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With five kids in the family, we basically lived at the Little League ballpark every spring once my brothers hit t-ball age. My brain has repressed the one gawky year I played baseball, but I do remember the glory that was the ballpark snack bar. That’s where my nachos addiction started.
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But even better than the nachos were the taquitos. The sweet snack bar ladies always gave me a double ladle of the amazing avocado sauce they poured over the crappy Smart & Final taquitos — if you’re old enough, you remember this type of taquito: unroll it to find not shredded meat, but one paper-thin, round slice of a processed, meat-like substance.
The taquito sauce wasn’t guacamole, and it wasn’t salsa. It was thick enough to dip, but thin enough to pour. It had the smooth, bland taste of a fresh avocado, but it had a spicy kick and something that reminded me of lime, but definitely wasn’t lime.
That lime/not lime flavor is tomatillo. The heavens opened and a dove flew down when I discovered the tomatillo. Tomatillo is the secret ingredient that had kept me from perfecting my ballpark avocado sauce copycat recipe all those years.
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Budget Recipe: Amazing Avocado Sauce
It costs 38 cents to make 12oz of this Amazing Avocado Sauce!
I scored avocados for 20 cents each, but even if you, like my sister, have to pay $1 per avocado because you live in Pittsburgh, the batch will only cost you $1.18.
I defy you to find 12oz of anything at the grocery store with the word avocado on it for under a buck.
Here’s the breakdown of the cost for the Amazing Avocado Sauce:
The Amazing Avocado Sauce Recipe
|Cost Per Recipe
|Total cost for 12oz||$0.38|
4oz at $0.50/lb
1 at $0.88/lb
One Sauce To Rule Them All
My very favorite way to eat The Amazing Avocado Sauce is ladled over carnitas. Crispy pork in steamed corn tortillas smothered in this sauce takes me back to my ballpark taquito days.
More ways to use The Amazing Avocado Sauce recipe:
- Sauce: Pour it over fish, chicken, beef, and pork — especially if you grilled it.
- Cold soup: I like to eat it with a spoon, so why not?
- Chips and Salsa
- Salad dressing: The Amazing Avocado Sauce fits every popular diet: Paleo, Whole30, gluten free, and vegan—it’s the perfect clean eating creamy dressing recipe!
- Veggie dip
Entertaining on a Budget
Do you need to serve a crowd on a budget? For $2.38 you can buy a bag of organic tortilla chips (they’re always on sale somewhere for $2) and make a big 12oz batch of The Amazing Avocado Sauce recipe. It’s a little more interesting than serving plain salsa, and it’s the perfect easy appetizer for game day or a summer bbq.
Super bonus: The Amazing Avocado Sauce will never turn brown, so it’s a great make-ahead party recipe!
I took the photo of The Amazing Avocado Sauce four days after I made it! (That photo is also a testament to my self control, since I can eat a whole batch in a day.)
Finally, here’s the free printable recipe for The Amazing Avocado Sauce:
- 1 avocado
- 2 tomatillos
- 1 jalapeno
- 8 oz water
- 1 tsp salt
- Prep: Remove the tomatillo husks and wash the tomatillos with soap and water to remove the sticky residue; cut the tomatillos in half. Cut the stem off the jalapeno. Remove the skin and seed from the avocado.
- Add all ingredients to the blender and puree.
- Refrigerate for up to 7 days.