Sunday Dinner

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Mango Guacamole
Shrimp and Spanish Chorizo Bites (last minute addition)

Frijoles Negros
Saffron Rice

Dinner tonight is Cubano all the way.  I have made this lineup (minus the cake) containing our favorite flavors from the unique island culture of Cuba before.  I like to think that it brings a taste of Little Havana up from the land of palm trees to the great Midwest to help jump start the early summer.  The temperature outside says that the jump start isn't working, but the flavors work on multiple levels.

The recipe that I am featuring is somewhat apart from the Cuban theme.  We all love guacamole, but I wanted to add a tropical, Caribbean essence to it to bring it more in line with the rest of the flavors.  The mango provides just the essence I was looking for.  Another interesting addition to this guacamole is the flavor from the Peppadew peppers.  They add a sweet, piquant note that really makes this chip dip unique.

Sunday Dinner one year ago

Printable Recipe

Mango Guacamole
makes about 2 1/2 cups

3 large ripe avocados
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped Peppadew peppers, hot or mild, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 medium ripe mango, peeled, flesh cut from the pit, and diced

Cut the avocados in half, running your knife around the pit from stem to blossom end and back up again.  Twist the halves in opposite directions to free the pit and pull the halves apart.  Using the bottom end of a chef's knife, dislodge the pit, then scoop out the avocado flesh into a large bowl.  Coarsely mash the avocado with a large fork.  Mix in the onion, peppadew peppers, jalapeno (if using), 3 tablespoons of cilantro, and lime juice.

Add 2/3 of the diced mango.  Taste and season with salt.  If not using immediately, cover with plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate- preferably for no more than a few hours.

When ready to serve, transfer the guacamole into a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining mango and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Rick Bayless


  1. Thanks for a beautiful dinner Sunday night! It was the perfect ending to a 2 day drive up from the Carolinas. Dad is very picky about his guacamole and he loved this one. Thanks for the recipe. The ingredients are already on my shopping list. Another hit!

  2. I love it when sweet and spicy flavors meld together like in this mango guacamole recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks absolutely delicious. Can't wait to try the mango gaucamole!


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