Have you ever eaten guacamole before? If so, you may have experienced it at your favorite local Mexican restaurant or maybe even on top of a gourmet burger. What is guacamole? Guacamole is made from avocados and sea salt and often includes a blend of tomatoes, onions, spices, cilantro, lime, garlic, and other ingredients. There are many health benefits of guacamole, usually related to the healthy fats found in avocados. This food, which is typically used as a dip or topping, has seen increased popularity in recent years, especially in both contemporary Mexican and American dining. However, you may not know the exact guacamole origins and history when it comes to this versatile food.
Guacamole origins date all the back to the time of the Aztecs in Mexico, probably sometime around the 16th century. The Aztecs lived in central Mexico between the 1300s and 1500s. Literally translated from the Aztec dialect Nahuatl, the word ahuacamolli or guacamole means “avocado sauce,” denoting the fruit the dish is made from. The latter part of the word, “mole,” refers to a sauce or “concoction” in Aztec.
In Spanish, guacamole is pronounced with a “waka” sound at the beginning, not with the hard g heard in American English pronunciations. Guatemalans refer to guacamole as without the “e” at the end. No matter where you go and how you say it, however, the dish remains fairly consistent across cultures, with a few substitutions in ingredients every now and then (besides the avocados, which are necessary to make the dish).
In the United States and Mexico, as many as 30 million pounds of avocados are sold to make guacamole on two days of the year: Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo. The dish is fairly simple to make, and many people use basic guacamole recipes that just call for a mixture of mashed avocado and salsa. However, it is possible to get more creative with the dish than that. More traditional recipes may call for jalapenos, for instance.
What kinds of foods include guacamole? Fresh guacamole dips are used as appetizers or sides, and it is common to dip tortilla chips into them. Guacamole may be found alongside burritos and tacos and on tostadas (or fried tortillas). It is similar to guasacaca, a vinegar-based avocado sauce from Venezuela, and mantequilla de pobre, or poor man’s butter, which uses tomato, oil, and citrus juice with the avocado.
Have questions on guacamole origins or how to incorporate this dish into your favorite meals? Check out recipes online. You can also buy guacamole prepared at the supermarket, and many of these brands will suggest uses for their dips. You can also leave a comment below for your questions or suggestions. Continue reading here.