Guasacaca: Venezuelan Avocado Salsa

Guasacaca
Venezuelan Avocado Salsa. Marian Blazes
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (serves 2)
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Venezuelans have a unique version of guacamole called guasacaca, which is really not guacamole at all but more of an avocado sauce. It has a stronger flavor than guacamole, often seasoned with vinegar instead of lime juice (though not always) and lots of garlic. It's often served as a sauce for grilled meats but is excellent with fried plantain and fried yuca (for dipping) as well as with tequenos (Venezuelan fried cheese sticks) and empanadas

There are many variations of guasacaca but all have avocado, green pepper, onion and some fresh cilantro and parsley. Most Venezuelans make their guasacaca with aji dulce, a sweet chile pepper. Some versions also have tomato, while other people add mayonnaise. And there are even those who make it with green bell peppers and no avocado at all! Usually, the ingredients are mashed or mixed in a blender to produce a very creamy sauce, but some people prefer a chunkier guasacaca with a texture similar to guacamole.

Serve guasacaca with tortilla chips, fried plantains and especially with grilled steaks and chicken.

What You'll Need

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Optional: 1 small mild/sweet chili pepper (finely chopped)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chopped tomato

How to Make It

  1. Remove the flesh from the avocado, dice, and place in a bowl. Toss with a pinch of salt and the vinegar. Mash until creamy. Add the green pepper and onion and mix. 
  2. Add the garlic and chili pepper (if using) and mix to combine well.
  3. Add the vegetable oil, chopped tomato (if using) and the cilantro or parsley and combine.
  4. If you prefer a smoother guasacaca, place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth.
  1. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1018
Total Fat 88 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Unsaturated Fat 60 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 285 mg
Carbohydrates 57 g
Dietary Fiber 21 g
Protein 13 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)