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Caution! Cuidado! Do not confuse Salsa de Aguacate, or Avocado Salsa with guacamole!
Have you ever been to an authentic Mexican restaurant?
You know, the kind where you walk in and you wonder if anyone in the place speaks English or you have to point to the picture of your food because the menu is in Spanish?
Chances are they are serving you Salsa de Aguacate and not Guacamole.
Looks can be deceiving. There is a big difference between the two salsas.
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Avocado Salsa Vs. Guacamole
- Avocado Salsa is thinner than guacamole and made with tomatillos.
- Guacamole is made only with avocados.
My best guess is that someone only had one avocado and had to stretch it, and so, they created Salsa de Aguacate.
It’s usually VERY spicy. Taste it first before adding a bunch on your plate.
Otherwise, you might find yourself gulping your Agua de Jamaica or your ice, cold cerveza down faster than you expected.
Other Names for this Salsa:
- Dip de Aguacate
- Avocado Salsa Verde
- Guacamole Taquero
- Tomatillo Guacamole
All of these names are acceptable. To be sure, ask your server what is in it.
My aunt adds a splash of olive oil for texture. Using olive oil does have its advantages. No refrigeration and less worrying whether it sits outside or not is definitely a good thing.
Avocados are very easy to dice. There are kitchen gadgets that can do this for you. However, a regular knife works well too.
The main objection is to get rid of the pit.
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How to dice an avocado
An avocado is oval-shaped. Look for the longest point and the widest point.
- Cut the avocado in half lengthwise.
- Be sure to cut all the way around.
Do this on a cutting board. It is easier than doing this on a plate.
How to tell if an avocado is ripe?
- Squeeze it gently.
- If there is some firmness but just enough give, then you’re good to go.
If the avocado squeezes easily, it might be bruised on the inside and not good to eat.
If when you squeeze the avocado, it’s hard as a rock, it’s going to take a few days to ripen. For a dinner that’s happening in a few days, this might not be a bad option.
Gently separate the two halves.
- In the meantime, you want the knife to get a hold of the seed.
- You will need to hold the avocado half in your hand and with the other hand tap the avocado seed with your knife.
- Please be very careful. Remove the seed.
See how mine above has a few brown spots? I will be removing those with a spoon before removing the diced avocado from the shell.
- Hold one of the avocado halves down.
- Dice the avocado while still inside the shell.
- Do this to the other side.
Some people save the seed. They say it helps the avocado from turning brown.
Personally, I throw it away, and wrap up any leftover avocado in plastic wrap.
If you are using it in a salsa like I am, you can also add some lemon to it to prevent from turning brown.
- Using a spoon, scoop out the diced avocado.
- Discard the shell.
Very, very easy! You just have to watch your fingers.
From here, you can put the diced avocado in salads or salsas as I am in this recipe for Salsa de Aguacate.
To make avocado slices, simply make long cuts lengthwise. Do not cut across.
History lesson: Aguacate, or avocado, comes from the Aztec meaning “testicle.” I can’t make this stuff up, folks. Look it up on Wikipedia. You’ve gotta have a lot of cajones to make this sauce. 🙂
This salsa is also great for snacking with veggies or tortilla chips. It is also completely 100% vegan. iProvecho!
Hungry for More?
Salsa de Aguacate, or Avocado Salsa
- Add tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeño in a large stock pot.
- Add enough water to cover.
- Bring to a boil.
- Let boil 6-8 minutes, or until tomatillo is soft.
- Turn off stove.
- Add cooked tomatillo, onion,garlic, and jalapeño to a blender along with 1 cup of the water used in boiling.
- Discard the rest of the water.
- Be very careful. It will be very hot.
- With a kitchen towel, blend until smooth.
- Add salt, cilantro, lime juice, avocado.
- Add olive oil or sour cream (if using)
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste for good measure.
- Serve and enjoy!
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