Take a Break. It’s Labor Day!

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Appetizer

GUACAMOLE WITH GRILLED CORN AND COTIJA CHEESE

MANGO MARGARITA WITH TAJIN

Labor Day is the perfect day to keep everything simple.  Guacamole and a refreshing margarita sounds perfect on a hot day like today.  Let’s put our feet up and sip on this cocktail and dig into the creamy, delicious guacamole.  For years I’ve been asked to make guacamole and mango margaritas for family occasions.  Now the recipe is yours.   You will be the talk of the town with this dynamic duo.  The guacamole is special because it hits all the notes our palate wants.  Heat from the chiles, sweet from the corn, acid from the limes, salt from the cheese, and crunch from the tortilla chip.  The mango margaritas are so perfectly balanced with the sweet freshness of the mangos and spice from the Tajin.  Cheers!

Time-20 minutes

Servings-4-6

Ingredients

Guacamole

4 Haas avocados smashed, 1/2 cob of charred corn kernels, 1 Roma tomato diced, 3 TBS of red onion diced, 2 jalapeños diced, 2 TBS of cilantro chopped, 2 garlic cloves diced,  juice of 2 limes, 1/2 tsp of kosher salt, and a sprinkling of graded cotija cheese.

Mango Margaritas

4 cups of Jose Cuevo mango margarita mix made with Tequila, 1 cup of frozen mangos, 14 ounces of mango sorbet, 1 cup of ice, 1 lime wedge to help with rimming margarita glass, Tajin for rimming of glass and finishing of drink.

Guacamole Preparation

On medium high heat char corn in a dry cast iron skillet on all sides.  A griddle, skillet, or grill will also work.  This will take about 10 minutes to get all sides charred.

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Shave half of the charred corn kernels with a knife and catch in a bowl.  Save other half of corn for another use.

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In a bowl add avocado, corn kernels, tomato, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, garlic and lime juice.  Mix together well and season with salt.  Add as much cotija cheese as you like for added saltiness.

Margarita Preparation

In a blender add Cuervo mix, frozen mangos, mango sorbet and ice.  Blend margaritas until smooth.  Rim glass with lime juice and dip into Tajin.  Pour mixture into glass and top with a sprinkling of Tajin for added flavor and color.  Cheers!

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Cook’s Note

  1.  Guacamole tends to come out a little different every time I make it.  The heat from the chilies and juice from the lime vary.  This is just a road map.  If you like it spicier use serrano pepper instead of jalapeño.  If two jalapeños are too spicy, remove it or just use one.  If you like it more acidic use more lime juice.  You can always add more salt if that’s what tastes good to you.
  2. Finding Jose Cuervo Mango Margarita mix with Tequila can be hard to find.  I have used the regular lime mix and have added my own Tequila.  They both work well because of the fresh mangos and sorbet.  If you find a mix without tequila just add one shot of Tequila to each drink.  I find that’s the perfect amount for everyone.

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

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The Author

I'm an earnest mother and wife doing her best to provide a delicious and memorable dinner table for her family. Life get's busy and it's so easy to throw in the towel and order out or heat up a pre-made meal. I've committed myself to making a homemade meal at least 4 times a week. I would like to share what I've learned with a group of people who are also home-cooks doing their best for their loved ones. Let's share our best recipes with each other and broaden our menu's to ease the age old question "what's for dinner?"

5 Comments

  1. Janie says

    Karen your Guacamole was delicious yesterday with the Mango Margarita. Perfect twosome!
    A BIG HIT AGAIN!

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