Show of hands – who loves guacamole?
You all have your hands raised, right? Perfect, this post is for you!
I’m all for freshly made guacamole, but I’ll be honest, I don’t always have all the ingredients on hand. I mean, if I don’t have avocados, I’m kinda SOL. But sometimes I’m just missing the herbs, onions, and tomatoes, which either means I make sad guacamole, or go without. Until now!
Litehouse Foods offered to send me their Guacamole Herb & Spice Blend to try out, to which I enthusiastically said hell yes! I’m a fan of their dried herbs, and always have dill, basil, and parsley on hand for herb emergencies, so I figure a guac blend would be handy as well. The blend includes all the important guac flavours – red onion, cilantro, tomato, red chili, garlic, and cumin. And yes, I said cilantro, my herb nemesis. I was a little bummed to see it in there, but figured I would still give it a chance.
Each bottle says it makes 4 batches of guacamole, and their recipe uses 2 avocados, some salt, lime juice, and 1/4 of the bottle. I don’t really like that they use “1/4 of the bottle” as a measurement, because it’s not really exact. I would rather see tbsp measurement, as I think that makes it easier for people to make a consistently good product. However, I do like that there’s no salt in the blend, so you can control how much you use. And making your guacamole is pretty simple – smash up your avocados, add your spices, salt, and lime juice, and voila! You have guacamole!
I was pleasantly surprised that the cilantro flavour didn’t really come through, so my uber-sensitive taste buds were able to enjoy my guac and chips. It has a mild spice level, which is great for large groups, but I amped mine up with a little extra cayenne. I took it to a party, and it was devoured by the guests, so I’d take that as a good sign.
Overall – I thought the Guacamole Herb & Spice Blend from Litehouse Foods was a good product, and is something I would consider keeping in my cupboard for guacamole emergencies. While it can’t help me if I’m out of avocados or limes, it still replaces a good chunk of the important ingredients. I also like that I can scale the recipe to make smaller or larger amounts, since it’s in a resealable bottle, and not just a dip mix packet. I could do without the cilantro, but I get that it is a traditional ingredient and most people would enjoy that. I’d say try it out if guacamole is something you enjoy, and you don’t always have fresh herbs on hand.
Disclaimer – all samples were provided to me free of charge from Litehouse Foods. All opinions are my own.