Avocado, meet Bacon. Bacon, Avocado.
Last Christmas I dropped some major hints to Santa that I wanted a molcajete. For justification, I even drew up a list of all the things I could do with it… and at the top of that list was guacamole. Needless to say it showed up under our tree and it’s been used more times than I can count – a fact GamerMan to this day still finds as “astounding” because he totally thought it’d be more of a paperweight than a regularly used utensil. I.SHOWED.
Fast forward to this weekend where I found myself wondering what I was going to do with extra bacon. In a previous life I would have eaten it on the spot, but now that I’m on my way to becoming a vegetarian (yea, you heard that right… and I think Hell just froze over too. who’s down to ski tomorrow!?) I had a serious debate to bag or toss it.
And just as I was about to pitch those crispy strips into the bin, I had an epiphany. BACONGUAC.
Smoky Bacon Guacamole
FTY Original – Serves 6
1/4 cup white onion, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 yellow chili peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher salt (+ to taste)
2 Haas avocados, pitted, skinned, and diced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 lime, juiced (+ to taste)
4 strips center cut bacon, hickory smoked, minced
This recipe works best when using a molcajete since mashing the ingredients creates a more finely textured finished product. No molcajete? Use a bowl and remember… Amazon is your friend!
In a molcajete, combine onion, garlic, chilis, and salt and mash until no singular pieces remain. Seriously, this takes a while so if you’re down with the chunky guac, go for it. If you want the smooth texture, mashing down chilis with a molcajete pestle is majorly therapeutic.
Once mashed to your preference, add in avocado meat and mash to combine. Again, if you like chunkage, mash less. Prefer smooth? Mash mas!
Using a spoon, stir in the red chili flakes and cumin until combined. Add lime.
Stir in bacon bits and adjust spiceage to taste. Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy!
BONUS: I totally added 1/2 teaspoon of STUBB’S Hickory Liquid Smoke to my guac for an extra dose of smokiness. If you have some on hand, use it. If not, no biggs!
I’ll be a real vegetarian next week. Scouts honor!