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Best Guacamole In Orange County

August 21, 2013 6:00 AM

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Guacamole is an amazing condiment — so amazing in fact that Freddy Fender wrote a song about it. It’s simple to prepare, and yet the blend of flavors and spice is virtually irresistible. If you get a craving for guacamole, here are some of the best places in our fair county to find this wonderful condiment.

taco loco guacamole Best Guacamole In Orange County
Taco Loco
640 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-1635
www.tacoloco.net

Before you even try the guacamole at Taco Loco, you realize that it’s done right. It contains all the things guacamole should have, including large chunks of avocado. One taste of it and you realize why cilantro is an essential ingredient in guacamole. The tomato and onion lend an irresistible sweetness to it. It’s not a spicy guacamole, but that’s what makes it so easy to recommend to everyone.

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el cholo guacamole Best Guacamole In Orange County
El Cholo Cantina
5465 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA  92604
(949) 451-0044
www.elcholo.com

Guacamole is one of those things that has a standard recipe, but the modifications are what make it great. At El Cholo, you can control the recipe. The ingredients will be brought to your table and you can select how much avocado, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno you’d like in your guacamole. If you don’t want the table-prepared guacamole, the house guacamole is very good with just the right amount of every ingredient.

el campeon guacamole Best Guacamole In Orange County
El Campeon
31921 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 489-9767
www.elcampeon.com

The first thing you notice about the guacamole here is that it has large chunks of avocado in it. The chips to dip into the guacamole are thick and sturdy, and they need to be so you can scoop up some of the guacamole without breaking the chip. The cilantro, onion and tomato are added in good proportions to the avocado. This has a nice spice to it that is not at all overpowering. Even people whose idea of spice is salt will be able to handle it.

baja guacamole Best Guacamole In Orange CountyBaja Fish Tacos
3664 S Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 641-4836
www.bajafishtacos.com

It would be really easy to drive by Baja Fish Tacos several times and not even be aware of it as it is tucked away in a shopping center near South Coast Plaza. However, once you find the place, you’ll find your reward. The guacamole here is not pureed, but has a creamy texture. The flavors are very well-balanced and this has a nice mild spice note that lingers on the palate without feeling like your mouth is on fire.

el toro bravo guacamole Best Guacamole In Orange CountyEl Toro Bravo Tortilleria
745 W 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-4464
www.eltorobravo.net

El Toro Bravo’s guacamole is a little less chunky than others, but it is an excellent mix of flavors. A fair amount of salt is added to the guacamole here, which contrasts the sweetness of the chunks of tomato and onion. The citrus flavor enhances the cilantro, which is used in good proportion. This guacamole has a little spicy kick to it that lingers on the palate and really wraps up the mix of flavors.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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