Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bacon-Chipotle Guacamole


Without a doubt, guacamole is one of my favorite snacks (um, meals).  Just a good, classic, guacamole:  avocados, garlic, cilantro, jalapeƱo, and lots and lots of lime juice.  So it's hard to stray from that classic version, but if anything will make me jump ship it's this.  I have two words for you  bacon.  chipotle.  Yes, indeed.

This guacamole is one that people who "don't even like guacamole" will inhale.  We brought this to a neighborhood block party, and that is what I heard over and over again.  "I don't even like guacamole or avocados, but that stuff is GOOD!"

The bacon gives the guacamole a fun crunch, while also of course adding some of the best flavor on earth.  The chipotle's smokiness plays really well off of that of the bacon, while also providing some heat.  It truly is the perfect combination.

Guacamole is a must at any respectable Cinco de Mayo party, so I highly recommend you gussy up your usual version and make this.  I promise you it will be well-received.

Bacon-Chipotle Guacamole
barely adapted from Fiesta at Rick's, by Rick Bayless
makes about 3 cups

  • 4 strips of bacon, preferably thick-cut, applewood-smoked bacon
  • 3 ripe avocados (about 1 1/4 lbs)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 3 canned chipotles en adobo - seeds removed optional - finely minced
  • 1 tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • kosher salt to taste
Chop the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces and cook in a large skillet until browned and crispy.  Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Meanwhile, cut each avocado in half, remove the seed, and scrape out the flesh from the peel.  Add it to a medium mixing bowl and mash with a fork into a coarse puree.  

Add the onion to a small strainer and briefly rinse under cold water (this helps tame the "bite" of raw onion).  Shake off the excess water and transfer to the bowl with the avocados.  Add the bacon, chipotle chiles, tomato, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice.  Mix well, then season to taste with salt. 

Serve immediately.


17 comments:

Shawnda said...

Bacon Chipotle Guacamole? Those are like 3 of my favorite things!

atthepatisserie said...

this sounds like the king of guacamoles! I must try it soon! btw, i am so glad to be back in the states, catching up on all your posts from the past 3 months!

Made in Sonoma said...

I don't understand people who don't like guacamole. I bet this is to die for!

Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

I am a guacamole purist myself, but this could definitely convert me! Chipotles in adobo are one of my favorite ingredients - I love the smoky flavor! Pinning this so I remember to make it the next time I have people over (or more likely the next time I feel like pigging out!)

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

Holy. Crap. Yes.

Laura said...

You did not just put bacon and chipotle in guac...I think I'm in love!

Kelsey said...

Oh WOW! Must. Make. Now.

Audra@The-Baker-Chick. said...

I can't think of a better addition to guac than bacon- this sounds to die for!

Michelle said...

Bacon in the guacamole? Why didn't I think of that?!

Jay said...

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Joanne said...

Wait, people who don't like guacamole exist?!?!? Says who?

This sounds pretty awesome to me!

Barefoot Bohemian said...

I love the stuff and was watching a show on food network where Iron Chef Michael Symon was talking about his favorite guacamole which sounds much like this one only they added feta? sounded like an interesting combo.

Jessica said...

I'm thinking there might only be one way to make this guacamole better, and that would be to use it as a topping on super cheesy quesadilla! Then it would be the perfect meeting of 4 of my favorite foods, avocado, bacon, chipotle, and cheese!

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

holy guacamole! that sounds amazing!!! I went to a guacamole competition before and saw all different kinds but never anything like this!

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Kwas hialuronowy said...

Lovely idea of breakfast for two

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Can I have you and the other 3 as well? I'm so thankful that is a decision I will never have to make

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