Chipotle Lime Guacamole

This week, the temperature outside has heated up to the point I had to turn on the air conditioning so that I wouldn’t get all hot and cranky to be around.  Weather like this causes me to want only refreshing things – fruity beverages, lots of citrus, cold, cold, cold.  We went out for food with a few of Alex’s friends, and I got a fruity, rummy beverage, and now I’m really excited to start making some fun cocktails this summer.  Alex’s mom got me a bunch of fun flavored brandies and schnapps for my 21st, which I’m sure will be lovely additions for lots of cocktails, as well as flavorings for baking!  I’ll probably wait till the weekend for the fun drinks, but in the meantime, I made a smoky guacamole that also fits the fresh category.

While not many people would consider guacamole “light” fare, the hefty dose of lime really makes it feel that way.  A nice bit of chipotle peppers in adobo adds a hint of smoke without overpowering the guacamole with spiciness.  I threw in a bit of onion and garlic for more flavor and a hint of crisp sweetness and finished it off with some salt and pepper.  Not very many ingredients, packed with flavor.  Just what I like in a good dip!
This is awesome with tortilla chips or veggies, and it’s especially good as a garnish for tacos.  I made some slow-cooked chipotle chicken tacos that we served this up with, and it was all kinds of good.  I didn’t capture the tacos, but it was super easy and delicious, so I’m sure it’ll be in our rotation fairly often this summer – I’ll post it the next time around!
As with my other guacamole recipe on the blog, the good dose of lime makes this a great picnic or BBQ guacamole – it takes it a lot longer to brown, so it’ll stay looking fresh and appetizing, even if it’s sitting out for a while!  I’m seeing a lot of guacamole in my summer – it’s hardly started, and we’ve already gone through 3 or 4 batches, just between the two of us!
Feel free to up the amount of chipotle peppers you put in if you want it to have more of a kick.  I was going for more smoky than spicy, but I do enjoy a spicy dip now and then.  The recipe, as is, will suit just about everyone.  Play around with it, though, to suit your particular tastes!
What’s your favorite fresh dip or fruity beverage in the summer months?  I would love some ideas!



Chipotle Lime Guacamole
serves 4-6

    • 3 avocados, pitted and flesh scooped out
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 1/2 t salt
    • 1/8 t black pepper
    • 1/4 cup onion, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
    • 1 T adobo sauce

In a large bowl, toss the avocado flesh and lime juice together. With a fork, mash the avocado until just slightly chunky. Add in the salt and pepper, and mix.  Add in the onion, garlic, chipotle pepper and sauce, and fold until dispersed evenly.
Allow to come to room temperature before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.