Spice up your Cinco de Mayo with guacamole

Cinco de Mayo is today — and it’s an excellent reason to eat Mexican food.

Personally, I think any reason is an excellent reason to eat Mexican food, but this one is an actual day devoted to such a thing.

If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I first recommend doing some research for yourself to dig up some of the history surrounding this day, and then I recommend making some guacamole.

After that, you can eat it with just about anything. Tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, rice, salad, the list is almost endless.

Enjoying the guacamole itself with a simple side of tortilla chips is also an option, and a wonderful option it is.

One of my favorite things about Mexican food is that you can really make it your own. Add some ‘guac,’ add some hot sauce, or add some sour cream.

You can eat the same dish with a bunch of friends, but with a wide variety of different final plates and flavors.

This is also a very kid friendly kind of food. There aren’t too many kids who don’t enjoy tortilla chips or cheese, and while guacamole may not necessarily be considered a kid-favorite, you may be surprised when your kids ask to have it again and again.

Reason number three to eat Mexican food is that it is filled with veggies and protein. While you may have to add a salad to many of our typical American dishes, the veggies are already incorporated into lots of Mexican food.

I believe I have gotten in all of the convincing I can without personally delivering you a taco with a heap of guacamole on the side, so without further delay, here is a great recipe for you to try on your own.

As always, thanks for reading and happy cooking from hbk!

Homemade Guacamole

INGREDIENTS

3 avocados, ripe

¢ small red onion, finely diced

2 roma tomatoes, diced

3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 lime, juiced

Pinch salt

Sprinkle of ground cumin

Sprinkle of chili powder

Optional – 1 jalapeno pepper, with seeds removed and finely diced, splash of Frank’s RedHot

1. Cut the avocados into small chunks and mash up with a fork in a medium sized bowl.

2. Mix the other veggies, spices and lime juice in, and stir until well combined.

3. Add optional ingredients if you desire. If you like spicy things, absolutely add in the jalapeno and hot sauce.

Serve and enjoy! Makes about 2.5 cups. Will keep in fridge for about three to four days, but tastes best freshly made.

Katy Wise is a Fredonia resident.

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