Homesick Texan’s Guacamole

When I stumbled (literally – through StumbleUpon) on Lisa Fain’s blog, Homesick Texan, the first thing I thought was: “Woohoo! Another Texan in the NYC area!” and the second thing I thought was: “That is a perfect name for a blog!”. I landed on her blog about a year after I’d started mine. But she’s been blogging much longer, since 2005.

Seriously, I love that Lisa is a Homesick Texan, just trying to make carne guisada and enchiladas like we get back home in Texas.

Her approach is very different to mine, and that’s okay. We’re two different kinds of Texans. Lisa spent her growing up years in North and East Texas. I spent my growin’ up years solely in South Texas. But we’re both Texan, and that means we’re kin.

When you’re from a state as big as ours, the difference in cuisine from the North end to the South end are easily as different as from East Coast to West Coast of the United States. For example, when I was reading the Homesick Texan Cookbook, I came across Lisa’s recipe for Soft Cheese Tacos. As Lisa assures us, these are a Dallas-only phenomenon. Not that they don’t look incredible – I’d just never seen anything like them!

Like Robb Walsh’s The Tex-Mex Cookbook, Lisa’s book is a love letter – only instead of just San Antonio and the surrounding areas, I like to think of Lisa’s book as a love letter to the entire state of Texas, with a little postscript about the love of a good Texan family thrown in. I can relate.

Flipping through Lisa’s The Homesick Texan Cookbook, I realized something. I’ve never put a Guacamole recipe on Bluebonnets & Brownies. This, my friends, is a crying shame. And who better to share their guacamole recipe than Lisa herself?

Guacamole is the perfect topping, side dish, party dip or.. hell, breakfast to any Texan. We eat it all year round, sure. Without question, though, it is the must-have food at any holiday party.

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your love of Texas and your passion for good food with the world. And thank you for sharing your Guacamole recipe with Bluebonnets & Brownies today.

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  1. says

    I would love to win a copy of Lisa’s book. It’s interesting that you pointed out that there are different styles of Texas cooking. I never thought about that but I am sure it is completely true! I love some good guacamole, this recipe looks and sounds wonderful.

    My favorite Tex Mex food would probably be Migas….mmm.

  2. says

    There’s nothing like starting off my day with a hot cup of tea and a blog entry about guacamole. Haha! 😉

    I think my favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex food would be any variation on rice and beans, the spicier the better. I love the flavors and textures!

  3. says

    There is NOTHING better than guacamole. I’m a bit of a wimp though so I’m not sure I could handle the serrano chili.

    I’m a big fan of any Tex-Mex/Mexican food. I love a good crunchy taco.

  4. Dena Hamlin says

    My family and I just moved to Texas and my favorite TexMex that I have eaten is a puffy taco. I adore guacamole as well. Sooooo delish!

  5. says

    Mexican food is on the top of my list and there are so many things I just love. I would have to narrow it down to shrimp fajitas, chicken enchiladas or chicken flautas…….now I’m getting hungry….mmm!

  6. suzanne says

    I have so many favorites, right now my go to Tex-Mex is cheese enchiladas with ranchero sauce.- YUMMY. the Homesick Texas cookbook is on my Christmas wish list this year.

  7. Hector says

    I love to make tortillas and then fill them with whatever I have as leftovers in the fridge. I could have meatloaf, chicken curry or some other ridiculous thing. Or just for kicks, make a tortilla and put peanut butter and jelly. Truly decadent!

  8. says

    Great giveaway! I think my favorite Tex-Mex/Mexican food is enchiladas. A little spicy with a creamy sauce on top…yum.

  9. Martha says

    How can you pick a favorite Mexican dish! I love it all! I do love huevos rancheros though. In the end, refried beans complete all my Mexican dishes. yum!

  10. Caroline K says

    I ran across Lisa’s website when I was searching for a recipe for Frito Pie. It is still my favorite recipe that I have made from her site and I am teaching an 8th Grade cooking class (2 days) called “The Comfort Foods of Texas” – many of the recipes will be coming from both of your sites.

    Frito Pie hits the spot like nothing else can! :)

  11. says

    Mexican in general is my all time favorite type of food. Anything! I love tacos, enchiladas, guac….you name it I will eat it.

  12. Angie R. says

    Oh, so hard to choose. I think I would have to say fajitas, probably because of the guacamole and salsa that comes with it. But I’m pretty picky about my salsa. If the salsa’s not good, then nothing else is good!

    From one Texan to another – I would love to win the cookbook!

  13. says

    Oh goodness, what to choose, what to choose…. I love cruchy tacos with the works – a favorite since childhood – the creamy coolness of sour cream, the flavorful guacomole, the spicyness of the salsa, cilantro in the pico de gallo, some white cheese on it, with some fresh grilled meat. My family and I would just love this book!

  14. Jill J says

    We love enchiladas and fajitas (just to name a couple) – Tex-Mex = some of my favorite foods!!

  15. Jill J says

    I follow @HomesickTexan and @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter and tweeted this giveaway (jilliebean_j)

  16. says

    My favorite tex mex food is EVERYTHING! It’s a way of life for me! :)

    If I absolutely have to chose, enchiladas with chile con carne with raw onions sprinkled on top :)

  17. Always Wright says

    My favorite Tex-Mex dish is fajitas with lots of extra goodies on them! My mouth is watering now!

  18. says

    Oh my goodness! I am yet another Texan (Austinite) living in NYC! And yes, I crave Tex-Mex like mad. I guess my favorite Tex-Mex would have to be breakfast tacos. Although according to my roommates, potatoes do not belong in a tortilla with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese. I would have to humbly disagree!

    • Natasha says

      Tell your roommates they are missing the BEST breakfast delight! I so enjoy breakfast tacos and the one you talk about is a favorite of mine. Sometimes I’ll leave the egg out and just do a meat, cheese, potato combo.

  19. Megan says

    I’m a non-native Texan who has become spoiled by great Tex Mex! There’s not much that I don’t love, but sour cream chicken enchiladas are at the top of my list — if I don’t eat too many chips and salsa beforehand, anyway.

  20. Maxine R. says

    I’d say I love carnitas. Then I make tacos and enchiladas from there. Sounds good doesn’t it?

  21. Natasha says

    My favorite Mexican dish is chile relleno. I love eating stuffed peppers and this (when cooked right) is a great tasting dish along with a good drink!

  22. Amelia says

    Queso. I lived in California for three years and no one knew what it was – I missed it so much!

  23. Tessa says

    Being a native Texan and lover of all Tex-Mex, my favorite food is the queso dip – Bob Armstrong – at Matt’s El Rancho in Dallas. Essentially traditional queso with guacamole, sour cream, and ground beef stirred in. Gluttony and perfection all in one bowl.