Avocado-less guac: I can’t believe it’s not guacamole!

This version is made with Mexican squash and green tomato!

Avocado-less guac: I can’t believe it’s not guacamole!
Yes, you can prepare guacamole without avocado! - Photo: AD077/EL UNIVERSAL
English 31/07/2019 13:35 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 13:24

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The classic and original guacamole is a sauce that has won popularity out of Mexico in recent years, mainly as a snack along with crunchy nachos.

Guacamole is traditionally made with avocados, however, in some taquerías in Mexico City, the delicious sauce is, surprisingly, avocado-less.

Have you noticed that, when you prepare your tacos, the alleged guacamole always looks fresh and green as if it was just made?

That is because they do not use avocado, and replace it with other ingredients.


But avocadoless-guac is not as bad as it seems; it is actually delicious and it is made with healthy ingredients.

So, if you are looking for a more economical option – the price of avocado is too high these days – you can try this version of guacamole.

To prepare this avocado-less guac you need:

1 Mexican squash, sliced in 4
4 green tomatoes
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced in half
2 garlic cloves, peeled
½ teaspoon of salt
A little bunch of coriander
A pot with ½ liter of water

First, you must put the Mexican squash, also known as Summer squash, and the green tomatoes in the pot until the water boils, cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for 5 minutes over high heat.

Then, in a pan over medium heat, put the 2 tbsp of vegetable oil, and immediately put the jalapeño pepper until golden. Do not dispose of the oil for you will use it later.

Finally, put the Mexican squash, the tomatoes, the jalapeño pepper, the 2 garlic cloves, the coriander, and the salt in the blender along with the oil used to golden the pepper. Do not add water. Blend until the ingredients are mixed, serve it in a container, and enjoy!

But if you want to try the traditional recipe, here is how to make it.

You will need:

5 ripe avocados
1 medium onion
1 medium tomato
1 serrano pepper
The juice of half a lime
Fresh coriander

First, dice the onion, the serrano pepper, and the tomato.

Then, finely chop the coriander.

In a molcajete, an ancient Mexican mortar, put the avocados without the peel and the pit. Immediately, add the lime juice to prevent the avocados from oxidizing.

Start crushing with the molcajete stone and add the diced onion, tomato, pepper, and coriander.

Still crushing, season with salt and, if you like it, add a bit more of lime juice.

Enjoy with nachos as a snack, or as a sauce!