My friend Abby brought the most delicious guacamole to our home recently. I was enchanted by the lovely citrus taste of this unusual guac. It was divine! At first I was put off by the cubed look of the avocados, but the flavor was unexpected and bright. We fell instantly in love with this mandarin guacamole, and Abby was kind enough to share the secrets of this Tex Mex dish, so here you go!
Mandarin guacamole offers a kaleidoscope of flavor-- sweet, spicy, tangy, savory. You've got the usual guacamole avocados, some chopped onion, cilantro, tomato, lime and spices. A splash of Tabasco pepper sauce kicks it up a notch, and then there's the surprise taste of orange!
Oranges would be delicious in this recipe. We like the smaller mandarins which are a smaller, sweeter, less acidic variety of the common orange. Their skins are loose and they’re easy to peel.
Where do mandarin oranges come from?
Mandarin oranges are thought to have originated in India as long as 3,000 years ago. From India they passed through China where they picked up the name “Mandarin.” Later they were carried through trade routes to Europe and eventually to Morroco where they were called tangerines when exported from the port city of Tangiers.
Tangerines are my favorite fruit, and I've visited Tangiers, but only recently learned the origin of the tangerine! How did I miss this? Mandarins are easily crossed with other citrus varieties, so there are lots of different types of Mandarins: Clementines, Satsumas, Tangerines, etc.
Flavor similar to mango salsa
Making this homemade salsa type guacamole is as easy as it is tasty! The flavor is similar to a mango salsa or mango avocado salsa.
How to serve it?
We love to eat mandarin guacamole with tortilla chips. It's as good as mango salsa for fish tacos. And we also like it on pork and chicken.
How to make fresh salsa
Mandarin Guacamole is like an avocado salsa. Mix an easy sauce of lime juice, lime zest, Tabasco pepper sauce, salt and pepper together with chopped green onions and cilantro. Then cut up your mandarin orange segments, avocados, and grape tomatoes. Gently combine the sauce with your other ingredients, and you're ready to serve!
The avocados, tomatoes and oranges will break down as they are gently stirred or sitting a while. This will give you more juice. Although traditional guacamole is smashed, we invite you to try this cubed guacamole to see what you think. We love our smashed guac, but this is a great variation. And the flavors, well... you've just got to try it!
If you LOVE Mexican food like we do, check out these other Mexican food recipes!
- Salsa Fresca
- Pineapple Salsa
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Green Chile Enchiladas
- Tortilla Soup
- San Antonio Chicken
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- 3 mandarin oranges Clementine or other similar
- 2 avocados cubed
- 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
- juice & zest of 2 limes
- 3 green onions chopped (green and white parts)
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Peel, section and slice oranges into small bits. Peel and cube avocados.
- Zest and juice the limes. Cut grape tomatoes into quarters.
- Trim tops off green onions, then slice and chop all green and white parts. Chop cilantro.
- Mix lime juice, lime zest, Tabasco, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl. Add green onions and cilantro. Set “sauce” aside.
- Combine oranges, avocados and tomatoes in a medium sized serving bowl. Pour “sauce” over vegetables. Gently mix. Serve with tortilla chips.
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