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Daddy Donkey and A Tale of Two Guacamole


One of the things I really appreciate about my job is I can take a full lunch hour - none of this dining al desko nonsense. Of course, this means I usually end up buying something stupid. My favourite place to buy stupid things is Leather Lane.

There's the French Rasta who sells fab leather bags, the two pashminas for a fiver stall, the bookseller where I got Tender for a tenner, the snack stall where I found some Bible Bread, and the Age Concern which always throws up gems - last time I was there I found a tanuki. A tanuki!

Said tanuki

There's also some great street food on Leather Lane, like the little Thai stand, the baked potato dealer and the Curry Hut.

The most renowned of them all is of course Daddy Donkey, the burrito people. I've been aware of them since 2005 when I first started working in the area and they were still a baby Donkey - just a tiny stand run by a guy called Joel. Somehow though I never got round to partaking of their fare.


So it was kinda weird to see how the queues got longer and longer and longer until one day suddenly there was a Daddy Donkey Winnebago with about six people hectically serving the clamouring crowds. Even madder, they started to sell their own branded T-shirts (personally I'd quite like a jute bag. Joel, make it so). They even have their own Facebook group.

Finally, finally I gave in and went with a couple of like-minded souls to try my very first Daddy Donkey burrito. There was chicken, carnitas, chile, steak and shredded tomatillo beef (there was also a veggie option but that seemed to be missing the point). I always go for the pig, so I asked for carnitas, extra hot with the works. "Want guacamole? It's extra" asked the Daddy Donkey dude, and I thought what the hey and went for it.


The burrito was immense - a huge flour tortilla packed with tonnes of pork, lettuce, rice, black beans, spicy salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole. Turns out I'd been missing out for all these years - it was the dog's proverbial and that guacamole was the icing on the cake. My only quibble, which I expect no-one else shares, is that the buggers are too big - I would gladly, gladly buy a half portion a la Pret's slim sandwiches (Joel, make it so).

Anyway, the cult of Daddy Donkey has now reached a wider audience, as Joel and his team were featured on Market Kitchen on Monday making Daddy Donkey's Ultimate Guacamole. The recipe can be found on the official Daddy Donkey blog here and so I had a go at making it myself and was pleased to find that it tasted the same as the stuff I had served up to me in that mega burrito, which I guess proves that it's made fresh everyday.

Though the Ultimate Guacamole is great, I was challenged by Daddy Donkey to come up with my own spin on their recipe and couldn't resist.

Personally I like a bit more kick, so this time I tossed in some smoked paprika and red chilli instead of the pickled jalapeno. I also wanted some sweetness to balance out the astringency of the lime juice, so in went some beetroot.


Meemalee's Beetroot Guacamole
  • 4 medium soft Hass avocadoes
  • 1 medium minced red onion
  • 2 medium raw beetroot
  • 1 medium red chilli (remove the seeds if you're a wuss)
  • Juice from 1/2 soft medium lime
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Top and tail the beetroot and then slice into wedges. Place in a baking tray, grind salt and pepper to taste and drizzle the olive oil over the wedges and toss.

Roast the beetroot at 200C for 15 minutes and then leave to cool.

Finally, dice the wedges into small chunks.


Cut the avocadoes in half and deseed, and then -

If you have a pestle and mortar: scoop the flesh out with a metal spoon into a mortar and mash roughly with the pestle. Scrape the avocado mush into a mixing bowl.

If you have a stick blender
: scoop the flesh out with a metal spoon into a mixing bowl and blitz until you have a rough pulp.

Stir the beetroot chunks into the avocado mush along with all the other ingredients.

Cover and chill in the fridge for an hour before serving.


Unlike Daddy Donkey's Ultimate offering, my beetroot version is ugly as sin, because rather stupidly it didn't occur to me that the beetroot would bleed red throughout the lovely green of the avocado.

No matter, it still tastes bloody brilliant. And goes rather well with nachos.



The Ample Cook said…
Oooh yes.

You rock Mimi.
The Grubworm said…
Something else i can do with beetroot. It seems the red devil goes well with all manner of dips, i have my beady eye on a beetroot and walnut 'hummus' from Hugh F-W....

The guacamole looks great btw, if i could bring myself to handle avocados (something about the texture: brains/liver/tripe - fine, avocado... *shudder*) I would definitely make it.
meemalee said…
@The Ample Cook - So do you, Jan x

@The Grubworm - "The red devil" - I like that :)

I have only one food handling phobia and that's squid.
chumbles said…
Another brill post, although a lot of Mexican food leaves me cold, the three things I most associate with that cuisine would I find it very hard to live without (avocados, chilli and chocolate). But I hate refried beans with an absolute passion and I am not keen on corn products!

The combination of beetroot and avocado sounds fascinating - I might even pinch that and pretend I made it up (only joking)! And it so doesn't look ugly to my warped mind, rather tasty, in fact.

As for handling food, the only thing I've found so far that I have a problem with is brains; irrational rather than textural!
meemalee said…
@chumbles - I sometimes find it hard to differentiate between eg burritos, enchilados, fajitas etc. I know Ozzy Osbourne is vey fond of the first one :)
Jones said…
I love beetroot but it always looks like Jack the Ripper's been through my kitchen by the time I've finished with them. I used to live at the bottom end of Leather Lane, I'm so with you on the buying-stupid-things!
S said…
tee hee, al desko. i love it,i cant get over it, i shall use that word now, "Boss, none of this al desko rubbish. I must eat out." OK, jokes aside, brill idea about using beetroot, I would have never come up with it on my own. Looks lovely. x shayma
meemalee said…
@Jones - That's part of the thrill. Anyway, you didn't see what my husband did to our kitchen when we made our horror film

Yeah, Leather Lane rocks

@shayma - I was really surprised when I googled it to find no-one else seems to have tried beetroot guacamole before! M x