Vegetables and spices are blended over heat before adding avocado, giving this small-batch Guacamole a velvety smooth, yet chunky texture that’s perfect for dipping!
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that my husband, Abe (AKA Mr. Crumby), is an amazing cook.
If I haven’t, well…consider it mentioned. Not just mentioned. Shouted from the rooftops.
Abe is the best cook I know.
I may be slightly biased, but whatever. Before I started this blog, I was so spoiled! I very rarely had to worry about what was for dinner, because he usually had it figured out. If he didn’t, he would make short order of throwing something satisfying together.
A lot of times when he gets home from work nowadays, I’m already occupying the kitchen, creating some new blog fodder. This is no problem him, since his other favorite hobby is video games, so not having to cook frees him up to just relax.
But you know what? There are plenty of days when I get home from work and I’m just so beat, or have such a full schedule, that I can’t imagine coming up with a meal. Luckily, My Amazing Mr. Crumby is always there to step in and take the helm.
You’ve all begun to get to know me in the last ten or so months that I’ve been around, and now I feel like you should get to know my better half, as well. He is, after all, not only my biggest simultaneous supporter and critic, he’s also my fork handler, reflector holder, last-minute ingredient shopper, and culinary partner-in-crime.
With that said, I’d like to introduce my newest series on the blog (joining Mix It Up Mondays and Fabulous Fridays): Mr. Crumby’s Kitchen. In the series, I’ll showcase my sweet hubby’s favorite and most delicious recipes, which include a vastly different cast of ingredients. And I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than with a scaled down party food favorite: Guacamole for Two.
Guacamole for Two
Over the last nine years that we’ve been a couple, I have come to realize what a sheltered food life I was living before we met.
Growing up in a Polish-German household with my Nana commanding the kitchen, I was used to safe, family style meals. We didn’t branch out and try new things very often, if at all, so even eating out meant something like what I’d have at home.
I didn’t know any better.
I love a good meat and potatoes dish to this day, and I know that will never change, but my eyes have since been opened to the wonderful world of food. Being a part of Mr. Crumby’s life has exposed me to foods that I’d never heard of before, much less expected to love as much as I do. Avocado, eggplant, calamari, scallops. And those are just the simple foods.
Hell. I used to eat my steaks and burgers well done. If that’s not foodie ignorance, I don’t know what is.
Growing up in the Dominican Republic, he was used to eating foods that are way less popular in the United States: beef tripe, chicken hearts and feet, cow tongue.
Those are still things I’m not sold on, to be honest. (Although the stew the tripe was in was wonderful, I just couldn’t stomach the tripe itself.) Some stuff you just have to be brought up on, I guess; I know plenty of people who turn their nose up at sauerkraut and liverwurst, which are two things I grew up loving.
Avocado, while way more common here, is one of those things I never saw myself liking. Textural issues, I think. But, in came Mr. Crumby and promptly turned my texture issue on its head with this very guac. While not super chunky like the original Mexican kind, it still has a lovely texture.
It’s super creamy, thanks in part to the smashed avocado, but also to the finely diced veggies that you actually sauté for a bit before you mix it all together. Most guacamole recipes call for the raw vegetables to be simply tossed in a bowl with the green stuff. In Mr. Crumby’s version, the sautéing not only softens the peppers and onions ever so slightly, but it blends the flavors so that, when you bite in to a chunk of tomato, you taste a hint of the other ingredients in it as well.
The onions aren’t so oniony when they have garlic and a bite of red wine vinegar infused in them. That’s a big plus for me.
This guacamole has always been a big hit at any event we’ve taken it to, and Mr. Crumby usually makes it in larger batches. But sometimes, you just feel like guac when there’s nothing special to celebrate.
Which is why this “For Two” recipe is so perfect!
You can eat your fill, have enough to share, and don’t have to worry about it getting brown and gross and making friends with the trash can.
And if you really like guacamole? Well, I won’t judge if you double the recipe and still call it “for two.”
Guacamole for Two
- 2 tablespoons green pepper chopped
- 2 tablespoons jalapeno finely diced
- 2 tablespoons red onion finely diced
- 2 tablespoons garlic finely diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro finely diced
- 2 ½ tablespoons tomato chopped
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning
- ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 large Hass avocado mashed
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- Combine all ingredients except avocado and lime juice in a small saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes to blend flavors, being sure not to allow the vinegar to evaporate.
- Set aside to cool. If you prefer smooth guacamole, toss the mixture in a blender and puree.
- While tomato mixture is cooling, in a medium bowl, mash avocado well with a fork. Stir in lime juice, then add in vegetable mix and blend well.
How do you like your guacamole: chunky or smooth?
Lisa K says
I love guacamole, but not enough to make a serving for 5 when I live alone. This recipe is perfect for me! 🙂
Amen! Although I don’t usually have to worry, since my husband takes care of the leftovers, but it’s nice to be able to make a smaller portion.
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Gorgeous Pictures. My husband and I LOVE Guac and this would be a perfect recipe for an in house date night!
Thanks Kristen! Hope you guys enjoy. 🙂
Terri Ramsey Beavers says
My mom loves guacamole and your post just reminded me that I haven’t made her any in awhile. Thanks so much for sharing, your photos are making me so hungry. I don’t personally eat guacamole but my mom loves hers chunky and my DIL likes her smooth.
That’s great – you can split it in half and make one chunky and the other creamy smooth! 🙂 Guac is definitely an acquired taste! Thanks for stopping by!
Avocado is my favorite fruit! 🙂 And you can’t leave me alone with a bowl of guacamole because I will eat the entire thing! I’ve been known to eat avocado all by itself – sliced down the middle, pit popped out and with a spoon. Oh, and having a husband that cooks – awesome!!
Hubby will sliced the avocado and slap in on some bread. Bam, sandwich. I can’t wrap my mind around it, but I’ll totally tear up some in a salad or burritos. 🙂
Isabella @ La Bella Vida Design says
I love guacamole and this portioned size is PERFECT for my fiance and I! We are both guac lovers, however we like it a bit more chunky rather than creamy. I’ve made guac for us a few times before but never tried it with Red Wine Vinegar. I’ll look into that, thanks! 🙂
Ooooh the RWV makes it SING! Such a great flavor! Definitely chop your veggies bigger if you like it chunky, and saute them a tad longer, it will work beautifully.
aimee fauci says
I love me some chunky guac! Yours looks fantastic! We just made some guac yesterday for our Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Cat @ therusticwillow says
I’m a huge sucker for guacamole, and this recipe looks AMAZING.
Miranda (Myrabev) says
I am slowly but surely getting into guacamole but I will be honest its not my favourite and I have never made it from scratch before. Your partner sounds like he knows his stuff.
He is incredibly adept in the kitchen! Mostly self taught, but he did work as a line cook in a restaurant when he was in college, so he picked up a few pro skills I suppose. 🙂 Homemade guac is the best, Miranda, give it a shot and be convinced!
Reginia Cordell says
I purchased an avocado last week with the hopes of making guacamole. I saw a great recipe for an avocado burger. I think I’ll try this recipe.
Avocado burgers are absolutely a great choice, too. Hubby loves to top his with slices of it and a fried egg – it’s his favorite combo. Thanks a lot, Red Robin! 😀 If you do try it, I hope you love it as much as we do!
Tammilee Tips says
I love guacamole! It’s one of my favorite dips to eat with chips. It is fun to change up the spices in guacamole to make new flavors we have also added in Tequila to ours before for a different flavor.
We have absolutely gone the tequila route, as well! In a different recipe, but I bet if you swapped the RWV with tequila in this, it would be excellent as well.
Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says
I love guacamole any way I can get it. This looks fabulous. I have never added red wine vinegar but bet it gives ot an extra tangy flavor. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Southern Girl Blogging Group. Hope you will linkup this post with my Small Victories Sunday linkup.
Thanks for stopping by, Tanya! Hopping on over there now, thank you for letting me know!
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
So excited that you met Mr. Crumby and he introduced you to some awesome food! I like my guac chunky and this looks like a fabulous recipe! Pinning!
Nutmeg Nanny says
I LOVE guacamole! I like mine with lots of cilantro and lime…so good!
I love guacamole, and this recipe looks fabulous! I have never made it, but I am going to definitely give it a try. This is my first time visiting your blog but I will be back! I love food!
It’s incredibly easy, and the results are so worth it! Thank you so much for dropping by! I promise I have lots more up my sleeve. 🙂
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
Love this quac, Erica – it looks delicious!
Erica @ Coming Up Roses says
Absolutely obsessed with this recipe, Erica! Cheers to men who love to cook and can whip up a mean guac. Making this with the fiance later tonight!
Goodness, I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t lucky enough to have a guy who’s great in the kitchen! He’s taught me a lot! Hope you loved it, name-twin!!
Christy Hoover says
Beef tripe, chicken hearts and gizards, and cow tongue are food I am all to familiar with in the states. Not reallt sure if it is the poor man’s meal or just a country thing. But we ate that a lot. It is nice to have a hubby who wants to help cook. I have kicked my husband out the kitchen.I like the peace that it brings.
Oh, I know how popular those things are here in the South, but my family hails from upstate New York…I’m guessing it’s not as common up there, since they never found their way to our tables. There have been times where I’ve booted him out of the kitchen, before, as well. If I’M cooking, I like to do it my way. Don’t start getting all Gordon Ramsey on me and adding spices where I don’t want them! Hubbs is notorious for doing that!
Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty says
Love your guac recipe…and just in time for Cinco de Mayo!! Or anytime 🙂 I prefer smooth but I will try chuncky depending on the recipe!
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Cara (@StylishGeek) says
I can just eat guacamole and chips all day! It’s so yummy! And the recipe is so easy! Thanks for sharing your post. It definitely reminded me to think of what to serve for Cinco De Mayo! 🙂
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
I’ve never sauted before making guac… that would make it super smooth, like you said. I’ll have to try it!
Great recipe for two people! I usually make my guac a little bit chunky, and add a lot of onion! Smooth guac though is great to add with sandwiches and such.