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Citrus-Infused Guacamole w/ Baked Cumin-Dusted Tortilla Chips

I live in the land of year-round, ripe and affordable avocados (Southern California). I don’t think I ever even had avocados as a kid, but in my house now they’re pretty much daily eats. We slice them up in the morning and top our omelettes with them. At lunch, they make an appearance in salad. And if we’re in Mexican-mode for dinner, we’ll have them in the evening too. Avocados are best though when you mash them up and make a big bowl of fresh guacamole. I usually just make my basic guacamole recipe, but my recent trip to Mexico had me thinking about different ways to prepare it. My new creation: Citrus-Infused Guacamole with Baked Cumin-Dusted Tortilla Chips.

A really simple guacamole to make, I mashed up some avocados and added fresh lime and orange juices. I know that pineapple isn’t technically considered a “citrus” fruit, but I threw some pineapple juice in there too. A little hot sauce, cilantro and sea salt and this guacamole was ready to serve.

To serve alongside the guac, I baked some tortilla chips: I sprayed white corn tortillas with nonstick spray and gave them a sprinkle of cumin, cayenne & sea salt. A quick slicing with the pizza cutter and they were thrown into a hot oven until crispy.

When you make guacamole, it’s all about preparing it to taste. If you want more of a certain flavor, just add more. The freshly baked chips were wonderful dipped into the guacamole. I also had a bunch of fresh pineapple, and I found myself dunking fresh pineapple in there too- a great, new discovery!  Next time, I’ll serve up skewered pineapple chunks along with the tortilla chips. This guacamole turns out to have a slight hint of citrus and spice (again… you can make it more citrusy or more spicy if you desire).   It’s a delicious, healthy option to munch on if you find yourself watching the big game on Feb. 7th.

Detailed instructions for this recipe can be found here: Citrus Guacamole
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19 Responses to “Citrus-Infused Guacamole w/ Baked Cumin-Dusted Tortilla Chips”

  1. postedJan 26, 2010 9:35 AM

    Your baked chips look delicious and perfect! Mine never come out that nicely. I love the fruit flavors in the guac!

  2. postedJan 26, 2010 9:48 AM

    I like the guac idea. I am a huge fan of the old classic but some days you just want something different. Plus avocados are so healthy for you too.

  3. postedJan 26, 2010 10:15 AM

    Wow! Looks delicious. I wish we could get better/cheaper avocadoes on the East Coast. I love them!

  4. postedJan 26, 2010 11:59 AM

    Oh man, that sounds awesome. I have a couple avocados sitting in my pantry right now…

  5. postedJan 26, 2010 11:59 AM

    Dear me, that sounds fantastic. And here’s me avoiding avocado whilst I’m doing 10 in 10!

  6. postedJan 26, 2010 12:12 PM

    Wow, what a healthy take on a not to healthy snack!!! Well done, Lori! Snacking can be good for you, I see!!

  7. postedJan 26, 2010 12:40 PM

    Someone mentioned cinnamon sugar tortilla chips this morning, which seemed like a great snack. It wouldn’t go as well with your guac, but it’s worth a try.

  8. postedJan 26, 2010 1:40 PM

    Chips and dip look delicious!!!!I could live on both!!! (I think)

  9. postedJan 26, 2010 6:36 PM

    Mmm. I love any guacamole, but this sounds delicious.

  10. postedJan 26, 2010 6:48 PM

    What a fabulous way to change up guacamole! I’m going to have to try dipping pineapple into it… that sounds like something I would enjoy!

  11. postedJan 26, 2010 6:51 PM

    Those chips look so crispy and delicious. What a great way to lighten up chips!

  12. postedJan 27, 2010 4:44 AM

    I love any type of guacamole and this sounds like such a nice flavor combo, BUT the chips with cumin and cayenne really caught my eye!

  13. postedJan 27, 2010 11:20 AM

    What a great Super Bowl food!

  14. postedJan 27, 2010 12:56 PM

    You are making me hungry! And I have all the ingredients…guacamole is one of my favorite snack foods. I might make this tonight after the kids go to bed for a little snack.

  15. postedJan 27, 2010 4:52 PM

    I got way into avocados a few years ago and now there is no going back…love ‘em. This Guac and chips look great!!

  16. postedJan 27, 2010 6:54 PM

    Delicious and healthy snack you’ve got here for sure. Love the idea of the orange & pineapple juice in the guac!

  17. postedJan 27, 2010 7:20 PM

    love to experiment with guacamole……..

  18. postedJan 28, 2010 5:33 AM

    I happen to have a couple of avocados waiting for something to happen in the fridge. This would be a great idea.

  19. postedJan 28, 2010 11:02 AM

    Wow – I never thought to add new flavors to guacamole like that! Great recipe… and a nice, healthy snack!

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