game day guac. [guacamole w. cotija cheese]

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With football season in full swing, I felt it appropriate to feature my version of a common game day snack–guacamole. Though everyone has his/her own take on the dip, I stand by this simple, yet flavorful recipe. What really amplifies this version is the addition of Cotija cheese crumbled on top. The saltiness of the cheese wonderfully compliments the other ingredients.

Per usual on Saturdays, I spent the day watching college football. Though we’ve had a rough year, I still support my Ohio State Buckeyes just as much as I would any other year. Our win against formerly ranked #16 team Illinois gave us some reason to celebrate in all of this mess.

Like Christina over at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen, who actually went to the OSU game, I grew up in Columbus, OH. Both of my parents attended The Ohio State University, so, I’ve bled scarlet and grey ever since I could walk and talk. Believe it or not, my family has a Buckeye room at our house in South Carolina (the photo doesn’t even do it justice).


guacamole w. cotija cheese
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 large Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • ½ red onion, finely diced, plus more to taste
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeño, seeded, deveined and finely chopped
  • Cilantro, finely chopped, to taste
  • 1 lime, juiced, plus more to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cacique Cotija Cheese, grated, for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Add scooped avocado to a large bowl. Using a fork, mash avocado. Fold in onions, garlic, tomatoes and jalapeño. Add lime juice, plus more to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish guacamole with grated Cotija cheese, if desired.

 

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  • http://www.savorique.com Savorique

    Guacamole is such an amazing, healthy appetizer. I want mayonnaise NOT! ;)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I didn’t include mayo in this version, but I know some people like to. It really does just add extra fat, ha!

  • http://sportsglutton.wordpress.com sportsglutton

    I usually stir away from mayo, but i can see what you’re doing here and I like it!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I only use it if really necessary, but didn’t use it in the guac here. :)

  • egg me on

    Ooooo looks great! The cotija cheese is a nice touch. And I’m going to agree 100% with your decision not to include the mayonnaise. While I’m a fan of mayo, it just seems a little wrong in guac. It’s supposed to be chunky-smooth!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I completely agree with you! Especially coming from the guac fiend (me). :)

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    Well you know in my house we’d lalso ditch the mayo. I love the idea of topping with the cheese. Great recipe.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I honestly thought of that when typing this up, how you wouldn’t include the mayo either. I’m sure you’d love if it included Miracle Whip though, right? HA! I kid, I kid.

  • http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.wordpress.com Kristy

    I’ve never topped guac with cheese. It sounds really good though and now I’m wondering why I’ve never done that. ;) We’ve got the orange crush thing going on around here, so Saturday wasn’t quite as happy of a day for us. That said, Mike will cheer on OSU most other times. He went to school at Miami Ohio and has a soft spot for the Buckeyes. And I have no doubt several of his good friends would really appreciate that buckeye room!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      My family and I saw it served with the cheese at a Mexican restaurant years ago, and we’ve served our guac like that ever since. I’m glad Mike will still cheer on the Bucks! My mom wouldn’t let him have the OSU room here in CA, so he was pretty excited when he got the go-ahead in SC, haha.

  • http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com ceciliag

    This is just fabulous, and i have never been able to make a really good guacamole dip.. darling caroline,.. once again you read my mind and yes i can eat it on my diet, just not with the chips.. with a SPOON!! c

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thank you Cecilia! Yes, yes, avocados are good fat! I’m sure this would still be delicious without the chips. ;)

  • http://savoringeverybite.wordpress.com spicegirlfla

    Hi Caroline, I just got back from a weekend in Ohio today and was thinking about doing a post on buckeyes….so I was surprised when I saw your link!! You’ve done them well! And guacamole is most always on the game day menu! I’ve used cojita cheese before, just never on guacamole so this should add a nice twist!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      No way, did you really Linda? That’s too cool, I’m so jealous! I haven’t visited in years. I don’t have the best photos of the buckeyes, since that was an early post, but they were really delicious. You’ll have to give them a try. :)

  • http://www.purecomplex.com Kay aka Babygirl

    I just love made to order guacamole. Love it. Of course I don’t include the tomatoes but this looks delicious Caroline

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I just love guacamole in general…I can never get enough. Thanks Kay! xx

  • http://thefooddoctor.wordpress.com thefooddoctor

    I love the idea of topping this with cheese and I think the mayo would be really interesting..

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I rarely ever use mayo, but it’s an option if people prefer smoother guac. It’s not enough to actually taste the flavor of the mayo though. The cheese is one of my favorite parts. :)

  • http://chicaandaluza.wordpress.com chicaandaluza

    Gorgeous Guacamole….and cheese too, how fabulous!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Why thank you so much! xx

  • http://sweetandcrumby.wordpress.com Geni – Sweet and Crumby

    The addition of Cotija sounds magical on top of Guacamole. Aamazing idea!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Oh gosh, magical indeed, Geni. Thank you!

  • http://bakerbynature.com Ashley@Bakerbynature

    Caroline, I could eat a whole bowl of this without thinking twice! Perfect for game day too, although I’m always more in to the food than the actual game.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Me too, Ashley, and I probably have done that before! I love watching the games, but of course I’m always a fan of the food aspect as well. :)

  • http://www.inspirededibles.ca Kelly

    I don’t watch football or know anything about it but I love the idea of cozy afternoons in front of the tv supporting your home team! And… guacamole is the ideal yummy to enjoy while doing so. I agree, the Cotija cheese sets this version apart. Very cool!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I guess it helps when you grow up in a family of die-hard football fans…I don’t think I had an option to be anything but that, ha! Thanks Kelly! x

  • http://chgojohn.wordpress.com ChgoJohn

    Good idea topping off a great guacamole with cheese, although I’m not familiar with cotija cheese — I will be though. I gotta try this.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      It’s a cow’s milk cheese…crumbly, salty, really delicious. It’s typically served with Mexican food; over guac, beans, burritos, etc. I think you’d like it!

  • http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com Courtney

    Hubs has a special guac. recipe, too – but I like the idea of the cotija cheese. :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      You’ll have to feature his version some time…I’m sure it’s delicious!

  • http://sweetpeaskitchen.wordpress.com Christina

    I love guacamole! The addition of the cheese sounds delicious! We have a buckeye room in our house too…I love the photo of your family’s buckeye room! :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Do you really? Ah, that makes me so happy! Glad you’re as devoted to OSU as my family. You’ll have to share photos of your room some time. :)

  • http://yumyumyummers.wordpress.com yumyumyummers

    love the addition of the cheese in your recipe. what a great guacamole!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thanks love! xx

  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angiesrecipes

    Cheesy Guacamole…love the combination.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Right!? It works very well. :)

  • http://tandysinclair.wordpress.com Tandy

    This sounds like a perfect ‘any sport’ dip!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      It really would be! Thanks Tandy. xx

  • http://FiveEuroFood.com Charles

    Love guacamole – always nice to see variations on the traditional recipe!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I’ve always stuck to this recipe, but I’ve thought of switching it up one time. Let me know if you have other versions. :)

  • http://gravatar.com/dreamshareproject Alexis @ There She Goes

    i spent my saturday at a college football tailgate- i skipped the boring part- the game! :) i had some guac there, but it doesnt look as good as this :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      You must have had a blast! The tailgates really are one of the best parts. I haven’t been to an OSU tailgate in a while. I need to change that. :)

  • http://thecompletecookbook.wordpress.com thecompletecookbook

    It’s hard to beat a good guacamole recipe and as always Caroline, you have manged to make your recipe looks absolutely magnificent! Lovely!
    Have a super week.
    :-) Mandy

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thank you so much, Mandy! It’s definitely a winning recipe in my family. Hope you have a great week as well. x

  • http://cavitiesandcravings.wordpress.com Cavities & Cravings

    Yum! Looks delicious! I love gauc and chips. I sometimes eat it as it’s own meal :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      As do I!!

  • http://thedrivencook.wordpress.com thedrivencook

    I love homemade guac! Any that isn’t homemade is so yucky to me. Spoiled, ha!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Oh trust me, I’m just as spoiled. I can’t remember the last time I bought guac from the store, ha!

  • http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.blogspot.com/ Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Looks like we are rivals! I am a Badger through and through! Go Big Ten!

    This guac looks amazing. Perfect for any game day, or anytime!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Oh noooooo! I guess we can get past our differences. Big game coming up!

  • http://fifteenspatulas.wordpress.com Joanne

    I didn’t know you are from Columbus! I was just there, flew back home yesterday. I spent the weekend there visiting my friend Jess. It’s such a great foodie city! I ate Jeni’s every single day I was there HAHAHAAHA. I also loved North Market, what a great place!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      No way, really? I know, I really miss it! I grew up there, but moved to California when I was 9 years old. So, I’ve been here most of my life. You’re right though, sooo much good food there. Craving some of it now. :)

  • http://myinnerchick.com My Inner Chick

    I Love Love Guacamole! I can never get enough of it.

    This looks Fabbbulous, Caroline :)) I’d love to come to your house. x

  • http://myinnerchick.com My Inner Chick

    did you get my comment???????

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Got it! Thanks so much, and you’re welcome whenever. :)

  • http://whatsgthatsg.wordpress.com gillian

    I wish I could have you cook every meal I consume. Seriously.

    Also LOVE the Buckeye room – that’s unreal! Hah. So glad my parents aren’t that fanatical about USC – I don’t think I could forgive them if we had a USC room in our house.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      We can arrange that. :) Isn’t it nuts? It’s my dad’s favorite place to hang out, naturally. Thankfully, the room isn’t here in CA…my mom wouldn’t let that happen, ha!

  • http://angsarap.wordpress.com rsmacaalay

    I love that you used mayonnaise in your guacamole, I usually do that as well

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I actually didn’t in this recipe (just gave the option), but my mom sometimes does it. Not enough to where you can notice the flavor though.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com yummychunklet

    Looks very tasty! I love the cheese garnish.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thank you!

  • http://teenagetaste.wordpress.com The Teenage Taste

    Chips and guacamole…gotta love them! :-D

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Agreed! I can never get enough.

  • http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com kitchenbelleicious

    now doesn’t this sound perfect for game day or any day for that matter. I swear I could make a meal off chips and guac and salsa everynight! Awesome flavor combinations going on here

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      As could I! I always end up spoiling my meal at Mexican restaurants eating endless amounts of chips and guac. It’s just way too delicious.

  • http://foodblogandthedog.wordpress.com foodblogandthedog

    The cheese is genius! Can you believe that I have made guac every Saturday night for as long as I can rememeber but never thought of adding cheese. I’m goona try it this weekend for sure !!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      No way, really? Now that’s commitment. ;) You’ll have to let me know how you like it! It’s sometimes hard to find Cotija cheese, but should be in the major markets.

  • http://thecafesucrefarine.blogspot.com/ The Café Sucré Farine

    Yum, I always love a new guacamole recipe – it seems like everyone has their own unique version and yours sounds wonderful – love the cheese addition!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I agree, there’s so many variations on the recipe. I always love finding new ones!

  • http://www.fromthelittleyellowkitchen.com/ Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen

    I couldn’t help but see that someone (up there) adds mayo to their guac! YUCK. As a born n’ raised close the border, Southern Californian, Mexican food snob, I would just like to say… keep your guac simple. Your recipe looks perrrrfect as is :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I completely agree, simple is always better! I just put it as an option, as I know some people like to add it for a creamier texture. I didn’t include it in the guac above though.

  • http://sinfullyspicy.wordpress.com Tanvi

    I love that you used cheese as a garnish..makes guacamole all the more yum! I never used mayo in guac ever!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I never do either, it’s just an option for some people. The cheese really makes it so much better!

  • http://www.tastygalaxy.com/cook/ Biana @ TastyGalaxy.com

    Love cheese in guacamole! I actually made guacamole with feta cheese – it added a wonderful flavor and texture.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Cotija cheese is very, very similar to feta. Same texture and salty flavor. So, we’re on the same page. :)

  • http://www.thepeachkitchen.com peachkins

    I love your version of guacamole and those bowls are so cute!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thank you so much! x

  • http://belleontheboulevard.wordpress.com belleontheboulevard

    Perfect for game day! Looks delicious!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thanks love!

  • http://clevermuffin.wordpress.com Aimee@clevermuffin

    Love the addition of jalapeños to this! I can’t believe my gauc has been sans jalapeños until now. This is a life changing moment i tell ya :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      No way, really?! Well you’ve got to use them now. They add just the right amount of kick to the guac. :)

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’ve never heard or tried Cotija Cheese and I’m curious to try this one. I love your guacamole!!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thanks Nami! Cotija is pretty similar to a feta cheese…crumbly texture and salty flavor. Great with Mexican food.

  • http://www.withaglass.com Sissi

    Your guacamole looks fantastic! I make it more or less the same way, but with some more seasonings and have never added garlic (not a chance to get this cheese here though). I will try your garlic tip next time!

  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    You certainly know how to make Game Day fun, don’t you?

  • http://gravatar.com/smartfoodandfit Lisa -smartfoodandfit

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but this would have been perfect for dinner today. I’m catching up on some emails and bookmarking this for Super Bowl weekend. I love learning new ways to prepare guacamole!