Nothing says let’s have a party more than whipping up a bowl of creamy, lime-kissed guacamole and setting it down next to a pile of crisp tortilla chips. Well, at least at my house that constitutes a party (especially with an ice-cold beer alongside). It seems like every time I make guacamole, the second it’s ready everyone is suddenly right there in the kitchen.
So the next time you are planning a party (Halloween is coming up fast, friends) remember this: guacamole makes a great base--a bumpy, grass-green landscape--for all sorts of inventive things. I decided to turn that yummy landscape into a fun and slightly creepy graveyard scene.
You can personalize this any way you want, but the general idea is to spread your vat of guac in a shallow baking dish (the spookier the better) and then plunge eerie crisp tortilla chips in the shapes of gravestones, ghosts and ghouls, and anything else you can think of, into the guac.
The tortilla chip shapes are cut from fresh corn tortillas and then shallow fried in a cast-iron skillet. It's easier than you might expect (especially if you stick to tombstones and ghosts) and takes less than a minute to bathe them in the hot oil and crisp them up. Some tips: be sure to use a sharp paring knife to cut out the shapes, leave room at the bottom so you can plunge the shape down into the guacamole, and once cut, get it into the oil quickly so it doesn’t dry out or curl up.
Get creative with your shapes (I made ghosts, tombstones, a creepy cat, and an ominous tree), and with what you put in the guac! I've given you a basic, and tasty, recipe for the guac, but feel free to add in other things you like: diced cucumber, minced jalapeño, a big spoonful of your favorite salsa...