guacamole with tomatoes and bell peppers

I love avocados. I consider them to be one of the world’s most perfect foods. I also love guacamole, though I rarely take the time to really follow a real recipe for it. One of my favorite places for guacamole is a restaurant in Chicago named Adobo Grill, where they make it to order tableside in a big lava stone mortar (someone even posted a video of it on YouTube). When I lived in Chicago I would often go with friends, sit at the bar, and order just the guac… and may a few margaritas;-)

The basic ingredients at Adobo are really the only ones you need: garlic, white onion, lime juice, jalapenos, cilantro, diced tomatoes, salt, and, very important, perfectly ripe avocados. And, while I admit that I rarely have all of the ingredients on hand, I don’t think that I have ever ventured outside the confines of this list. Until now. When Dorie suggested that I add, eek, bell peppers to the mix.

Luckily, my husband was out of town so I didn’t have to hear any complaints from the bell pepper hater. And, since it’s rather difficult to find decent tortilla chips around here, I decided to cut up the rest of the bell pepper and put it to use scooping up the finished product.

End result? Not bad. But not great. Bell peppers will not be appearing in my guacamole again.

On the plus side, the US soccer team did not embarrass themselves in yesterday’s game against Germany. We may have lost, but we put up a good fight and even managed to make it out of the group round. Here’s hoping we can do better against Belgium next week.


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16 Responses to guacamole with tomatoes and bell peppers

  1. Cher says:

    I am a bell pepper hater too, so they didn’t show up to my party 🙂
    I have been relieved that team USA has been making a decent showing too. Whew…

  2. I remember going to a place that made the guacamole at the table with a really large mortar… very nice. and I’m with you no red pepper… too chewy.

  3. Mary Hirsch says:

    That’s what I like about my favorite guacamole recipe – it was originally made table side at Rosa Mexicano in Manhattan. That’s where I first tasted it so when I make it at home, it’s a nice memory. (So are the 3 margaritas I was able to throw down that night.) I didn’t mind the bell peppers but I cut them up very tiny. This was easy to make and good and I will probably make it again. Using the bell pepper as a scoop is a good idea.

  4. Cakelaw says:

    He, he, I like a margarita too. I think you are in the majority in not liking the bell pepper in the guacamole.

  5. Eileen says:

    I’m with you on the peppers. I prefer they not be included.

  6. I love places that make guac tableside. In fact, I was nearly doing this last week as my guests were arriving as I was just starting to make it 😉

  7. Diane Zwang says:

    My guests were skeptical of the bell pepper too. I must have diced them small enough that I did not get any complaints.

  8. I love that they made their guacamole table side…a fun experience I’m sure! I like red bell peppers so I actually enjoyed this recipe…However, I don’t think the taste would be better or worse if you left them out! I think recipes like this are best when you adjust to your own likings.

  9. I love Adobo Grill’s guacamole, too!!! I haven’t been there in ages, but we have one downtown.

  10. Emily says:

    Love the look of your guacamole and the healthy alternative to chips to dip with!

  11. thekitchenlioness says:

    Rose, very lovely looking guacamole – vegetables are always a good alternative to chips and so very bountiful at this time of year!

  12. Alice Mizer says:

    ahhh… I love some bell peppers – and love it in guac, but I’m glad you enjoyed your guac and veggies!! : )

  13. Teresa says:

    I am one of the minority – I really enjoyed the bell pepper in this, but I mixed mine up in the food processor, so chewiness wasn’t an issue. I agree with you though – the missing ingredient was a margarita.

  14. Karen says:

    I didn’t mind the bell peppers, but I would probably skip them next time as they were unnecessary. We devoured our guacamole!

  15. jora says:

    I agree. The bell peppers were fine in the guacamole, but they won’t be making a repeat appearance in my house. I much prefer my bell peppers next to the guacamole.

  16. I wish I could get my hands on one of those large mortars but seriously, I’d face divorce if I brought one of those things home. But still, right? I like bell peppers but I still say leave them out of guac as they don’t NEED to be there.

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