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Recipe: Fresh Guacamole Dip

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Guacamole isn't as pretty as the setting you're eating it in. But it's there - in the blue bowl.

Nothing goes with camping quite as well as . . . appetizers. This tasty guac is slightly spicy but can be modified to taste (just add more lime or avocado to dilute the spice factor). Definitely a crowd pleaser, so long as said crowd's been blessed with a proper bag of tortilla chip triangles. Equally important, this guacamole spreads into your tacos or fajitas just fine.

fresh guacamole with vegetables for campingIngredients:

  • 3-4 avocados, ripe enough to mash
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 1 med. tomato chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 spicy pepper (serrano, jalapeno, or hatch chiles work well) seeded and diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Tony Cachere's (or similar brand) seasoning
  • Splash of red pepper sauce
  • 1 lime freshly squeezed

Process:

  • Scoop out the avocados and mash with a fork in a medium to large bowl.
  • Combine the rest of ingredients into avocado mixture and stir well.
  • Taste and adjust spice/lime/salt ratio as desired.
  • Chill for an hour for flavors to intensify, serve and enjoy as you wish.

Shortcuts and/or Alternatives:

  • Add other veggies/herbs for a variety of flavors- try cilantro, green onion, or diced jicama
  • This keeps well for about 24-36 hours if chilled so you can make it before a trip and bring in the cooler. Add a little extra lime if storing overnight to keep the avocado from over-browning
  • Bottled lime juice can be used in place of a fresh squeezed lime
  • Don't succumb to the temptation at the store to buy a "guacamole spice packet" and avocados. The better taste and preservative/MSG-free benefits of this recipe make it worth every one of the few extra minutes needed to get out a few more spice jars and make your own from scratch.

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