Bursting with flavor, this outrageous caramelized mango bacon and goat cheese guacamole is the only way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! All you need is a bowl of tortilla chips and a margarita in the other hand!
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Cinco de Mayo is probably definitely most certainly the best holiday of the year. But seriously. There is nothing I love more than sipping on a margarita in the sunshine while noshing on chips and guac. #chipsandguac4life
My go-to guacamole recipe is tried and true – avocado, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, salt, pepper, and lots of lime juice. And while I often feel like it’s not good to mess with a classic, I’m so glad I messed with this classic!
This caramelized mango bacon and goat cheese guacamole is outrageous!
Are you seeing what I’m seeing?!
I know what you’re thinking and YES, I did caramelize the mango in the bacon fat. And yes, the goat cheese is 100% necessary. Don’t question, just do it.
So I didn’t actually mess with the classic. I’ve got all the usual players here; but I’ve expanded on the recipe. Brought it up a few notches. Took it to a whole new level. And you’re gonna LOVE it.
But here’s the bad news. It’s difficult to keep guacamole fresh and green for an extended period of time (read: like making it at home and bringing it to a Cinco de Mayo party at a friend’s house). I’ve tried all the tricks – covering it in saran wrap, leaving the pits in the bowl, covering the surface with lemon juice/water all to keep the oxygen from turning it brown. Guess what?? They don’t work.
But I’ve found something that does! The Guac-Lock! I’m not normally one for kitchen gadgets that only serve one purpose; but I’ve already used my guac-lock more times in the past month than the spiralizer I bought 3 years ago.
Now that’s saying something.
This caramelized mango bacon and goat cheese guacamole is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend! Because…
- Salty bacon. Yes please.
- Sweet caramelized mango. Of course.
- Tangy goat cheese. Why the heck not?!
I really don’t think you need more convincing than that 😉
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with this insane Caramelized Mango Bacon and Goat Cheese Guacamole! Make sure to post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
- 1½ cups chopped mango (about ½-inch cubes)
- 4 avocados, fruit scraped out
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
- ⅓ cup diced red onion
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 limes, juiced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook until totally crispy and the fat is rendered, stirring occasionally. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain the grease. Increase the heat under the skillet to medium and add the mango cubes, tossing to coat. Cook until the mango gets golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once or twice to caramelize all sides. Remove and let the mango cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, mash together the avocado, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, the juice of 2 limes, salt and pepper. Taste and season additionally if desired. Stir in almost all of the mango and bacon, then stir in the goat cheese. Scoop the guac into a bowl to serve and top with the remaining mango and bacon for garnish. Serve immediately.
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