Cinco de Mayo: Tableside Grown-Up Guac(amole)

I don't know who started this joke which was supposedly so hilarious, but all day yesterday people were telling me "it's Star Wars day."  And then you say "What?" and the comedian responds "May the 4th be with you."  The first time I heard it, the geek in me seeped out, so I couldn't help but chuckle a little, but then I immediately shut that down.  Laughter would only ignite bad jokes like wildfire. 

Thankfully, today is a new day, and it happens to be Cinco de Mayo.  I would love to start by telling you all about the history of Cinco de Mayo and what it represents, but I didn't pay attention in 7th grade Texas History and googling right now sounds like a lot of effort for something you won't remember anyway.  So, let's skip that part!  (something to do with Mexico and independence...and May 5th)

Texans use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to have a party or go to a happy hour.  At every Tex-Mex joint, margaritas flow forcefully and patrons are usually waiting for refills on queso and guacamole.  None of these items are likely served in a Mexican home in Mexico, mind you.  This is the nomadic-Texican-with-cash-to-burn way of celebrating.  But many of us are working or working moms or stay at home moms...and more importantly, we are old and we don't always make it to happy hour.  So let's bring happy hour to you.  Introducing...tableside grown-up guac(amole).  A perfect chunky guacamole, spiked generously with Tequila!  Tableside infers "ingredients combined right there in front of you". 

Celebrate on the back patio or front porch.

Tableside Grownup Guac

Recipe by Rabbitfoodrocks:

Serves 4

2 Large Avocados, peeled and seed removed
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
3 scallions, finely sliced
1 roma tomato, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 serrano pepper FINELY diced, with seeds for heat (not shown)
1 shotglass of Tequila


1) Mash avocados in a wide-based bowl until smooth or slightly chunky
2) Add scallions, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, serrano peppers, tequila and lime juice
3) Combine well, but leave it chunky.  Serve with Corn Tortilla Chips


  1. Wow, that looks and sounds fabulous!! Being in another state where Cinco de Mayo is greatly celebrated, I might just have to make this... and add a shot of Patron to my margaritas too for extra measure! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Awesome! I might actually make this today! I love your line 'laughter will only ignite bad jokes on fire' haha! And also, yes, we are old...and happy hour is a lot of effort! :)

  3. Celticmommy and smita - hope u had a wonderful day!

  4. Okay, you got me with the shot of tequila! I grew up Texas and I barely remember the history lesson, too. Just, "Remember the Alamo!" I wish I wsa able to talk to you more during the camp. I feel like I talked with so many people and missed so many at the same time! Is that possible?

  5. AnonymousMay 06, 2011

    have never tried the shot of tequila in it! will def try it thenext time i make guac! beautiful pic!!

  6. That's a great pic!

  7. Thanks Family Spice - and your summary of the weekend was fantastic! I feel the same way!
    Shefskitchen - can't wait to hear what you think. really brings out the lime and salt!
    Rosh - thanks for your comment on this and on the previous post!

  8. Hahahaha May the 4th be with you!!! I love it. I'm going to use it next year on everyone I know.

    Pretty guacamole!

  9. Haha I just found out about Star Wars day too. I made the comment to my bf who is a big Star Wars fan but even he rolled his eyes hehe. This looks great -- especially the ingredients shot. Happy belated Cinco De Mayo!

  10. Hi girl!! It was so nice meeting you at camp last weekend!! Miss you already! Oh...that shot of tequila -- you dare devil you! :) Take care and looking forward to staying in touch!

  11. Laura - glad you like the joke! you can't help but snicker...
    Xiaolu - thanks for trying the joke out! :D hope you had a good cinco!
    Kitchen Runway - thanks for stopping by. it was sooooo good to meet you!

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