How often do you find yourself craving some delicious guacamole from Chipotle? If you enjoy this nutritious and fresh salad/dip, making your own can be quite easy with just a bit of work and the right set of ingredients. This copycat Chipotle guac recipe is simple, quick, and ideal for serving with tortilla chips, burritos, and many other dishes!
Prepare These Ingredients
To make a delicious batch of guacamole, you’ll need:
- Two ripe avocados
- Two tablespoons of chopped cilantro
- Half of a jalapeño with seeds – diced
- A quarter of a cup of diced red onion
- Two teaspoons of lime juice
- A quarter of a teaspoon of salt
Prep the Avocados
Quality avocados are the secret to excellent guacamole. A gentle squeeze test will let you know if an avocado is ripe – it shouldn’t be hard or mushy but just able to give light pressure. When you’re ready to make the guac, cut both avocados in half. Remove the pits and scoop out all the avocado flesh into a big bowl. Add lime juice and salt. Use a fork to mash the avocados until you get a pretty smooth consistency with a few chunks left.
Put the Guacamole Together
The rest of the recipe is very simple. Add all the other ingredients to the avocado bowl and mix them well. Be sure to taste the guac and adjust the seasoning to your liking by adding more salt or lime juice if needed. You can use this guac as a dip for chips, filler for homemade burritos, a topping for tacos, and more!
Tips and Tricks
Guac tends to turn brown quickly because of oxidation. The lime juice is meant to slow that process down. If you want to store your guac in the fridge for a while, it’s best to put it in an airtight container or cover the bowl with clean film, making sure it touches the surface of the guacamole to keep the air out.
A rare fungus that looks a lot like decaying human fingers is endangered but still hanging on to life in Australia. Its zombie-like digits can also be seen wrapped around fallen trees on an island near the southern coast of the continent.
The Endangered Parasitic Fungus Is Known as Hypocreopsis Amplectens
The zombie fingers fungus is known as tea-tree fingers, and its shape resembles pudgy human fingers clinging to the wood. The pinkish-brown texture and color of the fungus make the fingers look dead, and that is why it’s called zombie’s fingers.
Tea-tree fingers are very rare and can be found in just a handful of locations in southeastern Australia and within the mainland of Victoria. Recently, an expedition led by naturalists from Australia’s Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria proved that the fungus is found in at least two other places.
The Fungus’ Fleshy Appearance Evolved to Help It Survive
According to Michael Amor, a fellow at RBGV, while the fungus’ appearance may be ghastly to humans, its strange shape has helped it survive. Amor is also the leader of the expedition that found the fungus in new places around the continent. He said in an interview that because it is found on dead, disconnected branches, its form helps it be flexible and allows it to grow over curves and crevices. This allows the fungus to cope with cracking, bending, and falling.
The zombie fingers fungus is a parasite that grows on other fungus hosts that decay wood. Many moth larvae and insects like to snack on the fungus, and that makes it a part of the complex local ecosystems.
One team of volunteers and researchers have also reported finding tea-tree fingers in locations at a national park on French Island, Victoria. One of the spots holds the largest population of tea-tree fingers, where over a hundred individual fruiting bodies can be found. This is more than the total population at all the sites on the mainland.