Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 December 2019

My key ingredient: avocado

Juan Flores, executive chef at Loca Dubai, explains why the mighty avocado is much-used in his kitchen, and offers a guide to creating the perfect guacamole

Loca Dubai's signature guacamole
Loca Dubai's signature guacamole

"Native to Mexico, avocados are a central ingredient in our cooking and I grew up eating them almost every day. My mother used to make them many ways, adding them to soups or tacos to give a creamy edge to a dish, but my favourite has always been guacamole. Literally meaning avocado sauce in Aztec, it is a celebration of the amazing colour and flavour of the mighty avocado, and a signature dish at Loca."

Loca’s signature guacamole (serves 2)

Preparation time time: 5 mins


1 ½ avocadoes (large)

Juice from ½ lime

1 tablespoon chopped coriander

2 tablespoons diced tomato

20g chopped jalapenos

A pinch of garlic powder

1 tablespoon diced shallots

Salt and pepper to taste


Scoop out the avocado flesh and place in a small molcajete or mixing bowl.

Squeeze fresh lime into the bowl.

Add the coriander, tomato, jalapenos, garlic powder and shallots into the bowl and pulp mixture into desired consistency.

Serve immediately with salsa and tortilla chips.


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