One of my favorite parts of island living is the food sharing culture that is so very much alive on our little rock! From co-workers, friends, or family, someone is always offering the blessings of their back yard bounty. This late summer’s offering is the alligator pear avocado. A friend of ours gave us two mammoth sized avocados and my first and only thought was Spicy GUACAMOLE!! Guacamole is the easiest thing to make–a perfect testament to the idea that it takes just a few well sourced ingredients to make ahhhmazing food!
This recipe could also be made using the regular Hass Avocado. However, I really appreciate the somehow extra creaminess of the Alligator Pear Avocados. Especially when they are fresh off a friend’s tree.
Also, for the extra spiciness I toss in a splash of my favorite locally made hot sauce that I bought at one of our local Mexican restaurants Maria’s Cantina. It is simply divine! Feel free to use your own special brand and adjust it to your own liking. Also, if you don’t like the extra heat, you can always leave it out. But I like the play off between the cool creaminess of the avocado and the mouth-warming pepper flavor of a good pepper sauce!
I also substituted Culantro for the Cilantro. It grows locally here and the flavor is like cilantro on steroids! If you can’t find it in the States, cilantro works just as nicely.
1 Large Avocado or 2 Hass Avocados
1/2 Red Onion
1 Tablespoon Culantro or Cilantro
1 Lime (Juiced)
2 Medium Small Tomatoes
A splash of your favorite hot sauce
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Mince the red onion and the culantro/cilantro.
Dice the tomatoes.
Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and place in a mixing bowl.
Pour the lime juice over the avocado. The lime juice does double duty in terms of keeping the avocado from browning as well as adding a bright zest of citrus flavor.
Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and a splash of your favorite hot sauce. This is all to your taste!
Mash the avocados to your desired chunkiness. I prefer mine to be a bit smoother.
Add the onion, cilantro, and tomatoes and stir it into the avocado mixture.
Let the guacamole rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to give the flavors time to marry. Then taste to check for flavor. This is where you can add some more salt or lime to bump up the flavor if you’d like.
Grab your favorite bag of chips and enjoy!