Happy National Guacamole Day! Guacamole has quickly become an essential appetizer, and today is the day to grab your avocados and get smashing. Here are some fun guac facts, plus some recipes to celebrate in style.
The word guacamole goes back as far as the word for avocados, and the recipe is almost as old! “Guac” comes from “ahuahatl,” the nuahatl (Aztec) word for avocados. And if you’re familiar with the thick Mexican stew mole (MOH-lay), you might know that “guacamole” also means “sauce.”
Guacamole, as the “avocado sauce” name implies, can vary in consistency from very thick and chunky to a thin green salsa. If you like your guac extra thick, try this Authentic Guacamole recipe. For a thinner guacamole that you can pour, add a bit of water and blend it up.
Your Guac Get-Together
Guac is truly best when it’s fresh, so why not take the guac party idea even further and have a recipe-sharing party! Everyone picks one recipe, brings their ingredients, and you can work together before feasting on your own creations. Eat the guac within two hours for optimal freshness. In the rare case of leftovers, squeeze a bit of lime on top, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge.
Here are a few recipes to feature at your next get-together.
Green Means “Guac”
Let your guac shine as the green light in this dipping stop light!
1. Make a thick guac with cilantro for an extra-bright green light.
2. Don’t let the yellow light slow you down! Put a bowl of melted queso in the middle.
3. Red light ahead! Make a tomato salsa extra spicy and stop people in their tracks.
Make a Night of It
National Guacamole Day in the U.S. is the same day as Mexican Independence Day, September 16th. Have a contest to see who can make the most interesting guacamole, then stay up all night on the night of the 15th, until the wee hours of the morning of Independence Day, to dar el grito, or give a shout out in honor of the 1810 revolution.
The classic guacamole contains only mashed avocado, tomatoes, and salt, but there are so many other ingredients you can add to spice things up!
It’s a myth that you can just plop the avocado seed into your guac to keep it from oxidizing and turning brown. If you must make it ahead of time, try some of our tried and true tips to keep your guac fresher, longer.