One of the best parts about camping is definitely the food. Whether it’s waking up at the crack of dawn to the smell of breakfast hash permeating the air, or sitting around the campfire telling stories, waiting for the s’mores to have the perfect consistency of melted goodness, some of the best memories revolve around the dinner table. Or in this case around the fire pit.

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But what about those moments where you just finished hiking for a couple of hours, you get back to your campsite, and your stomach begins to growl? Suddenly 25 minutes to meal time seems like an eternity. In comes our spicy guacamole recipe to the rescue. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it’s damn good.

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Avocados can be found at just about any grocery store, even in the sticks, and if you happen to purchase them underripe, just have the clerk bag them up in a paper bag. Growing up with an avocado tree, I was always taught to put underripe avocados in a paper bag. Turns out there is science behind this. Avocados give off ethylene gas, a hormone that helps trigger ripening. The paper bag traps the ethylene. Throwing kiwis or apples in the bag can help speed up the process.

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There are a bazillion variations in guacamole recipes. Some like to add mango and others like to add garlic; it can be very spicy or not spicy at all. This recipe is more of a traditional approach. We like it simple, fresh, and spicy. This is also ideal for camping because it requires minimal ingredients, all of which are fairly low maintenance.

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After peeling, chopping and dicing the onion, do the same with the jalapeño and cilantro. If you want the spice level to be a little more on the mild side, simply deseed the jalapeño and let it sit in lime juice for a couple of minutes. Once all of the ingredients are chopped and diced, put them in a bowl. Add the avocado, salt and pepper, and mix and mash…and voila. It’s ready.

SPICY GUACAMOLE

Servings 2-4

INGREDIENTS

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  • 2 avocados (peeled, pitted, and mashed)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (finely diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (finely diced)
  • 1 lime juiced (or more to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.

Camp Notes is a big high five to the fun of sleeping outdoors and all that comes along with it. You know, camping and stuff. Photos by Paul Martinez.

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