Mexican avocado soup

Mexican avocado soup is the perfect meal for those who are banting.

By Bernard Preston

As you know this is the site for the busy person; healthy slow food, made fast, is our motto. Once you've got the ingredients together, it takes no more than fifteen minutes to rustle it up.

Make it hotter, or not at all, by adding more or less chili; fresh, if you have it in the garden, is always better. Just one jalapeno plant will give you an abundance of capaicin, the active anti inflammatory ingredient. Make sure you use the placenta; the white part where the good stuff is.

Fresh coriander is my favourite herb; but you could just as easily use parsley, for example. I hate being tied down by any recipe; use this one just to get you going and then add your own specialty.

This is a great recipe if you're banting, by the way; it's high in fat and, provided your carbohydrate is low, then you will lose weight. So, no delicious white rolls on the side; you might cheat a little with just a slice of our low GI bread; that's not fattening because it's baked using 100% wholemeal flour. 

Hass and Fuerte are my favourites, but just use whatever's in season. This is only for those lucky enough to have a tree in the garden.

Mexican avocado soup

You'll also need some cumin for this Mexican avocado soup recipe; use the powdered in the first instance, but if you're also into making hummus, your own seeds will be much nicer at a tenth of the price of the spice company.

Chicken bones bouillon

Making your own chicken bones bouillon is a part of the deal, unless you're a vegetarian; then a celery and carrot stock would be great.

Save up your chicken bones, freeze them and then, when you have a pile, boil them up for an hour; better still, ten minutes with the pressure cooker.

Incidentally, Harvard medical school is having great results with treating stubborn forms of inflammatory arthritis with a chicken bones extract. It's rich in the basic amino acids needed for regrowing damaged cartilage.

So, that's all you need; oh, you may want to garnish your Mexican avocado soup with a few thinly sliced wedges of sweet peppers; do your own thing. A cup of seafood like Alaskan snow crab legs or Dutch mussels would be delicious.

It would take a bit longer then, of course, but now it's not an hors d'oeuvre but a full meal. Actually, once you've washed and checked mussels or scallops it only takes five minutes to steam them.

If you find avocado a little bland, then an extra squeeze of lemon juice makes it just a little tart; not too much. A pinch of curry powder makes for a little variety.


  1. 1 roughly chopped onion.
  2. 1 or more cloves of garlic.
  3. 4 cups of diluted chicken stock.
  4. 2 ripe avocados, mashed.
  5. 1 quarter lemon, pulp and all. Get the pips out.
  6. 2 cups of cream.
  7. Quarter teaspoon ground cumin.
  8. Salt and pepper.
  9. Handful of chopped coriander.
  10. Garnish of paprika

Here are a few general thoughts for your perusal. Never fry using margarine or polyunsaturated oils. Butter is back, and should never have been sent to Coventry; coconut oil is great too.

Every garden in a mild climate should have a lemon tree. The golden fruit is very pretty, the flowers divinely scented, and almost every salad dish will be served with lemon or lime juice.

I never use lemon juice; but I cook with the whole pulp every day. Research shows that's where most of the goodies are.

Think about buying a packet of dirt cheap cumin seeds, gently roasting them, inhale deeply the wonderful aroma, and grinding them yourself; I store it under olive oil. It take less than five minutes from beginning to end. Then I keep it in the refrigerator to reduce any oxidation that may occur.

Coriander grows like a weed either from seed or young plants; it's called dhania in Indian cooking and cilantro in Mexico.

We enjoy it raw in our salads, rather like you would add parsley, but it's equally good cooked. Add a handful to your Mexican avocado soup.

Mexican avocado soup.

Set your stopwatch; this shouldn't take more than fifteen minutes. In a largish pot...

  • Gently fry the onion in butter for a few minutes. Add the garlic and continue for another thirty seconds.
  • Add your chicken bouillon, the mashed avocados and the lemon pulp. Simmer gently for five minutes.
  • Use a stick blender to get it smooth.
  • Add the cream, salt and pepper to taste, and then the cumin. 
  • Simmer for another five minutes.

  • Add your freshly chopped coriander.
  • Bring gently back to the boil for one minute.

  • Sprinkle with a garnish of paprika or, better still, finely chopped fresh chili or peppadew.
  • Enjoy hot or cold with low GI bread.

Growing coriander

Having a herb garden may seem like a lot of work to you, but coriander is really a weed. Just throw a few seeds in the ground and water them if the weather turns hot and dry; within a month of growing coriander you'll be having fresh cilantro, as the Spanish call it, in your salads and soups. It's an essential ingredient in your Mexican avocado soup.

Lutein and zeaxanthin

Half an avocado contains about 5% of two very important carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin that are selectively taken up by the macula in the eye; that's the part where fine discrimination and colour are detected.

These two phytochemicals absorbe the damaging high frequency light entering the eye; they also protect the lens against cataracts.

A deficiency causes premature aging and blindness affecting about 5 million unnecessarily. Read more about preventing age-related lutein macular degeneration.

A few useful links

Low GI bread is so easy to bake in your own kitchen. It takes me only five minutes to mix the ingredients; enjoy it fresh without all the garbage to bread these days.

You'll get some ideas from our What is cumin page; how to roast and grind in your own kitchen. It's dead easy.

Chicken bones bouillon is something you should be treating your aging joints to every week.

Banting diet

The Banting diet remains controversial for various reasons, but it is an effective way of losing weight.

Better is this Banting diet modified, and our Mexican avocado soup fits in perfectly if you are looking to lose a lot of pounds; only, for you, no more than half a slice of our low GI bread.

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