National Guacamole Day is September 16th, and it also happens to be Mexican Independence Day, so you’ve got two solid reasons to celebrate. These seven dishes aren’t your typical avocado and lime guacamole dips but, rather, creative, forward-thinking spins on the much-loved guacamole that even the Aztecs would approve of. Keep calm and guac on!
Guacamole al Chipotle at El Alma Café y Cantina, Austin, Texas
It’s Mexican and it’s in Texas, but don’t think Tex-Mex — this is the real deal. The Mexican-inspired guac dip is created with avocado, lime, cilantro, tomatoes, smoky chipotle crema and sunflower seeds, is served with tostadas — and topped off with a siesta. Make a reservation at El Alma Café y Cantina.
Guacamole Especial at The Blind Burro, San Diego, California
Authentic south-of-the-border street food with a nod to the mod, the guacamole served here hits the sweet spot on the piñata with avocado, roasted sweet potato, corn, and rajas, and it’s served with housemade plantain chips. Make a reservation at The Blind Burro.
Guacamole Tasting at Tico, Boston, Massachusetts
Celebrated chef/owner Michael Schlow’s Back Bay restaurant features a creative guac sampler with three standout guacamoles, including traditional, mango-habanero, and pistachio-black truffle, accompanied by crunchy tortillas for dipping and chipping. Make a reservation at Tico.
Jicama-Wrapped Guacamole at The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, California
Guacamole cleans up well for this elegant dish — it’s made with chipotle salsa, micro cilantro, and corn chips, nestled into thin slices of jicama that resemble little bowls. Spice and crunch make it twice as nice. Make a reservation at The Bazaar by José Andrés.
Pineapple Guacamole Cubano and Crab Guacamole at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
James Beard Award-winning chef/partner Guillermo Pernot offers two guacs, both served with plantains. The Guacamole Cubano stars avocado, grilled golden pineapple, roasted jalapenos, fresh lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil. The Crab Guacamole joins the fiesta with blue crabmeat. Make a reservation at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar.
Avocado Hanabi at Roku, West Hollywood, California
The Asian-inspired guacamole dish served at this Sunset Boulevard restaurant is all about crispy rice topped with a guacamole that’s created with diced avocado and seasoned with truffle soy, kizami wasabi, crushed red pepper, and scallions. Make a reservation at Roku.
Guacamole Nogada at Puesto at the Headquarters, San Diego, California
Take your classic guacamole, doll it up with pomegranate arils, mango, chile de arbol and candied walnuts and you’ll get a fun-loving dip. Need more protein? There is also a lump crab guac on the menu. Make a reservation at Puesto at the Headquarters.
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Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food, and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.