Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love = Guacamole!

What better food to dip into for Valentine's Day than guacamole? It is rich like love, spicy like a good romance, and layered with goodness like any good relationship. Maybe it turns brown here and there to symbolize some darker times, but there is always pockets of fresh green to make up for that. Guacamole could very well mean "I love you" to some people!

It is also unique, like love, because you make it your own depending on what your likes are. For example, cilantro is a deal breaker for me since it tastes like soap (I usually refer to it as soaplantro), so I add parsley instead. The amount of cayenne really depends on what your tolerance is, and adding mild chilis or zesty jalepenos is your call as well. Just like a relationship, its what you bring to it that makes it special. In any event, I hope you have the chip to your guacamole this Valentine's Day and enjoy!

AK's Guacamole

4 ripe haas avocados - halved, seeded, and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 14.5 ounce can of zesty diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, well drained (I used DelMonte)
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon parsley flakes

1) In a large bowl, squeeze out the juice of a lime
2) Cut, pit, and scoop out the avocados right into the bowl of juice so they do not brown
3) Mash avocado with a mashed potato masher
4) Add onion, diced tomatoes, and garlic
5) Add salt, cayenne, and cumin and half of the parsley
6) Mix well and sprinkle with remaining parsley when plated
6) Serve with your favorite chips...and margaritas!


  1. Oh so agree with how u team guacamole with love n romance.....

    Oh is in the air,so is romance wish ya loads of it @ 365

  2. Have a lovely Valentine's Day, Aimee! With loads of margaritas.

  3. Happy valentines! I love cilantro (or coriander as we call it in New Zealand) but I can see where you'd get the 'soapy' flavour from. I LOVE guacamole, I could eat it by the spoonful! This version sounds deliciously spicy.

    By the way I made the cappucino cake - delicious! Will blog about it soon :D

  4. Looks delicious and spicy. I made your cake also and will blog about it too!!!!! Probably within the next 2 weeks. It was very good and chocolately!!!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  5. Your comparison to love is so right on! You reminded me I have 2 avocados kicking around in my crisper and this is looking might delicious right now!

  6. I'm with you; can go my whole life without cilantro. No matter how much I try I cannot acquire a taste for it, and now just accept that I don't like it.

    This guacamole sounds perfect. Definitely something I'd be double dipping into in no time! YUMMMMM

  7. Homemade guacamole is so easy and so good!

  8. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! I love the analogy you made between love and guacamole, very cute. It looks delish!

  9. Love guacamole, no matter what the day! Happy valentines day to you!!

  10. Your guacamole sounds so flavorful and excellent with the additions of lime & cumin!

  11. to the best of my knowledge, margaritas are not an optional component of guacamole. :) i adore the stuff and i enjoy how you've related it to the l word. :)