Avocado is a popular ingredient in a number of different cuisines around the world, but Mexican cooking uses avocado in many different recipes. Avocados bring a mild, creamy flavor to Mexican dishes, which compliment rich and spicy flavors that are popular in the country’s cuisine.
History of Guacamole and Avocado Salsa
Avocados are native to Mexico and have been consumed for hundreds of years. The Aztecs are credited to the creation of the first Guacamole, which was a combination of avocado, onions, and tomatoes. With the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the introduction of trade and other ingredients like Persian limes, the recipe developed into the guacamole that we know today.
Salsas have a very similar origin story – popularized by the Aztecs in the 16th century and adjusted overtime after colonization. Not much else is known about the differentiation of the two – however, over time, people began making the two dips for different purposes.
Guacamole and Avocado Salsa Ingredients
The difference begins with the tomatillos. These are a variety of nightshade, very similar to green tomatoes, which have a papery skin and bright, acidic flavor. Tomatillos are a common ingredient in avocado salsa, which help balance the richness of the avocado.
In guacamole, the brightness comes from either lemon or lime juice.
How do you prepare guacamole and avocado salsa?
While the Aztecs probably used a molcajete to make both of these recipes, these days guacamole and avocado salsa is prepared very differently.
To make guacamole, the chopped ingredients are usually added to a large bowl and mashed together with a potato masher or a fork until the desired consistency is reached for either smooth or chunky guacamole.
To make avocado salsa, the best tool to use is a blender – which will puree the avocado, tomatillos, onion, cilantro, and any chiles you decide to add. This will result in smooth avocado salsa. Depending on how smooth and thin you like your salsa, you can add water to help with the blending process.
How do you serve guacamole and avocado salsa?
Both guacamole and avocado salsa can be served however you’d like, but their differing textures make them ideal for different serving styles.
Because guacamole is thicker in texture, it makes it great for filling a burrito or wrap – where avocado salsa could easily drip out if it’s too thin and can make the burrito soggy. Avocado salsa is great for topping on soft tacos and even dipping in crunchy rolled taquitos. Both are great to eat as a dip with tortilla chips!
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