Generator, Tricia Buice. OLE!

Feel free to share and pin this recipe. It is a winner! And if you need tips for how to choose a ripe avocado, take a look here.




Pineapple Guacamole with Chipotle and Tequila
Serves 2-4 May be doubled or tripled!
Time to Make: About 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
3 T dried pineapple (I used Mariani, sold in the produce section)
1/4 c finely chopped green onion
2 T chopped cilantro
2-3 t chopped chipotle (I always have these in the fridge.They can be found in the Mexican food section as chipotles in adobo sauce. Transfer to another container and keep in the fridge. They keep indefinitely.)
1/8 t salt or to taste
1 t tequila

Directions:
Chop dried pineapple into small pieces. Place in a small mixing bowl. Add green onion, cilantro, chipotle, salt and tequila. Mix up and then add your avocado. Mash it well into the other ingredients. I love this with blue corn tortilla chips that are seasoned with chile powder!

Other good food:
Artichoke Dip
Corn and Green Chile Quesadillas
New Mexican Chicken Enchiladas
Carne Asada
Shitake Stuffed Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas
Coconut Rum Tres Leches Cake
Overnight Mexican Egg Casserole
Tomatilla Salsa
Pico de Gallo Salsa








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18 comments:

  1. With this recipe, I'm naming you as an honorary Texan. And a Dallas Junior Leaguer at that! Muy Bueno! This looks mighty sassy!

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    1. Well, you certainly made my in laws day! I think they always blamed me for Manservant not coming back to Texas! And I'm a Junior Leaguer, too! Somehow I missed out on that! Sassy? Could be!

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  2. I think I had my first taste of guacamole in Colorado and fell hard! Avocados were probably just as scarce in Iowa as they were in Illinois back in the day! I've never thought of adding dried pineapple, but it sounds seriously scrumptious :)

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    1. When did avocados become so plentiful? Good thing they did! The pineapple really works so well in this! Thanks Liz!

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  3. Wow - I'm just reading along enjoying your guacamole recipe and then I see my name! Go figure! I won - whoop whoop! Awesome! Thank you so much - and thanks for this fabulous recipe - love me some guac!

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    1. Finally someone I feel I know won! Manservant laughs at me because I'm so careful! This really turned out to be great guac. I ate the whole bowl! Luckily I didn't eat it all with chips!

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  4. Gosh, this recipe really does look like a winner! Love the idea of the pineapple. And I'll never turn down anything with tequila. ;-) Really nice -- thanks.

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    1. It was a winner! Blue ribbon for sure! Thanks John!

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  5. How creative! I have never thought of adding dried fruit in my avocado dip before...now I can't wait to give it a try! It looks very delicious.

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  6. Now this is a Guacamole that we can truly say Wholly Guacamole!!! Great flavour combinations must be alike a party in your mouth. Beautiful photos. Sharing, of course!

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  7. Never would have thought of pineapple in guac but now I can't wait to try it. Great idea!

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  8. I didn't even know what quacamole was until I went to college! I'm not sure my mother ever bought an avocado while I was living at home :) It's certainly a favorite of ours now. What a great recipe, Abbe! I love the sound of the dried pineapple. I like to take chipotles and freeze them individually. I didn't realize they would late so long in the frig!

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  9. A great spin on the classic guacamole... and what gorgeous pictures!

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  10. I never would have thought to add pineapple to guacamole, but I am totally trying this - except leaving out the stinky onion! :P thanks for your comment the other day - I appreciate it! Hugs!

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  11. I am obsessed with mango guacamole but never thought to use pineapple-- fresh or dried-- and it sounds like a great match. And to add tequila too? You are ready for Cinco de Mayo for sure! I could eat the whole bowl!

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  12. sounds so refreshing! I love guacamole so many ways - classic, spruced up with fruit, whatever; i'm in so long as the flavor is there, and it sounds like the flavors are everywhere in this one! delicious, Abbe.

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