Aug 022011

I’m enamored with all things tropical, and food is no exception.  Many of my favorite dishes come from tropical locales around the globe such as Central America, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Malaysia & the Middle East.  Of all of these great cuisines, I remain partial to my first true love – Mexican!

Admittedly, I’m not a gourmet chef.  But I know my way around a kitchen, and I know Mexican food. Guacamole is a tried and true favorite, and a staple in my house.


2 ripe avocados (do the squeeze test and make sure they are soft but not mushy)

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

1/2 – 1 roma tomato

2 tablespoons diced red onion

1-2 teaspoons fresh, chopped cilantro

Juice of one lime

Salt to taste (I prefer sea salt)

Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Slice the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit.  Scoop out the avocado and mash in a medium sized bowl.  Add the jalapeno pepper, roma tomato, red onion and cilantro.  Stir.  Add the lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.  Stir again.  Serve with tortilla chips.

It is easy to adjust any of the guacamole ingredients to taste.  There is no need to be exact with the measurements.

Serves 2 hungry adults


For spicier guacamole, substitute the jalapeno pepper with a Serrano (not for the spice shy).

Omit the tomato, or try different types of tomatoes

Other Serving Ideas

Instead of dipping with tortilla chips, serve with carrots, red peppers or other veggies for a lower calorie option.

Instead of mayonnaise, ketchup or mustard, use as a topping for freshly grilled burgers.

As a vegetarian, I love to top my spicy black bean burger with guacamole.

Spread on a flour tortilla prior to wrapping your fajitas.

What is your favorite tropical dish?
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