Bust out your favorite tortilla chips, TJ’s fans!
What is Trader Joe’s Chunky Spicy Guacamole Auténtico?
This guac is a pre-made dip that requires nothing more than opening a package and diving in. Trader Joe’s is well-known for its gigantic variety of pre-made dips and this Tex-Mex dip fits right into their dip line-up.
Like so many of the products I’ve tried from Trader Joe’s, this guac contains minimal ingredients while giving you a big bang in the flavor department. The ingredient list is so short that I’m almost embarrassed I didn’t just make this on my own at home!
Here are all of the ingredients you’ll find in this guacamole:
- Hass avocado
- Red pepper (I’m assuming this is means red bell pepper)
- Jalapeño pepper
- Serrano pepper
- Sea salt
- Arbol pepper
- Concentrated lime juice
How Spicy is Spicy?
OK, so this is called spicy guac, right? And with 3 types of spicy peppers (jalapeño, serrano, and arbor) on the ingredient list, you’d expect for this guacamole to be “woah SPICY!”
But honestly, it’s not all that spicy at all! I mean, our toddler thought it was too spicy but I’m fairly sensitive to spicy peppers and I thought this guac was just spicy enough before landing in the “I’m sweating from the spice” category.
I’ve included some extra thoughts and ramblings about The Spice Factor below in my Review section so be sure to keep reading!
How Does Chunky Spicy Guac Differ from Avocado’s Number Guacamole on the Go?
Trader Joe’s Avocado’s Number Guacamole on the Go are single-serve packets of guacamole, which make great little snacks to pack in a lunch bag or for little snackers at home. The flavor of this guac is so mild that it’s almost like eating just smashed avocado.
The Chunky Spicy Guacamole Auténtico is definitely more of an, well, authentic guacamole! It’s similar to what you’d make at home or order at a Mexican restaurant.
Where In the Store?
You can find this guacamole in the refrigerated prepared foods section at Trader Joe’s. It’s with the dips and hummus!
How to Serve Trader Joe’s Guacamole Auténtico
In my humble opinion, there’s no wrong way to serve guacamole. To serve this guac, you could be like us and simply open that package and start dipping away.
If you’re planning to serve this to company – or even, ahem, pass it off as your own homemade guac – just scoop it out of the package and into a small serving bowl. Unless, of course, your friends don’t care about eating guac out of a plastic tub then by all means, don’t dirty another dish!
To me, guacamole is a hugely diverse ingredient that is so much more than just a dip for tortilla chips! Here are a few ways that I’ve integrated it into other recipes in the past:
Trader Joe’s Chunky Spicy Guacamole would be utterly perfect for any of those recipes or for whatever other recipe you want to add it to!
OK. The truth is, I LOVE guacamole. I love making it at home and always order it when we eat at a Mexican restaurant, so I thought it would be difficult to write an unbiased review about pre-made, store-bought guacamole.
However, this guac is REALLY good! Like, so good that it might be better than my homemade guac, and that’s saying a lot! And it’s WAY WAY better than any other pre-made, store-bought guacamole I’ve ever tried.
The flavors are well-balanced and as some guacamole can taste too limey, too cilantro-y, or too plain and blah, Trader Joe’s “authentic guacamole” was none of the above. It was delish!!
I talked a little above about The Spice Factor in this guac and truthfully, considering this is actually referred to as “Spicy” in the product name, I’d only consider it to mildly spicy. I don’t have a high threshold for spicy food so for me to say guac doesn’t live up to being called “Spicy” means something.
As the name of this guacamole also refers to it being “Chunky,” I thought you’d want to know about that too.
And umm…it’s not chunky either. LOL!
Well, I suppose if you consider the chopped tomatoes, red peppers, and onions as being chunky (and there aren’t huge pieces in there), then that’s fine.
But I expected the avocado in this guac to be CHUNKY and it totally isn’t. I’m fine with this since I don’t much care if the avocado in my guacamole is chunky or smooth, but if you DO care, keep this in mind.
Packaging-wise, Trader Joe’s could have done a little better. The guac is packed in a small plastic tub with a plastic peel-away film that IS NOT resealable.
I get that avocado browns a bit when it is exposed to air but because you can’t reseal this container, you basically have to eat all of the guac in 1 sitting – not feasible for just a couple of people who are snacking on it -, transfer it to another container and thus dirtying some of your dishes, or cover it with foil (plastic wrap will not stick to the plastic container) and hope the foil keeps the leftover guac fresh for at least a little while.
Buy It Again?
Heck yes, I’ll buy the “Chunky Spicy” Guacamole Auténtico again! It’s a fantastic guacamole and the fact that it was store-bought blew my mind.
And since it’s so difficult to buy an avocado that’s perfectly ripe at the exact time I want to use it, having a really good store-bought guacamole as a back up to use in recipes or serve as an appetizer is a major bonus for me.
You will not be disappointed at all with this guacamole! Pick some up the next time you’re at Trader Joe’s!