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Route 11

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Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 12:32 PM (permalink)
Mine is Dollar General salsa. Don't ask me why it works the best, but it's cheap and must have just enough garlic in it to push it over the top.
 
Sometimes I add a little ´╗┐´╗┐Worcestershire sauce, just a splash. A friend who worked at a restaurant in Colorado gave me that tip.
 
They opened a Trader Joes here and they have such gorgeous avocados I figure it's a shame not to mash them up.
 
Anyone else have any little tricks?
 
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    mar52

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    Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 1:17 PM (permalink)
    La Victoria Salsa Verde... hot if I can find it.
     
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      1bbqboy

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      Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 4:15 PM (permalink)
      Why put salsa in guacamole? That seems strange to me.
       
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        mbrookes

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        Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 4:37 PM (permalink)
        NO CILANTRO! I can't stand the stuff and I can taste even a little bit in salsa or Guacamole.
         
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          emmymom

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          Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 4:53 PM (permalink)
          Just lemon juice, salt, and a little bit of Sriracha sauce.
           
           
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            mar52

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            Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 5:45 PM (permalink)
            Bill, the salsa verde has the right bite that I like.  I use it instead of fresh chili peppers which I never have on hand.  Same as adding garlic powder...  it's for flavor.
             
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              Route 11

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              Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 9:00 PM (permalink)
              Agreed on the cilantro. Totally overpowers. 
               
              Another trick is one I stole from an issue of Saveur. Mash each avocado as you go with a little coarse salt. Seems to get it just right. I do like using fresh garlic but I'm usually speeding around the kitchen and just add a little powder. 
               
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                agnesrob

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                Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 9:34 PM (permalink)
                When pressed for time, which is frequently, I have used salsa as part of my ingredients. Always add fresh lime juice, though! Love guacamole!
                 
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                  Foodbme

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                  Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Thu, 02/14/13 10:32 PM (permalink)
                  Red Onion, Garlic, Jalapeno, all finely chopped- Hot Sauce, Worchestershire, salt---Oh! almost forgot---Avocado
                  <message edited by Foodbme on Thu, 02/14/13 10:33 PM>
                   
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                    BuddyRoadhouse

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                    Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 2:14 AM (permalink)
                    I used to load up my Guacamole with all kinds of extras; jalapenos, salsa, etc--stuff that covered up the taste of the avocado.  But I noticed the best guacamole I got in restaurants, the one I liked the best, focused on the naturally buttery flavor of the avocado.  Next time I made Guacamole I minimized both the ingredients and the process. 
                     
                    Avocados cut into cubes in the skin, then scooped out in chunks.  About half a small onion to each whole avocado, finely diced.  A squirt of lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, a small amount of cilantro is optional.  Last thing to go in the bowl is coarsely chopped tomatoes; one medium for every two avocados.  Then I mix the ingredients together gently--no mashing, technically Guacamole is a salad, not a dip--folded into each other like I'm mixing batter for a delicate cake.
                     
                    As far as I'm concerned, that's the secret: Let this avocado salad taste like its primary ingredient, with all the other elements complimenting that flavor, not drawing focus from it.
                     
                    Buddy
                     
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                      CCinNJ

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                      Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 8:01 AM (permalink)
                      Strawberries...and love. Shhh.
                       
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                        carlton pierre

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                        Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 8:10 AM (permalink)
                        I like salsa and onions in mine.
                         
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                          jcheese

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                          Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 9:54 AM (permalink)
                          I agree avo needs to be the star. As for a secret ingredient, I add a little sour cream.
                           
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                            pnwchef

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                            Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 1:28 PM (permalink)
                            BuddyRoadhouse


                            I used to load up my Guacamole with all kinds of extras; jalapenos, salsa, etc--stuff that covered up the taste of the avocado.  But I noticed the best guacamole I got in restaurants, the one I liked the best, focused on the naturally buttery flavor of the avocado.  Next time I made Guacamole I minimized both the ingredients and the process. 

                            Avocados cut into cubes in the skin, then scooped out in chunks.  About half a small onion to each whole avocado, finely diced.  A squirt of lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, a small amount of cilantro is optional.  Last thing to go in the bowl is coarsely chopped tomatoes; one medium for every two avocados.  Then I mix the ingredients together gently--no mashing, technically Guacamole is a salad, not a dip--folded into each other like I'm mixing batter for a delicate cake.

                            As far as I'm concerned, that's the secret: Let this avocado salad taste like its primary ingredient, with all the other elements complimenting that flavor, not drawing focus from it.

                            Buddy


                            Buddy, Well said...............I agree
                             
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                              mar52

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                              Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 1:51 PM (permalink)
                              CC, don't the strawberry seeds get between your teeth?
                               
                              I don't put so much salsa in my guacamole that it changes the taste.   It enhances.
                               
                              The avocado is always the star.  There needs to be recognizable chunks.
                               
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                                drummagick

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                                Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 3:03 PM (permalink)
                                Avocados, minced red onion, minced garlic (not too much), lime juice and a good size spoonful of whatever salsa I have in the fridge (which is usually Pace mild).
                                 
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                                  kland01s

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                                  Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 3:09 PM (permalink)
                                  40 years ago I would make quac with avocado, garlic and............. mayo!!! Hey! I was 20, what did I know!
                                   
                                   
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                                    1bbqboy

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                                    Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 10:05 PM (permalink)
                                    BuddyRoadhouse


                                    I used to load up my Guacamole with all kinds of extras; jalapenos, salsa, etc--stuff that covered up the taste of the avocado.  But I noticed the best guacamole I got in restaurants, the one I liked the best, focused on the naturally buttery flavor of the avocado.  Next time I made Guacamole I minimized both the ingredients and the process. 

                                    Avocados cut into cubes in the skin, then scooped out in chunks.  About half a small onion to each whole avocado, finely diced.  A squirt of lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, a small amount of cilantro is optional.  Last thing to go in the bowl is coarsely chopped tomatoes; one medium for every two avocados.  Then I mix the ingredients together gently--no mashing, technically Guacamole is a salad, not a dip--folded into each other like I'm mixing batter for a delicate cake.

                                    As far as I'm concerned, that's the secret: Let this avocado salad taste like its primary ingredient, with all the other elements complimenting that flavor, not drawing focus from it.

                                    Buddy

                                    I'm with you, Buddy.
                                     
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                                      Twinwillow

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                                      Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 10:50 PM (permalink)
                                      Like Buddy's, very simple. 
                                      As a wonderful Mexican lady cook once told me,  
                                      1. A not overly ripe avocado mashed well but still with small unmashed chunks.
                                      2. Salt to taste.
                                      3. Fresh lime juice
                                      4. White onion finely minced.
                                      5. Cilantro finely chopped
                                      6. Tapatio Mexican hot sauce to taste.
                                      That's it! Jalapeno and salsa are optional. Delicioso!
                                       
                                      <message edited by Twinwillow on Sat, 02/16/13 2:14 PM>
                                       
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                                        Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Fri, 02/15/13 11:19 PM (permalink)
                                        mar52


                                        La Victoria Salsa Verde... hot if I can find it.

                                        Mar, try finding a decent Mexican grocery store. In Dallas, we have numerous large Mexican
                                        supermarkets to choose from and, I know they have that product. Heck, I think I've even seen it at one of the local Wholefoods stores. If need be, let me know and I'll send you some if you absolutely cannot find any.
                                         
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                                          Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 10:21 AM (permalink)
                                          I keep mine simple:
                                          I add minced onion and garlic, tomato (I do use salsa when tomatoes suck [which is almost always]...ChiChi's medium ..though I would use LaPreferida if I could find it), cilantro, salt, pepper. I do like some lime  juice in mine but no one else in my family does. I try not to smother the avocado with the rest of the ingredients.
                                          <message edited by Cosmos on Sat, 02/16/13 10:30 AM>
                                           
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                                            mar52

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                                            Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 2:08 PM (permalink)
                                            Twinwillow... Thanks for the suggestion and offer.
                                             
                                            We have El Super here which is where I might have purchased the hot version now that I think about it.  All the grocery stores here have the mild or medium which doesn't cut it.
                                             
                                            I've tried some of the Mexican brands but like the taste of the La Victoria... probably because it's what we had as kids.
                                             
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                                              Twinwillow

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                                              Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                              @mar52: That's funny because here in Dallas, the hot versions of available Mexican salsa's are more prevalent than the medium and mild versions. 
                                               
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                                                1bbqboy

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                                                Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 2:54 PM (permalink)
                                                I guess I'm in the minority of wanting to not have my guacamole 
                                                burning hot. I just don't like peppers in it.
                                                 
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                                                  mar52

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                                                  Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 6:43 PM (permalink)
                                                  Not burning hot, Bill... tasty.
                                                   
                                                  Chunks of avocado with a background note.
                                                   
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                                                    Phildelmar

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                                                    Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 7:51 PM (permalink)
                                                    Green onions, green Tabasco, a little sour cream to balance them out. As others have widely said, the avocado has to be the star
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 9:19 PM (permalink)
                                                      Your way is the easiest, simplest and best!  We however ad small slices if Jalapeno's to the mixture rather then use hot sauce.
                                                      Cilantro BTW is one of the KEY ingrediants to making Guacamole just eh or great!  
                                                       
                                                       
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                                                        Route 11

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                                                        Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 9:36 PM (permalink)
                                                        All of these are good ideas. I have used peppers but often it's just easier for me to buy fresh salsa (Harris Teeter has good stuff) and put some of that in. I drain off most of the liquid.
                                                         
                                                        I might try putting the avocado on a grill this summer and then chunking it up, making it more a salad. I could even go for that now! 
                                                         
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                                                          Phildelmar

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                                                          Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 10:02 PM (permalink)
                                                          Regarding Dollar General salsa, I initially saw it as counter-intuitive, then tried it. It works from a seasoning approach
                                                           
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                                                            mar52

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                                                            Re:Guacamole: What's Your Secret Ingredient? Sat, 02/16/13 10:10 PM (permalink)
                                                            The one critical element for the best guacamole no matter what your add-ins are is using Haas Avocados.
                                                             
                                                            Those smooth skinned avocados have no taste.
                                                             
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