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Having received countless recommendations, I popped into the mid-town Fifth Avenue branch of the New York born Mexican Grill, Chipotle. It was love at first taste. Easy, fast, cheap, and my God is it delicious. "The menu may be simple, but the taste certainly isn't. Start with one of our menu options, then customise it to your liking." Just what I wanted to hear. I went for a classic burrito: coriander-lime rice, pinto beans, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken, guacamole, salsa, cheese and sour cream packed into a soft floury tortilla. Woof.
I have always been an avocado slut, so it was without question that I opted for the $2 additional scoop of guacamole. It was delicious: colourful, chunky and layered with complimentary Mexican flavours, inspiring me to develop my own guacamole recipe to take back home! Trying to decipher what it was that made the Chipotle Guac stand out amongst the other contents of the burrito, I noticed the perfect harmony of the spring onion and coriander garnishing with the avocado. I also noticed the brilliance of the smoked paprika coming through from the chicken marinade. So, ladies and gentleman, it has taken a fair bit of trial and error, but I have for you a Chipotle inspired chunky guac packing in some of the deliciousness of a classic Mexican Grill burrito!
1. Halve and stone the avocados before using a table spoon to roughly scoop out the flesh. Set aside the stones for later, as they may be used to preserve the green colour of the guacamole until serving.
2. Add the other ingredients to the mixing bowl, using a whisk to mash everything together. The more you whisk, the smoother your guacamole, so you don't want to over do it. Whisk only for about 10 seconds until the ingredients are just incorporated, then switch to a wooden spoon to fold things together as you season to taste.
3. Scatter with coriander garnish when ready to serve, and scoop into small dipping bowls. Alternatively, (something fun I like to do) make use of the avocado skins by using them as dip bowls!
4. Serve with nachos, always. Su tiempo di fiesta!
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