Makes about 1 ½ cups

Grilled Onion Avocado Guacamole

This recipe changes the flavor of traditional guacamole by charring the onion and avocados prior to mixing with the other ingredients. The smokiness adds a depth to the flavor and lends an additional flavor tier. Served simply with tortilla chips or along with spicy entrees, such as Pretty Dragon Corrales Beef Fajitas, the guacamole provides a creamy, earthy accent.

In order to allow the avocado to grill without becoming a mushy mess in the bowl, select just slightly under-ripe avocados. They will hold their shape better but still blend well with the other ingredients. Use a sweet onion and grill until it has a great char.

Easily prepared while grilling other foods, this recipe can also be prepared under the broiler element in the oven if a grill is not available.

2 Haas avocado, slightly un-ripe
1 medium sweet onion
1 medium tomato, deseeded and chopped fine
½ c chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, smashed and minced
½ jalapeño pepper, deseeded and diced fine
1 lime, juiced
½ t kosher salt

Build a medium high direct fire in grill.

Flavor Tier 1

Cut avocados in have and remove pit. Do not peel. Remove papery peel from outside of onion. Cut in half. Brush all cut sides with olive oil.

Flavor Tier 2

Place avocados and onions, cut sides down, over direct coals on grill. Cook until all are heavily charred, about 7-10 minutes.

Flavor Tier 3

Remove to cutting board and let cool. Remove outer skin from onion and discard. Chop fine. Scoop avocado from peel. Dice coarsely.

Flavor Tier 4

In a medium bowl, combine avocado, onion, tomato, garlic and pepper. Stir to combine. Add lime juice and salt. Gently stir.

Flavor Tier 5

Place plastic wrap directly on the mix and cover completely. Allow to sit 15-20 minutes to let the flavors meld.