If you live in Atlanta and have never tried guacamole, you do not know what you are missing. Although this delicious snack and ingredient was originally discovered in Mexican food, it has since become a popular food across all of America. This treat is usually served with chips at local Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants, such as Moe’s or Chipotle, but is also a popular ingredient on tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. Lucky for you—guacamole is easy to make and can also be enjoyed at home.
What is Guacamole?
Guacamole is basically mashed, raw avocados mixed with other ingredients to taste. The avocados give guacamole the green base, and other ingredients, such as tomatoes and onions give it some textured flavor. Guacamole is especially popular on Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo. This treat is a perfect tailgate or party snack and a favorite Mexican restaurant side dish. Guacamole, due to its base of avocados are also super healthy. Guacamole has been linked to improving heart, skin, and hair health, as well as contributing to weight loss, cancer prevention, and a stronger immune and digestive system.
Guacamole History: A Mexican Food?
The history of this tasty treat dates back to the Aztec Empire in Central America during the 1500s. Avocados were a favorite fruit in the area, and the Aztecs loved their “ahuaca-mulli” or avocado-mixture. The Spaniards also loved this treat, but could not pronounce the name correctly. This tasty spread first included avocados, tomatoes, and chilis, but over the years the Spaniards started adding their own ingredients, like onions, cilantro and lime juice. With time, the Spanish pronunciation changed the name of this dish to guacamole. The Spaniards had trouble growing avocados back in Spain, leaving guacamole a popular Mexican food item in the Americas. Today, guacamole sales are steadily increasing, because it is so healthy and delicious.
There are hundreds of different guacamole recipes across the world. In the southeast, specifically Atlanta, the most popular recipe calls for combining the following ingredients:
- Peeled and mashed avocados
- Chopped onions
- Diced tomatoes
- Chopped cilantro
- Diced fresh jalapeño or paprika seasoning
- Lime Juice
You will want to use more avocados than other ingredients to make the base for the guacamole. The amount of other ingredients is based purely on your preference. If you like spicy, add extra jalapeños, and if not, don’t add any. You can use pepper to give it a little kick instead. Make sure to keep your guacamole concealed in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Prolonged exposure to oxygen will give the guacamole a somewhat brown color.
Guacamole has become a popular American dish across the United States. If you are looking for the best guacamole in Atlanta, Georgia, visit Twisted Taco. Our guacamole is made to order and served in a molcajete. Spend your evening snacking with a friend on one of our many rooftop patios watching the sunset.
Twisted Taco serves a variety of Tex-Mex entrees with an American “twist.” Try one of our 13 handcrafted margaritas or 40 types of beer. Our guacamole goes great on one of our 20+ mouthwatering tacos or as an appetizer. You can also try our sweet and savory guacamole, which includes crispy bacon, fresh mangos and pineapples. Visit us today and enjoy the fun!