Grab a chip and prepare for some heat: National Spicy Guacamole Day is on November 14. No longer solely the choice of Super Bowls and burritos, spicy guac has been making big moves through the culinary scene! From party dips to burgers and everything in-between, there’s always a reason for spicy guac. So pick some avocados and get mashing!
History of National Spicy Guacamole Day
On National Guacamole Day, sure, we celebrate the great green goo that is good guac. But on National Spicy Guacamole Day, we’re here specifically for the extra kick that goes with adding chile peppers to that same green stuff. Because if you’ve ever tried chugging water after accidentally biting into a serrano or a jalapeño, you know there’s no rush that comes nearly as close to that feeling that your tongue is going to burn off.
Various global civilizations have been upping the ante in regards to the kick that comes from spicy peppers for centuries. Chile peppers are native to the Middle Americas and Mexico, all the way to the middle of South America and have been a staple in Aztec, Mayan, and Andean cuisine for centuries before the Europeans came and shipped those peppers worldwide. Likewise, in Asia, the Sichuan pepper, which actually creates a numbing sensation rather than a spicy one, has been an integral part of Sichuan cooking for even longer.
By contrast, guacamole, as we know it today, could not have even been possible until at least the 1490s after Columbus made his second journey to the Americas, dropping off Asian spices such as cumin and the Persian lime in the land of avocados. In fact, the dish actually developed out of an Aztec staple that translates to avocado sauce. It was pretty much just mashed avocados and salt. Over time, the dish spread throughout the Americas, and even to Europe, and variations on avocado sauces with add-ins (some of them spicy) eventually led to the classic guac as we know it today.
National Spicy Guacamole Day falls during prime football season, where the stuff is consumed by the pounds on tortilla-chip vessels as a critical game-time snack.
National Spicy Guacamole Day timeline
Archaeologists have traced the avocado plant to 750 B.C. in what would later become Mexico and South America, laying the foundations for the dish.
Spicy guacamole is first recorded as “āhuacamolli” upon the Spanish arrival to the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan.
The popular chain (and its legendary guac) opens a small restaurant in Denver, CO, to complement the area’s growing burrito fascination.
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico enter into the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, prompting the U.S. to quickly lift restrictions on avocado imports.
National Spicy Guacamole Day FAQs
Where are the best peppers to use to make spicy guacamole?
Jalapeño is the most popular, and most accessible, pepper option. Serrano peppers are a little bit smaller and pack an even mightier punch for those that like to walk on the wild side. Regardless, don’t touch your eyes when you’re cutting!
Why does spicy guac cost extra?
There’s no doubt that guac and spicy guac cost a bit more than, say, salsa or queso at your favorite cantina. Although, occasionally, an avocado shortage is to blame, this is typically because of the amount of water needed to grow avocados, along with transportation costs and the labor involved in creating guac, from start to finish.
What’s the difference between National Guacamole Day and National Spicy Guacamole Day?
National Spicy Guac Day celebrates the classic kick that jalapeños, serranos, or another spicy pepper adds to the popular dip, wherease National Guacomole Day celebrates the dip in in all its glorious forms.
HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL SPICY GUACAMOLE DAY
Make your own spicy guacamole
Sure, it’s easier to grab guac from your neighborhood Chipotle, but rather than doing that, grab a couple of avocados, some spicy peppers, and try out the old mortar and pestle. For added effect, throw on some salsa music and have a solo dance party to celebrate your delicious dip.
Throw a spicy guacamole guac-off
Grab your friends, a few pounds of avocados and serranos, and hit the kitchen! Making guacamole is fine and dandy, and sharing it is even better. But a friendly competition to see who really has the lowdown on the best kickin’ guac recipe? That takes the mole!
Host a spicy guac in the face
Put your throwing arm to the test with this spin on the classic pie in the face. Instead of sugar and whipped cream, indulge in a faceful of spicy, salty, zesty guac! What better way to sample dips from the guac-off than by seeing who can take a fistful of the green stuff in the face.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL SPICY GUACAMOLE DAY
Avocados are grown all over the world
If you’re familiar with the ‘Avocados from Mexico’ jingle, you know Mexico is one of the fruit’s most viable producers. However, avocados can also be found growing in California, Peru, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Spicy guacamole can be healthy
If you’re unsure of guacamole because of the high concentrations of fat in avocados, fear not. Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat (the good kind!) and they’re also rich in vitamins C, E, and K. Bonus, the peppers that make spicy guac, well, spicy, are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and antioxidants. Dip up!
Spicy guac goes well with anything
You don’t need a tortilla chip to enjoy spicy guacamole. Grab some carrots, cucumber, or even a whole crudité platter to dip in the stuff, or, better yet, throw it on a burger for a zesty, south-of-the-border spin.
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