What is better than guacamole on a hot summer evening?
This chipotle corn and black bean guacamole.
I don’t know about you, but when I make guacamole it is usually my meal. Not the best of habits since it’s hardly balanced, unless you’re using vegetables to dip in your guacamole (but I wholly admit that I am not).
At work this week we had a dip contest (pics of which are on my flickr), and I never set out to lose anything so I collected all my creative juices to reinvent my guacamole recipe for this year’s event. Last year, we had a category of guacamole, and when I was the only one who made it, they lumped it in with all the savoury dips. Guacamole is great, but it doesn’t compete at the same level as general savoury because, let’s face it, cheese-based dips will probably always win (speaking of which, I will have a reinvented cheeseburger dip in an upcoming post that was this year’s winner on creativity).
I can’t help but think I will never make the other version of guacamole ever again because this one is so good. With the smoky chipotle, it is just…yum…and surprisingly addictive. Or maybe not surprisingly since guacamole is great.
It requires more ingredients, but it’s no more complex to throw together than the original version. I also recommend if you’ve never made guacamole in a vitamin before to try it sometime and you may be surprised how easy it is. If you’ve never hand-mashed an avocado before, it’s simple and easy and you won’t even break a sweat.
And I’ll be adopting this one as my new picnic staple. So come on people, let’s have some picnics!
- 3 avocados, pitted, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
- 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
- ¾ cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- ¾ cup sweet corn, drained
- ¾ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup fresh chopped flat leaf parsley (I love cilantro but I am doing this to accommodate those who think cilantro tastes like soap)
- 2 teaspoons chipotle peppers, seeded and chopped + 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chilies, or to taste (I use the brilliant method from Our Best Bites to process the rest of the can and store it)
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
- Tortilla chips for serving
- In a medium bowl, mash the avocados to the desired consistency, add lemon juice and stir.
- Stir in the tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, black beans and parsley.
- Sprinkle with adobo sauce, chipotle peppers, freshly ground black pepper and salt. Mix thoroughly. Serve immediately or refrigerate for a few hours to enhance flavours.
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