This post is sponsored by La Vaquita®. All thoughts and opinions, and love for cheese, are 100% my own.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending Christmas Eve at my Mom’s house. Some years we play card games (or Christmas Bingo) with all of the cousins and some years we sing Christmas carols around the piano. We’ve even done a White Elephant gift exchange in years past before all the little ones came along. Though the night’s activities may change, one thing always remains constant: Mom’s tamales.
Mom spends the day with my grandmother (her mom) and my sister rolling the tamales and tying the husks by hand. She typically makes a batch of all beef and one of green corn (green chilis + corn, not actually green corn). If we’re lucky, she sometimes also whips up a batch of our favorite Restaurant Style Salsa to smother them with.
This year I noticed one thing missing from our delicious Christmas Eve feast… guacamole! My family (read: mostly my Dad) have never been huge fans and I honestly didn’t even discover the deliciousness that is guacamole until my adult life. Oh, the decades I was missing out! I am making it my mission next year to try to enlighten everyone and I think I’ve perfected just the recipe to do it. My secret weapon: queso fresco.
Guacamole = delicious. Cheese = delicious. Queso Fresco Guacamole? Beyond delicious. The key is using La Vaquita Queso Fresco. (Available at several grocery stores including H-E-B, Fiesta, Walmart, Kroger and other local grocers throughout Texas.) I found mine at Walmart in the deli cheese section- not with the sliced/ shredded bagged varieties- be sure to check near the specialty cheeses.
La Vaquita queso fresco was created in a quaint home in Houston in 1971 by a Mexican immigrant who was inspired by a recipe she learned on her family’s farm, and has since been handed down through generations of homestead cheesemakers. As a Texas-born brand, La Vaquita – which is Spanish for “The Little Cow” – has become a trusted favorite among households and restaurants throughout the state, helping define how Hispanic cuisine is enjoyed due to its delicious, instantly authentic flavor. La Vaquita is honored to be the preferred queso fresco used by native Houstonian and award-winning Executive Chef of Cordúa Restaurants, David Cordúa.
Queso Fresco, or “fresh cheese”, is a versatile crumbling cheese that is fresh, bright, milky, and mild. However, unlike stronger crumbling cheeses, like feta or blue cheese, the flavor of Queso Fresco is smooth making it a perfect complement to just about any recipe. La Vaquita Queso Fresco is creamy and easy to crumble, so it’s easy to add to any dish. An obvious choice for tacos or Mexican favorites, but equally delicious when used for recipes like soups, salads, beans, grilled corn, or even eggs.
La Vaquita cheeses are the perfect complement to any dish and create memorable cooking moments that are best shared with family and friends. I’m hoping that will help me win over my family next year and show them what they’ve been missing out on with this yummy Queso Fresco Guacamole. Make this recipe for your next holiday celebration, game day party, or ‘Taco Tuesday’!
Check out this quick video to see how easy it is to make guacamole at home with La Vaquita Queso Fresco:
Get the full recipe on Grace and Good Eats: http://www.graceandgoodeats.com/queso-fresco-quacamole/Posted by Grace and Good Eats on Tuesday, December 27, 2016
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 red jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
- ½ lime, juiced
- ⅓ cup La Vaquita Queso Fresco cheese
- ¼ cup red onion
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard.
- Remove the avocado from the skin and transfer the flesh to a medium bowl.
- Mash the avocado until desired texture- chunky or smooth.
- Add all other remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Serve immediately.
La Vaquita makes authentic Mexican culinary experiences accessible to everyone and inspires others to discover their own artisanal food moments with a versatile array of high-quality quesos (cheeses) and cremas (creams). To learn more about La Vaquita products and history, please visit www.lavaquitacheese.com.