SMOKY GUACAMOLE FOR CINCO DE MAYO!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Last night I dreamt I was flying! Have you ever had one of those dreams? It was surreal. I flew above friends, new and old, stopped off to say hi and kept going. Flying dreams do great things for your psyche. I woke up feeling superhuman. Then I heard my baby cry.

Today is a special day and the flying dream has stuck with me. I’m elevated! (No pun intended.) It’s Cinco De Mayo! I’ve always loved Cinco De Mayo. One, it’s a holiday- whoop, an excuse to celebrate. Two, it’s a Mexican holiday- which means, Mexican food, drinks and music. I grew up in the Bay Area, California and fortunately have many Mexican friends and access to some of the BEST Mexican food in world.

Each year as the day approaches two concepts come to mind; guacamole with chips and margaritas and salsa dancing. I love making and eating guacamole. In 2008 I traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico for a mini-break and purchased a molcajete.  A molcajete is a traditional dish for making and serving guacamole in. It’s quite heavy and it was difficult finding space in my suitcase, let alone carry it home to California. Little did I know, I could purchase one for $24.95 down the street at Crate and Barrel. Oh well, mine’s authentic!  

Last night I brought out the molcajete and made us fresh guacamole. It was delicious. With each bite, Luke muttered, 'mmm,' and then grabbed another chip for more.  I’ve made guacamole countless times before, however it was never THIS good. I love a smoky flavor and accomplished this by adding ground chipotle chili powder and ground ancho chili powder.  I served it with fresh (meaning not stale) tortilla chips and spicy salsa! Happy Eating!

INGREDIENTS
2 ½ - 3 avocados
¼ c chopped white onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
¼ c chopped roasted red bell peppers (from a jar)
½ ts ground chipotle chili powder
½ ts ground ancho chili powder
¼ ts ground cumin
1 jalapeno finely sliced (use less if you don’t prefer spicy)
Zest from 1 lime
Juice from 1 lime
3-4 tb chopped cilantro
2 green onions

PROCESS
-Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit
-Combine the first 7 ingredients and mash with a wooden spoon or large fork
-Add jalapeno
-Add lime zest and juice
-Stir in cilantro
-Top with chopped green onions
-Serve with your favorite tortilla chips

Oxx, (one BIG hug, two air kisses)
arly