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Sept. 16 is National Guacamole Day, so it's the perfect time to make a batch of this delicious dip. However, too much of a good thing is never ideal, even when it's something as good as guacamole, so it's good to change up the recipe from time to time. Celebrate the day in style by making this new twist on the old favorite to share with your friends at the retirement community:
Pineapple chipotle guacamole
This recipe adds pineapple to the tradition formula to sweeten the result, offsetting it with a spicy kick from chipotle peppers. Guacamole is an extremely versatile dip, so if this one isn't to your taste, you can experiment with your favorite ingredients.
Mash avocados in a medium bowl. Add salt and lime juice. Stir in onion, peppers, cilantro and pineapple. Taste and adjust ingredients as necessary. Chill before serving.
Picking the perfect avocado
Making guacamole is so easy that picking the right avocado for the job might actually be the hardest part of the recipe. Follow these tips to pick the best of this notoriously fussy fruit:
Color can help steer you toward the right avocado, but it's not enough to rely on alone, according to the California Avocado Commission. An avocado that's dark green, tending toward black, is your best bet, but you'll need to get hands-on to pick the perfect one for your guacamole. Place a promising avocado in the palm of your hand and squeeze it gently, without pushing in your finger tips. A ripe avocado will yield slightly to pressure. If the avocado doesn't give, it's not quite ready to eat, but if you feel it squish, it's already past its prime.