RECIPE: Frida’s Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers

RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo

If I could have dinner with anyone in history, it would be Frida Kahlo and I would want her to cook! A few years ago I treated myself to a copy of the book, Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Guadalupe Rivera (Diego Rivera‘s daughter) and Marie-Pierre Colle (a Mexican-French journalist). The book is organized by month and includes 12 of Frida’s dinner menus along with stories about Frida and Diego’s life together. This book is bursting with wonderful photos of Frida and the delicious food she loved to make. I’ve poured over the recipes in this book for years, but have been too afraid to try anything, worrying about tracking down the right ingredients.

RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo

Finally, I spotted a simple recipe for guacamole and new I had to try it! I tried to follow Frida’s recipe exactly with the exception of adding lime juice. I had never thought of using chipotle peppers instead of jalapeño in my guacamole, but the result was delicious!

The Recipe

Start by placing 4 chipotle chiles in a small bowl and pouring hot water over the top. Let stand for 10 minutes.

RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo

Next slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. I mashed two avocados and left the other two in cubes. Chop up the onion, tomato and cilantro. Drain water from chiles and chop. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Season with salt (to taste).

RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo

Notes: I also added a squeeze of 1/2 a lime and about 1 tablespoon of the adobe sauce from the chiles.

RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo

Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers
 
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Adapted from the book, Frida's Fiestas by Guadalupe Rivera.
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ripe but firm avocados, peeled
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 chipotle chiles in marinade, chopped
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the chiles in hot water for 10 minutes, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Note: I also added a squeeze of ½ a lime and about 1 tablespoon of the adobe sauce from the chiles.

RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo
RECIPE: Frida's Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers #recipe #fridakahlo

I hope you’ll be inspired to try this recipe tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo!

TODAY: Inspired by Frida Kahlo

TODAY: Inspired by Frida Kahlo
(Sources left to right: 1. Frida Kahlo, 1939 2. Mexican Embroidery (Source Unknown) 3. Day of the Dead Butterfly Shrine (calaverasYcorazones) 4. Hands holding mug (Flora Bowley)

Frida Kahlo has been one of my favorite artists in history since high school. The story of her life, her passion, and her art is so incredibly inspiring. Her paintings are both haunting and beautiful; and most are self-portraits.

If you’re unfamiliar with Frida Kahlo, I recommend watching the movie, Frida. Salma Hayak does an incredible job of portraying the Frida, the Mexican artist, wife of Diego Rivera and political revolutionist. As a teenager, Frida was in a terrible traffic accident which triggered a lifetime of physical pain and health problems. Despite her pain and illness, she was still a passionate, energetic person who was able to transform her pain into colorful, emotional works of art that are now celebrated in Mexico and around the world.

TODAY: Inspired by Frida Kahlo

I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. ― Frida Kahlo

She’s been on my mind a lot recently, as I too suffer from chronic pain (almost 2 years now). When you’re in pain 24/7 every day, it’s incredibly easy to give up your passions, forget about the things that make you happy and just generally ‘give up’ on trying to have a fulfilling life.

Frida reminds me that excitement, passion, and creativity are still there, waiting for me to remember that the ups and downs of life are just part of the process of living and growing. Pain and heartbreak can be transformed into a meaningful, creative expression. Now whenever I’m suffering a painful flair up, I call upon Frida to bring me comfort and inspiration to keep growing, creating and loving.

Do you or anyone you know suffer from chronic pain or illness? We’d love to hear your story and how you’ve found ways to stay inspired, keep creating and growing. Email us at hello@adventures-in-making.com