May 5, 2009

Roasted Pepper Guacamole


In my somewhat humble opinion, this is the BEST guacamole ever. I've tried just about every version under the sun, from the minimalist type they make in Cabo, to the elaborate types made table side at fancy NYC restaurants, and this one is by far my favorite. It's the roasted garlic and red peppers that add just a bit of a unique flavor and really separate this one from the pack.

I've been making this version for years now (seriously, it was published in CL in 2006), and it's a hit every single time. Pair this guacamole with some tortilla chips and a big michelada and you will have yourself one heck of a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Roasted Pepper Guacamole
slightly adapted from Cooking Light

5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 medium red bell pepper
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (more or less depending on preference)
2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (additional to taste)
1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and coarsely mashed
  • Preheat oven to 450℉.
  • Wrap garlic cloves in aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes, or until soft.
  • Set aside to cool, then remove skins and, in a medium sized bowl, coarsely mash with a fork.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Slice pepper in half and remove seeds.
  • Place skin side up on a foil lined baking sheet, and press down with hand to flatten.
  • Broil for 15 minutes, turning frequently, until skin is blackened.
  • Wrap pepper in the aluminum foil and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Peel skin off pepper and finely chop.
  • Combine all ingredients to the garlic and stir well.

35 comments:

noble pig said...

This is a must try for me. I love the idea of the roasted pepps and garlic. Thank yoU!

Mary said...

I'll be trying this one for sure. I love this lightened version.

Justin said...

the best? hmmmmm. it does look good though.

Helene said...

You have me curious when you said the best. I have to try this one.

Lavanya said...

i want to try this..looks very good!!

Elra said...

This is truly a special Guacamole by adding roasted pepper in it.
Cheers,
elra

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I've been so busy that this is my first chance, in two days, to read food posts. Darn! Wish I had seen this sooner to plan to roast the garlic. You know I'm half Mexican, but I like this variation. Love the glass you served it in.

Tonight, it's traditional guac and chips and a Corona Beer with my feet up on the couch. My Cinco De Mayo will consist of me melting into a tired puddle.

I will definitely try your version. How can you go wrong?

Deb

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Anything that involves roasting garlic is a winner! I love guac but have to admit I've never made it...silly, isn't it?

Kerstin said...

I love guac and this looks so yummy with all the roasted garlic and red peppers! I just saved the recipe and will definitely be trying it!

dessertobsessed said...

i love guacamole! especially super chunky ones like this one!

Melissa said...

Guacamole is one of my favorite snacks ever! This one looks so tasty!

Chef Fresco said...

We love making guac! Never tried it with peppers though - nice addition!

Donna-FFW said...

I am trtying this version next time I mkae guacamole. It sounds truly fantastic. I adore roasted peppers, so this should be perfect!

Junglefrog said...

What a great idea to roast the garlic! Sounds absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making this the next time I am in need of a good guacamole recipe.

5 Star Foodie said...

Roasted pepper guacamole is a great idea! I will be trying it for sure! Thanks!

Lori Lynn said...

Very interesting addition to guacamole. Creative!
LL

Cate O'Malley said...

The addition of roasted peppers and garlic sound like a unique twist. Can't get enough of fresh guacamole - yum!

Sara said...

Yum, this looks great. Avocado is one of my favorite foods, so I can't wait to try it!

Stacey Snacks said...

I love guac, and always add a garlic clove to mine.
I eat an avocado with kosher salt and just spoon it out. It's so deliciously good!

Kendra said...

Yum...I've been in love with roasted red peppers lately...looks great!

Sophie said...

MMMMMM....lovely food! Yummie!

Emily said...

Oh wow, I love guacamole. Looks fantastic!

Grace said...

no need to be (somewhat) humble--i'm sure the roasted reds add a tremendous flavor to already-delicious guacamole. and they make it more christmas-appropriate, too. :)

Jamie said...

So yummy!! I love guacamole and mine is similar to yours except, of course, for the roasted red pepper! Brilliant! Gotta try it!

~Dana said...

Looks delicious! I love anything with avocados!

Juliana said...

That is a nice version for the "standard guacamole". Love the combination of flavors in it...and the colors are very nice. By the way, thank you so much for visiting my site and leaving nice note. I really appreciate.

The Duo Dishes said...

Totally love a good guac! Bring on the cerveza please!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I love guacamole. I will try this.
Thanks for sharing.

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Aimée said...

This version is new to me, but I think we would love it! Thanks.

Maria said...

I am going to try adding peppers, next time. Genius idea!

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Debbie said...

A yummy substitution: chipotle pepper for jalapeno (just a roasted jalapeno anyway!). I freeze them when I open a can (most recipes only need one anyway) so I had it on hand when I had forgotten to buy a jalapeno at the store. Very tasty!!

Anonymous said...

no cilantro - still very good. Thank you

Anonymous said...

I used anaheim instead of bell, - they're very aromatic and work well. Next time I'll also try to roast an eggplant and add to the mix. More garlic next time as well, it looses its potency when baked.