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Guacamole Chipotle Burgers

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!  (Or, in English, Happy Fifth of Mayonnaise!)

Oh, I kid…

Anyhoo, this is the day when everyone is all about everything Mexican – not unlike St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is Irish.  However, unlike St. Patrick’s Day when the objective appears to drink yourself silly and be forced to wear hideous shades of green,  Cinco de Mayo is more about the food.  (At this point, I could say something about how Mexican food, as opposed to Irish food, actually tastes good but then I’m from Texas and kind of prejudiced, and don’t really want to offend my Irish readers – and I do have some – so I won’t.)

Where was I?  Oh, yes – food.

I actually forgot today was Cinco de Mayo until Beloved reminded me last night and these burgers were already in the works.  Nor had I planned on posting this recipe (I wasn’t sure what I was going to post about, to be honest), but it just seemed so perfect – to say nothing of delicious.  I guess that makes me all serendipitous and stuff. 😛  But serendipitous or not, this really was good.  You can increase or decrease the amount of chipotle and cumin to suit your tastes, and serve them bread if you prefer with your choice of condiments, of course.  We ate ours bunless and with homemade mayonnaise, red onion, lettuce, tomato and pickle…and they were delicious.

A note about the chipotle peppers: I rarely use any canned ingredients anymore, but I have yet to try to make my own chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (it can be done, but is extremely time-consuming) so for now I’m using canned.  Oh, well.

Guacamole Chipotle Burgers

Guacamole Chipotle Burgers

serves 6

2 pounds ground beef
4 canned chipotle peppers, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons canned adobo sauce
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tallow or other cooking fat
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups guacamole

In a small, heavy skillet, melt the tallow over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, 1 or 2 minutes more.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, minced chipotle peppers and sauce, salt, pepper and cumin.  Add the onion/garlic mixture and mix thoroughly but gently – over-mixing can cause the burgers to be tough.  Using your hands, pat out 6 hamburgers that are about 1/2″ thick.

Grill the burgers over indirect heat on a charcoal (or gas, if you must) grill, turning once, until the juices run clear – about 4 or 5 minutes per side.

Top with 1/4 cup of freshly made quacamole and serve with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles and condiments.

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Be says:

¡Ay, caramba! Es muy delicioso.

Jan says:

I’m impressed that you got the upside-down exclamation point to show!

Michele says:

hmmmmm…I’ve got some avocadosthat need to be used up.

Jan says:

This would probably work quite well with black bean burgers – are you still eating legumes?

Michele says:

Yes, in fact that was exactly what I was thinking of while I was reading it. My thoughts went something like this:
“mmmmmm…black bean burgers sitting on a bed of lettuce and tomato with huge scoops of avocado on top” Then I said “Oh shit! I hope I can get the drool off my keyboard before IT see it.”

Sean says:

Everyone knows it actually translates as: “happy sink full of mayo”.

But that photo turned my boca into a rio grande of drool, entonces, es muy droolicioso. (sorry)

Sean says:

One hasn’t truly made a bad pun until they’ve done it in two languages at once. I have a classic one in German and English I’m saving for a really, really rainy day.

Jan says:

I love puns (it’s genetic, I think LOL) and am totally bummed I never thought of the “sink full of mayo” myself. They were indeed muy droolicioso.

It’s been really, really rainy here lately, so cough it up, son.

Sean says:

OK, but I totally warned you.

Why do Germans prefer showers?

Because they don’t want to have a bad day.

Jan says:


That being said, one of the funniest stand-up bits I ever heard was Ron White recalling his first experience with a bidet. Absolutely hilarious.

Sean says:

I’ve told that joke to quite a few Europeans and it was universally despised. So I’m pretty sure I’ve invented the worst bilingual pun ever.

On the other hand, Europeans (outside of the British, of course, aren’t really into puns, in my experience.

chuck says:

Dr. Oz just fainted. Screw him, this looks great and is good for you too.

Jan says:

Oh, darn – I was kinda hoping he’d, you know, dropped dead or something. 😛

I’m bad, I know.


The end.


How is it that you make even guacamole look good? I don’t like guac, I might have to brainstorm an alternative that won’t take away from the yumminess. 😉

Jan says:

The burgers were quite tasty without the guac – perhaps smothered in a good salsa?

John just caught a look at this over my shoulder and asked when the cookbook is coming out. 🙂

Jan says:

Well, due to circumstances beyond our control, perhaps not as quickly as I had planned. But hopefully before the end of the year.

Irish Gumbo says:

Two things:

1) Yum.

2) Someone needs to explain that English-German pun to me. I’m vexed that I don’t get it 🙂

Jan says:

Bad Day = bidet.

I have an uncle who’s bilingual – English and Pun. I grew up groaning at bad wordplay.

Irish Gumbo says:

Das is Baden Baden (grin).

Lisa says:

Oh I do love a good chipotle.

Jan says:

Oh, me too! When pepper season is upon us, I’m going to find out how to make my own.

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