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Spiced-up guacamole in a homemade tortilla bowl

Katherine Martinelli is an internationally published food and travel writer and photographer who contributes regularly to publications on three continents. She recently released her first cookbook, Puff Pastry at Brunch: 10 Sweet and Sa...

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Sept. 16 is Mexican Independence Day and, in America, National Guacamole Day. If you thought that all guacamole was the same, think again! Get inspired with a creative variation, then serve it in a homemade tortilla bowl.

Taco bowl

Making tortilla bowls at home doesn't require any special equipment — just tortillas and an oven! Besides using these edible bowls to add a unique touch to guacamole, they're also a fun way to serve salads and other dips.

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How to make tortilla bowls

Making your own tortilla bowls at home is easy! Just follow these steps.

You'll need:

  • 1 (10 inch) soft flour tortilla
  • Ovenproof metal bowl

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Put the tortilla inside an ovenproof metal bowl and push down lightly so it molds to the shape of the bowl. It's OK if it doesn't fit perfectly and the sides are a little crinkly.

Tortilla in bowl

Tortilla in bowl cooked

3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tortilla is crispy and very lightly browned.

Taco bowl out of oven

4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing. If it is done then it should keep the shape of the bowl, and you're in business!

Get creative with guacamole

pomegranatePomegranate guacamole

To add a sweet-tart flavor and gorgeous color to your usual guacamole, try throwing in a handful of pomegranate seeds to the mix. These ruby red jewels make the dip pop both visually and in flavor.

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tomatillosSpicy guacamole with roasted tomatillos

For extra Mexican flair, try adding roasted tomatillos to your guacamole. This small fruit has a slightly tart flavor, which goes beautifully with the avocado and lime juice. A little Serrano chile adds some fiery heat.

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tofuTofu guacamole

To sneak some added protein into your guacamole, give this recipe a whirl. The flavor of tofu is so mild, no one will even be able to tell it's there! It will just give added body and nutrition to your dip.

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peaFooled you guacamole

Thought that guacamole had to be made with avocado? Think again! This recipe subs mashed peas for the avocado and includes plenty of lime juice and green onions to get the flavor right.

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