Every year, the state of California is home to the Big Game—a football game that highlights a long-time rival between UC and Stanford.
What does this have to do with guacamole?
Well, guacamole and the Big Game have become synonymous. During that week in 2015, Americans consumed an astounding number of avocados—240 million, to be exact. Since 111 million people typically watch that game, that’s more than one avocado per person.
And, they’re not eating avocados like apples either. Rather, the most popular method of consuming these green fruit continues to be guacamole.
Want to learn more interesting facts about guacamole? You’ve come to the right place.
How to Pick the Right Avocado
Avocados are notoriously finicky when it comes to finding their sweet spot.
Still, there are a couple of key signs your avocado is ripe and ready to eat:
- Yields to firm but gentle pressure
- It typically has a darker color once ripe
Always check both of these things, as the color of avocado can vary, whereas the feel of it is always telling. At this point, your avocado is ripe and should get eaten ASAP! If you’re not ready, store it in the fridge for 1 to 2 days.
Ingredients You Can Add to Your Guacamole
Guacamole can be as simple or complex, authentic or totally new as you want it to be. It’s a versatile dip, and that’s why we love it!
Some of the most common guacamole ingredients include:
- Garlic (fresh or powder)
- Fresh, coarsely-chopped cilantro
- Lime juice
- Diced tomatoes
- Something with a little heat, like fresh diced jalapenos or a hint of hot sauce
- Finely-chopped red onion
But, perhaps one of the many things that make guacamole so great is how you can play around with your ingredients and measurements based on taste preferences or dietary restrictions.
So, if these ingredients don’t appeal to you, no worries! Skip the cilantro and do parsley instead—it’s all good.
How to Make a Guacamole Last
First, it helps to know that air/oxygen browns your guacamole as it oxidizes the avocado. Taking these things out of the equation is how to keep your guac looking green.
There are several methods to storing guacamole (plastic wrap right on top; using a lime or lemon to impart citric acid). However, one method proves to be a success: pouring a thin layer of water atop the guac.
The water, for the most part, will sit above the guacamole, rarely permeating. Then, the next day, pour that water off the top. Whatever water is left over, mix in with your remaining guac, and no one at your taco bar party will know the difference (including you).
Holy Guacamole! Enjoy These Fun Facts About Guacamole
Guacamole is undeniably delicious. While its base remains the same—smooth, ripe, green avocados—the rest calls for creativity and flexibility.
Don’t like spicy foods? Skip jalapenos. Want a little zing? Add some garlic (or have a sip of tequila while you work).
Or, you could leave the work to us. We know a thing or two about avocados (okay—we’re experts in facts about guacamole).
Come on by to Taqueria 27 and pair one of our several authentic tequilas with our fresh guac of the day!