(Note: this post was originally published on April 28, 2019. The date above reflects migration to the new platform, at which time the photos were updated.)
Fresh Guac Meets Charred Veggies
As you've probably noticed, guacamole is one of my favorite foods. It's absolutely divine and feels so indulgent, yet it's loaded with powerhouse nutrients. Plus you can dress it up in endless ways, making it a never-ending source of tasty inspiration. Win, win, win.
This variation is a fun spin on the classic. I like it because it brings rich, charred, grilled flavors to the party. It's delicious and also somewhat unexpected, since guac is typically more dominated by raw, fresh flavors.
The combination here is really divine. Grilled red onion has such a nice sweetness, but brings some big toasty flavors as well. Grilled corn has a similarly lovely combination of sweetness and char. A pinch of cumin brings complexity, while fresh lime juice brightens it all up. It's exciting enough to stand on its own, but would also be a great addition to your favorite taco or burrito.
A Dish For All Seasons
One of the things I love most about this dish? It can work beautifully year-round! It of course really shines during the summer when you can get fresh corn. In that case, buy the sweetest, most local corn you can find and char it on the grill outside. This is a great appetizer to make for a summer "grilling and chilling" type evening, when you'll have the grill going anyways.
But all the deep, toasty flavors are equally great for winter, and can help guac feel more appropriate for the colder months. During the off season, I often make this just using frozen corn that I grill inside on the grill pan.
This is actually one of my most favorite ways to do guac, which is really saying something because I live for guac.
Let's Talk Ingredients
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Corn. Ideally, grill full ears outside! But off season, you can buy frozen corn and char it in a grill pan.
Grilling oil. Whatever you like.
Cumin. Not critical, but I love the depth of flavor a little pinch of cumin adds. Just a tiny bit will do the trick.
Chili salt. Optional, for garnishing the top of the guac before serving.
How will YOU enjoy this guac? There are so many ways! I love to serve it with fresh veggies and chips for dipping. As long as there are veggies, it's a perfectly acceptable dinner, right??? But this guac is equally as wonderful scooped onto a salad or dolloped on top of tacos or even burgers. Thanks to the corn, it can pair with a wide variety of dishes including Mexican fare, summery classics, or even cozy winter foods.
The photos in this post depict our ideal date night: cocktails (this is a version of my Planter's Punch!) and casual finger foods. It's the best way to spend a Friday evening after a long week. I hope you'll enjoy this guac as much as we have, it's something I make with astounding frequency!
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Guacamole gets a very summery, BBQ-appropriate twist with the addition of my most favorite summer veggie! This Grilled Corn Guacamole is a go-to dip in our house that we love making for parties or date night.