Let's talk about bacon. Bacon Cotija Guacamole to be exact!
It's the only guacamole that will warm ya right up on these chilly winter days. Because there's warm bacon in it, and cheese... naturally!
Today's a bit of surprise! A whole slew of fab food bloggers wanted to surprise Bev and throw her a virtual baby shower - because she's about to pop out twins in just a few short weeks. So... SURPRISE BEV! This one's for you!
For those of you who don't read Bev's blog, Bev Cooks, you should! She has amazing recipes day after day that leave me salivating in front of my computer and wishing I was her neighbor!
For this baby shower celebration, I thought I'd bring one of my favorite things in the world... Bacon Cotija Guacamole. Because what's a baby shower without some guac?! One day when I have kids I want an entire baby shower with nothing but guacamole so I can gobble them all up and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it!
This one is coming to ya from my cookbook - which by the way, makes an excellent Christmas gift!
And be sure to check out all the crazy amazing things everyone else made to celebrate Bev and her beautiful soon to be born babies 🙂
Bacon Cotija Guacamole
- 4 strips bacon preferably uncured applewood-smoked bacon
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped serrano chile pepper
- 3 Hass avocados
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese plus more if desired
- Tortilla chips for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon on the baking sheet in a single layer and transfer to the oven. Let the bacon cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until just crispy, turning the bacon over once in the middle of the cooking time. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate to cool. Once the bacon is cool enough to touch, chop it into bite-size pieces and set aside.
- Cut each avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and place the avocado flesh in a bowl.
- Add the cilantro, cotija cheese, serrano pepper, lime juice, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Mash with a fork until half smooth and half chunky. Fold in half of the bacon. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Garnish the guacamole with the remaining bacon, and add more crumbled cotija cheese if desired.
- Serve immediately with tortilla chips.