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Chipotle Guacamole & Grilled Tortilla Chips.

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Chipotle Guacamole & Grilled Tortilla Chips., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I’m such an avocado freak. It ends up in nearly everything I eat, without even trying. And when it comes to guacamole, I’m all over it. I recently had more than my share of one of the best guacs I’ve ever had, at an upscale Mexican restaurant called La Condesa (highly recommend) in Austin, TX. With a smoky blend of chipotle and toasted almonds, it was certainly the most interesting and surprising take on guac I’ve ever experienced. I left the restaurant knowing I’d have to recreate a version of it when I got home!

You’ll just need to get a can of chipotle in adobo, which you should be able to find at most supermarkets. I blended it up with a little agave nectar, pinch of salt and drizzle of olive oil and water. Chipotle on it’s own is quite spicy, but the agave nectar helps tame it here as does pairing it with the creamy avocado and nutty almonds. It’s worth toasting the almonds for that added crunch and roasted flavor.

Other than that, I just did a pretty typical mash of hass avocado, lime juice, red onion, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. I like it a little chunky, but mash to your heart’s content.

Instead of using oily store bought chips, I decided to grill some tortillas and quarter them up. You can grill, pan toast or even put the corn or flour tortillas in a toaster oven.

It really takes your guacamole game up a notch when you “make” your own tortilla chips. I love the texture, plus they’re great for scooping and more filling so you go through fewer chips.

Confession: I ended up eating all of this in 2 days when I made it for the blog. That’s 3 avocados! Whoops. Is that bad? I mean, is it possible to eat too many avocados? I literally just googled that statement (half in jest), one I’ve asked myself so many times after effortlessly polishing off half of one in a sitting.

I know avocados are high in fat (with a pretty insignificant amount of protein), but I also know they’re good for you. But, fat is fat? And there are approximately 22 grams of it in one hass avocado, which I guess isn’t tremendous, but it’s quite a bit considering how easy they go down. Raw fat is obviously not the same as cooked or processed fat though, and a cup of avocado is certainly better for you than a cup of butter or a bowl of ice cream. Unlike the fat in fried food or something, your avocado has raw fiber, potassium, folate and vitamin –c. It’s also loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits (great for arthritis) and carotenoid antioxidants, which we all need to help us stay young and lovely.

Am I crazy for even worrying about this? Nah, because my google search results were pages long so it is obviously a legitimate concern. Although most those people are probably wackos. Anyway, how many avocados do you consume…say, in a week? Whatever, I happen to like avocados way more than ice cream, butter and fries combined so I guess I should consider myself lucky – and keep eating the hell out of them I will!

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Recipe

Prep + cook time: 30 minutes. Serves 4

You need:

  • 3 hass avocados
  • 2 Tbs finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 fresh garlic clove, minced
  • juice from 2 limes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 can chipotle in adobo
  • agave nectar
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 8 corn or flour (or both) tortillas

Directions

  1. Blend chipotle in adobo with a pinch of salt drizzle of agave, olive oil and water until silky smooth. Set aside. Toast almonds on pan on low heat until just browned.
  2. Pan toast, grill or place tortillas in toaster oven until nice and brown. Poke to release air if they start to puff up. Quarter each tortilla. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
  3. Mash avocado, lime juice, salt pepper, garlic. and cilantro to deserted consistency. Top with generous spread of chipotle sauce and almonds. Serve with chips and extra chipotle sauce on side for those who like it extra hot!

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13 Comments

  1. Posted July 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Mmm, so simple but this looks like an awesome take on guac. I love avocados, but most often just buy a single baby hass to have on some toast for a quick snack.

  2. Posted July 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

    This recipe looks delicious, thank you! Will be trying it very soon, avocados are the best!

  3. Posted July 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

    Yum I love guacamole so imagine this version would be amazing – unfortunately it is super difficult to get chipolate in Australia but I’m sure you could substitute with another chilli.

    Yes avocado is high in fat but seriously there is no need to be concerned, it is a whole food, full of amazing things, and fat is necessary for many processes in the body. Fat also makes you feel full so you will end up eating less than if you did some kind of ‘low-fat’ version. Personally I would be more concerned with the agave and the high fructose content – much more likely to cause weight gain than the avocado ;)

    If you want to know more info – have a little read of some of the stuff by David Gillespie or Sarah Wilson about sugar vs fat etc. Very interesting stuff and makes you think that we all have been thinking the wrong thing all along.

  4. Posted July 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

    Yum I love guacamole so imagine this version would be amazing – unfortunately it is super difficult to get chipolate in Australia but I’m sure you could substitute with another chilli.

    Yes avocado is high in fat but seriously there is no need to be concerned, it is a whole food, full of amazing things, and fat is necessary for many processes in the body. Fat also makes you feel full so you will end up eating less than if you did some kind of ‘low-fat’ version. Personally I would be more concerned with the agave and the high fructose content – much more likely to cause weight gain than the avocado ;)

    If you want to know more info – have a little read of some of the stuff by David Gillespie or Sarah Wilson about sugar vs fat etc. Very interesting stuff and makes you think that we all have been thinking the wrong thing diet wise with ‘low fat’ etc all along.

  5. Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    This is the second adobo recipe I have read today. Time to spice up my life!

  6. Posted July 28, 2012 at 5:15 AM | Permalink

    Apart from the really wonderful shade of green that comes from avocado, it is the creaminess that I love the most. I love guacamole, obviously and I love collecting guac amole recipes. This mix is a real match! Lovely presentation, by the way!
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  7. Posted August 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    I could probably eat an entire bowl of guac by myself. It’s one of my favourite dips. I’ve never tried it with chipotle or peppers! Maybe that’s in store for the long weekend? Eating a bowl of guacamole is better than a box of donuts right?

  8. paulette hasty
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM | Permalink

    love it!

  9. Posted August 9, 2012 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

    Im totally making this! I can put away 1 avocado a day easily. Im sure there have been times when I’ve eaten even more! I never worry about it though…. Avocados are “real” food! Yum!!!

  10. Posted September 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    I just found you from Tumblr. That is a great way to use chipotles! I love how you served it too!

  11. Posted November 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM | Permalink

    Nice idea… those flavors are a perfect pairing. I did buy some chipotle chills in adobo but I forget what for. I fear I might also eat three avocados worth if I make this!

  12. Posted December 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM | Permalink

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  13. Courtni
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM | Permalink

    I love valentine’s day! It makes me happy! I might muster up the courage to try making these empanadas!

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