At El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora, we make the very best guacamole from fresh avocados and a special blend of delicious spices. But when you dip your chip into our delicious avocado mixture, do you ever wonder about the history of guacamole?
These days, guacamole has become so popular that a national holiday has been dedicated to it on September 16th, and over 1.3 million avocado and guacamole lovers from all over the world have flocked to the Avocados from Mexico Facebook page to talk about and share their favorite guacamole recipes and ideas.
As for its history, guacamole dates back to the 1500s. The Aztecs of Mexico created a popular saucy green spread using the same ingredients that we enjoy today. They called it ahuaca-mulli which means an avocado mixture or avocado sauce. The word guacamole that’s more commonly used today is likely derived from a language in Central Mexico called Nahuatl where it was pronounced waka’mole and huaka’mole. Of course, it’s become such a part of our everyday vernacular that we’ve now shortened it to “guac”.
As for the Aztecs, they loved guacamole and believed it to be a natural aphrodisiac. It also contains more natural mono-saturated fat and protein than other fruits so it was very important to their health. In case you were wondering, avocados have almost 20 vitamins and minerals. They can also help manage heart problems and cholesterol for some people. So, besides tasting good, guacamole is also good for you. Feel free to order extra on the side next time you come to El Chubby’s!
The Spaniards fell in love with guacamole when they encountered the Aztec people during their explorations of the New World. Unfortunately, when they got back home to Spain, they couldn’t make guacamole because avocados didn’t grow in Europe at the time. They tried substitutions but it really wasn’t the same. Thanks to modern modes of transportation, avocados have since made their way across the Atlantic, bestowing more people with the ability to enjoy guac.
Now, fast forward to the 1940s when guacamole recipes were finally published and became more widely known. In the 1960s, marketing and advertising campaigns inaccurately tried to associate the avocado with the Pacific Islands. Finally, in the 1970s, people in the United States regularly began to serve guacamole with Spanish and Mediterranean foods.
These days, guacamole is served with many different types of food besides Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, but there are two particular times a year where everyone in the United States goes wild for yummy guacamole. Cinco de Mayo and Super Bowl Sunday. On those two days, as you most likely already know, guacamole is almost a requirement.
So, the next time you dip your chips or taquitos into guacamole at El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora, think about the history of guacamole! And be thankful that you’re not like those poor Spanish explorers who only got a taste of the Aztec’s delicious guacamole before having to go home without it. Qué lástima!