Every day is a good day for guacamole— however, November 14th happens to be National Spicy Guacamole Day which calls for an extra special guacamole recipe.
Guacamole may be one of the most underrated snacks for both it’s health benefits and convenience. Guacamole can be made in under 3 minutes, requires minimal kitchen utensils and hardly any kitchen clean-up. With avocado as the main ingredient, guacamole is a snack full of satiating healthy fats that keep you full for hours and help balance your blood sugar levels. Balancing your blood sugar is essential for preventing cravings for unhealthy foods, such as refined sugar and energy drinks, as well as promoting a happy mood and long lasting energy. Now, when you add spice to your guacamole, you further increase its health benefits.
For example, spicy foods such as cayenne pepper, jalapenos and serrano peppers have been shown to have a thermogenic effect on the body, which means they create heat in the body that results in burning extra calories ( 1). Some research suggests that cayenne pepper and red pepper may also help lower LDL cholesterol levels and reduce the inflammation associated with heart disease and arthritis ( 2).
If you’re ready to celebrate National Spicy Guacamole Day in the most delicious way possible, here’s our favourite guacamole recipe that adds a healthy kick of spice.
3 Minute Spicy Guacamole Recipe Ingredients:
- 3 ripe avocados
- pitted 1 large tomato
- diced 1 red onion
- diced 1-2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
- Chopped cilantro, to taste (optional)
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper or dried and crushed red pepper
Pinch of pure sea salt Jalapenos or serrano peppers, to taste — depending on how spicy you like it!* *For medium spice, you can use a few tbsp of sliced canned or fresh jalapenos.
For extra spice, you can swap the jalapenos for 1-2 minced serrano peppers. Serrano peppers are approximately 5 times hotter than jalapenos, so use at your own risk!
- Place avocado flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork, until it reaches a “chunky” consistency.
- Add all remaining ingredients and hot peppers of choice. *Note: you may want to start gradually with the peppers and work your way up to the desired level of heat.
- Serve and enjoy!