Grilled Tortilla Chips with Grilled Tomatillo Guacamole

by on January 24, 2012

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It was a happy accident that I ended up making tortilla chips on the panini maker. I was actually grilling tostadas when I noticed how crisp the tortillas got from just a little oil on both sides and 90 seconds on the grill. I essentially had one big circular chip. So I cut a tortilla down into triangles and played around with some seasonings until – voilà – I had some truly snackable, tasty homemade tortilla chips (with pretty grill marks, too!) in a matter of minutes.

Of course, then I needed a dip.

Presenting the best guacamole I’ve made to date: Grilled Tomatillo Guacamole. I finally figured out the not-so-secret ingredient that makes my favorite restaurant guac, from El Nopalito in Encinitas, especially fresh-tasting. It’s the tart, green tomatillos. I defy you to spot the tomatillos in these photos. They’re completely camouflaged amongst the avocados. But you can taste their presence in that je ne sais quois kind of way. To dial down the tartness a little and coax out the sweetness I grilled the tomatillos for just a few minutes on the panini maker before mixing them into the guacamole.
The next time you’ve got people coming over, bring out your homemade, grill marked tortilla chips and this mouthwatering tomatillo guacamole for a truly special treat.

Grilled Tortilla Chips and Grilled Tomatillo Guacamole

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1 Colleen January 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

Yum! Looks perfect for Superbowl snackin’!

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2 Michael Strahs January 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I love the lines on the chips – makes the chips look crunchier. Great post!

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3 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Great chips! I wish tomatillos were easier to find at the markets here in the northeast. I do love the tart flavor they give to salsa and guac.

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4 I am LOVD January 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I am a lover of avocado and can’t wait to try both these recipes side-by-side!!! Thanks so much for utilizing a Panini Maker like nobody’s business!!!

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5 Carolyn January 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

That is so cool, making these on your panini press!

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6 Kalyn January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Love this idea because I could use whole wheat flour tortillas and make it diet-friendly for me!

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7 Kathy January 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

You absolutely could, Kalyn!

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8 Jeanette January 25, 2012 at 7:26 am

Another brilliant panini idea Kathy! Love the spice mix for the chips and that Tomatillo Guacamole sounds perfect for superbowl!

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9 Joanne (Inspired Taste) January 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

I absolutely love the flavor of tomatillos, especially grilled or even charred slightly under the broiler. Adding them to guacamole is so smart!
Thanks for sharing!

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10 Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 29, 2012 at 5:24 am

That is some nice looking guacamole!

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11 Jenny January 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

This looks really great!

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12 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

Those chips are so pretty!! Now I definitely need a panini press…

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13 Eliana January 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

I would have never thought of making tortillas in my panini maker but will certainly be giving this a try! And the guacamole looks incredible!

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14 Mindy February 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have tried making tortilla chips in the oven in the past with varied success…I need to break out the panini maker, apparently!

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