Pantry Substitutes in Red
1 - avocado, frozen (this one was about 6 " long) of course a fresh one is even better
2 - medium tomatoes (or canned diced tomatoes)
1/2 t. crushed red chili pepper (or red chili powder)
1 t. minced garlic (1/2 t. garlic powder)
2 T. minced onion or 1/4 c. chopped gr. onion
(1. t. onion powder)
3 T. lime juice (lemon juice is OK, just not as tasty)
1/2 t. salt
**2 oz. cream cheese, softened (If using an avocado that was in the freezer, it will have the translucent appearance like you see in the next picture. The cream cheese give is a creamier consistency and more normal appearance)
1. I took this picture and then almost immediately changed it into a better shaped spaghetti bowl. I mash the avocado and cream cheese with a fork, stirring and mashing until it is very small chunks. You can use a food processor if you would prefer a smoother consistency.
2. Dice the tomatoes. These are about 1/2" - 3/4" in size. Closer to 1/4" will disperse through the mixture better than this did. :-)
Now is the time to add your garlic, onion, lime juice, salt and crushed red
Mix it really well. Before you add more salt, try it on a chip. Most have a lot of salt on them which will make a difference in the taste as you are munching!
- Now put the kids to bed or send them home with their parents.
- Find a good movie.
- Put your feet up.
Little side note: When I was growing up Guacamole was smash an avocado and mix it with some Mt. Pass Taco Sauce, the whole 4 oz. can. Salsa hadn't been thought of, especially in the big old jars like it comes now. Mom loved it when I grew up and started to get serious with kitchen experimentation!