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Venezuelan Guasacaca (Avocado Salsa) Recipe

Venezuelan Guasacaca (Avocado Salsa) Recipe

Guasacaca is a Venezuelan creamy avocado dip made with ripe avocados, cilantro, bell peppers and vinegar. The vinegar in Guasacaca gives it a more tangy flavor than guacamole.

This avocado dip has many uses in Venezuelan cuisine, from topping steaks and hamburgers, to being served with with chips, or empanadas to dip into.

Guasacaca has a creamy consistency, although chunks of avocado may be left in for added texture.

Origin & Cultural Significance

Guasacaca originated in the northern region of Venezuela; it was created as a sauce to serve with grilled meats in the 20th century. It is a popular side dish at family gatherings, barbecues, and special occasions.

Guasacaca is similar to Mexican Guacamole, which is another avocado-based dip.

Some variations of Guasacaca exist in different regions of Venezuela, for instance different herb or spice combinations may be added to adjust the flavor profile.

Guasacaca (Avocado Salsa)

Venezuelan Guasacaca Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Guasacaca is a creamy avocado dip made with ripe avocados, cilantro, peppers and vinegar, popular in Venezuela.

Ingredients

  • Avocado - 2
  • Onion - 1/2 cup
  • Green bell pepper - 1/2 cup
  • Tomatoes - 2
  • Garlic (minced) - 2 cloves
  • Cilantro - 1/4 cup
  • Parsley - 1/4 cup
  • White vinegar - 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil - 1/4 cup
  • Lime juice - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (optional) - 1/2 tsp

Instructions

  1. Half the avocados and remove the pits.
  2. Scoop out the flesh into a mixing bowl.
  3. Chop the onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and herbs.
  4. Add chopped onion, green bell pepper, tomato, minced garlic, cilantro, and parsley to the bowl with the avocado.
  5. Drizzle white vinegar, olive oil, and lime juice over the chopped ingredients.
  6. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
  7. Using a fork or potato masher, mash all of the ingredients together until well combined, but still slightly chunky.
  8. Transfer the guasacaca to a serving bowl and leave to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve alongside grilled meats, arepas, or as a dip for chips.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 599mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 9gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. It is for general information purposes and is only a rough estimation.

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