Green Globs of Goodness

March 31, 2011 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I asked this on Twitter but only got one response, so I will ask again here. I’m in the midst of some major guacamole cravings. Where in Lincoln can I find the best guacamole at the best price? I don’t care if it comes from a store or restaurant, and I’m not too picky about style. My only requirement is that it actually be guacamole, not that green sour cream that a lot of restaurants try to get away with (I’m looking at you, D’Leon’s!).

I only discovered my love for guacamole (and avocados in general) within the past year. I went from “won’t touch the stuff” to “gimme gimme gimme” rather quickly. I have to laugh at people who won’t touch it because it “looks gross”. Those same people tend to have no problem eating ground up cow flesh. Go figure.

I called out D’Leon’s above for their iffy definition of “guacamole”, but they aren’t the only guilty parties. Feel free to point the finger at any other offenders you’re aware of. I should also mock Applebee’s interpretation of guacamole. I’ve only had it once (alongside their fajitas) so perhaps I got a bad batch. But whatever was in that thimble-sized container was so horrid, so wretchedly awful I can’t fathom why they would subject their customers to it. It did appear that an avocado played a role in its construction, so they get points for that. But something in the toxic mixture was downright rancid. I still have nightmares of that meal.

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Fletch March 31, 2011 at 12:58pm

I won’t touch it ‘cause it looks gross.

Jeff March 31, 2011 at 1:23pm

LaPaz.

JT March 31, 2011 at 1:30pm

Hate to say it because I get a weird vibe off the place and it’s owned by some secretive German company, but my wife brought home some good guac from Trader Joe’s last week.

Kimberly March 31, 2011 at 1:43pm

Try the Wholly Guacamole brand. I’ve purchased it at Target in the refrigerated fresh fruit aisle (near the cut-up fruit, etc). I, too, was afraid of guac until fairly recently.

Mr. Wilson March 31, 2011 at 1:49pm

Your comment made me picture some evil German CEO with a Hitler ‘stache hiding out in his secret volcano lair. As he observes a wall of monitors showing TJ locations across the U.S. he grins and cackles, “Soon our tasty frosen vegetarian entrees vill be in every American home ... und zen ve shall attack!”

Mr. Wilson March 31, 2011 at 1:54pm

Kimberly, you just made my morning. I checked out your blog. The first thing I saw was “I am a delicate flower”. OK, I think, that jives with the site design. Kimberly must be a girly girl.

Then I read the first two posts, one about dog poop and the other about people poop.

I suppose some flowers just really need a lot of fertilizer wink

Stacy March 31, 2011 at 1:55pm

D’Leon’s must have ‘some’ avocado in their recipe.  The only reason I say that is because in some people, avocado’s cause horrid headaches and I’m one of them.  I love avocados, and would eat them at every meal, but can’t as it sends me into migraine hell.  I forgot to ask for no gauc once a D’Leons, ate the nachos no thinking, and realized when the headache hit that the avocado was in there.

Fletch March 31, 2011 at 1:55pm

With a review like that, I am off to check out her blog, too.

Mr. Wilson March 31, 2011 at 2:09pm

I’ve never encountered a chunk of avocado in D’Leon’s guac, but I have encountered plenty of tell-tale streaks of white sour cream. My guess is they use some sort of powdered guac mix that they stir into sour cream. I’m sure there’s avocado in there in some form.

Karin Dalziel March 31, 2011 at 2:34pm

Make your own! I mash avocados with La Mexicana salsa (I think that’s the brand, it’s from Super Saver and is more like pico de gallo) and add either cilantro and/or garlic. It takes all of 5 minutes.

My husband never liked guacamole/avocados either. Happy to have turned him around! Now we have it at least once a week.

JT March 31, 2011 at 3:18pm

Here’s the article from Fortune where I learned about Trader Joe’s. Interesting way to run a company but it obviously works. http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/20/news/companies/inside_trader_joes_full_version.fortune/index.htm

Kc March 31, 2011 at 6:41pm

On average, Trader Joe’s has the cheapest avocado’s in town.  They often sell 4 packs for less than $4.  Make your own guac!  Mash ‘em up real good, throw in a little kosher salt, finely diced garlic (or a few shakes of garlic powder) and a spoonful of your fav salsa or fresh ‘maters and you’re good to go! That’s the only way I’ll have mine!

Mr. Wilson March 31, 2011 at 6:54pm

I’m definitely leaning toward making my own. How many avocados do you use at once? If I whip up a single avocado’s worth of guac, will that satisfy an evening case of the munchies?

Moses March 31, 2011 at 7:05pm

If you are using Hass Avocados it might take two.  Don’t forget the juice of a lemon for a little kick and to keep it from turning brown.

Mr. Wilson March 31, 2011 at 7:11pm

You haven’t seen me eat chips and salsa / dip / guac. That stuff won’t be around long enough to turn brown.

meatball March 31, 2011 at 7:29pm

My guac recipe includes bacon. Can’t go wrong. And I prefer fresh lime juice over lemon.

Kc March 31, 2011 at 7:47pm

Ah yes!  I can’t believe I forgot the acid.  I prefer lime juice, but lemon will work in a pinch.  It not only slows the browning, but adds a little fresh kick.  Another tip if you have some leftover, use cling wrap and press it down right on top of the guac to get all the air out and that will help keep it from browning too fast.  As for quantity, I guess that depends on how much you love guac.  I LOVE guac and despite the calories, I can easily polish off a bowl of guac made from two hass avocados.  I’ve always made my own when I get a hankering for it only b/c I know it’s real and I know what’s in it.  I’d highly recommend making your own because it is soooo much cheaper and soooo much more delish!

Kimberly April 1, 2011 at 2:38am

Thanks for stopping by!

Dave K April 1, 2011 at 3:38am

I know it’s an evil national chain, but Chipotle has fantastic guac. Its price is astronomically high ($1.80 for about a half a cup), but it was likely made the day you bought it and has the perfect blend of the usual guac ingredients.

Gene April 1, 2011 at 1:13pm

Actually, I’ve heard that Chipotle isn’t all that evil of a national chain.

meatball April 1, 2011 at 3:39pm

Sucker!

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