Summer Appetizer: Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 18, 2010 at 3:12pm

If you’ve eaten at Barrio Tequila Bar lately (and if you haven’t, you should…), you’ll recognize this guacamole presentation, with sliced jalapeños and radishes. I copied it because I’m absolutely smitten with the extra crunch and heat of the raw vegetables – as if I needed yet another reason to love guacamole.

Or anything at Barrio.

(I knocked back a soft-shell crab taco last night. Lordy.)

I’m a bit promiscuous with my own guacamole concoctions – jalapeños, tomatillos, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon, lime, chipotles…they all make appearances, in various combinations. This version features garlic and smoky chipotles.

I would have added a chopped tomato, but I heaped this particular green glory on a grilled, open-face burger, along with a big ol’ slice of tomato.

Be aware – I like it hot, so start with a smaller amount of chipotle if you need. And taste your jalapeño before eating big slices – their heat varies widely! (You can tell that I blog from Minnesota with all of those spicy! heat! uff da! warnings…)

Smoky Chipotle Guacamole
Serves 4

1 ripe avocado (gives lightly to pressure when pressed)
sea salt
1 chipotle chili from a can of chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, minced to a paste (note: if you are sensitive to heat, start with 1/2 of a chipotle chili, taste the guacamole, and add more to taste)
1 clove garlic, minced to a paste
juice of 1 lime
1 ripe garden tomato, seeded & chopped

1 thinly sliced jalapeño pepper
2 thinly sliced radishes

Cut avocado in half. Remove pit and discard. Spoon flesh from the skin and add to a medium bowl. Season with salt (1/2 tsp. to start), then mash avocado with the chipotle, garlic, and lime. Gently stir in the chopped tomato. Correct seasoning. Garnish with sliced jalapeños and radishes. Serve with tortilla chips.


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  1. By SML on July 20, 2010 at 7:11PM

    Thank you! If you're digging all things chipotle right now, you'll love this. Fun!

  2. By fresh365 on July 20, 2010 at 5:56AM

    I have been on such a chipolte kick lately. Guacamole sounds like the perfect idea!

  3. By SML on July 19, 2010 at 7:26AM

    I did not know there will be a Barrio in Edina - good news indeed, thank you. And Tracey, yes, my very own, a birthday gift from my stepmother. Total pain to get it cleaned and smoothed and ready to use, but now that it's done - I absolutely love it. I don't even chop anything for the guac, just grind it up, creates that just-right texture. Thanks for the heads up on the FNJ mention - nice to wake up to on a Monday morning :)

  4. By Tracey@TangledNoodle on July 19, 2010 at 7:03AM

    Oh, is that your own molcajete? I would love to get one - if not, I will settle for some of this ever so tasty smoky chipotle guacamole! I need to haul myself to Barrio . . .

  5. By Anonymous on July 18, 2010 at 7:30PM

    Did you know they are opening another Barrio in Edina next to Salut? Now even closer to having their amazing Guac!