Guacamole is a pre-Hispanic dish as much a part of Mesoamerican tradition as it is a staple for Angelenos and a required side dish at any major sporting event in the U.S. The Nahuatl word for avocado is ahuacatl, which translates to testicle, a name given to the unique fruit for obvious reasons.
Speaking of low-hanging fruit, it takes some cojones to leak an artist’s rider, like The Oklahoma Daily did to rock star Jack White, who’s headlining Coachella this year. In addition to financial details, lighting requirements, and directions aimed at preserving White’s privacy, the leaked rider revealed a detailed recipe for something highly coveted by White and his crew: chunky guacamole. Apparently, the Seven Nation Army musician is smart enough to avoid seven-layer dip.
Having myself performed with artists such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Colin Hay, Bobby Caldwell, Slash’s Snakepit, Marisela, Khaled, and Bryan Adams, I can say that a rider is standard and designed to provide comfort and hospitality to artists and their crew, lessening the hard life on the road away from home and family. Not to mention, life on the road affords little time for a sit-down meal, so that chunky guacamole might be the only thing the band and crew have time for until the show is over.
White’s guacamole recipe calls for:
- 8 large, ripe Haas avocados (Cut in half the long way, remove the pit—SAVE THE PIT THOUGH—and dice into large cubes with a butter knife. 3 or 4 slits down, 3 or 4 across. You’ll scoop out the chunks with a spoon, careful to main the avocado in fairly large chunks.)
- 4 vine-ripened tomatoes (diced)
- ½ yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 1 full bunch cilantro (chopped)
- 4 Serrano peppers (de-veined and chopped)
- 1 lime
- Salt & pepper to taste
The directions require the venue to carefully mix the ingredients (because White wants it “chunky”), preserve the color and freshness, and time the prep so the guacamole goes on at 5 p.m., sharp. That would be when the crew is taking a break, something White’s management explained in defense of the “High Ball Stepper” singer—headliners don’t hang out at the venue three to four hours before the show, ever. As for the recipe, it’s extremely sound except for the odd choice of yellow onion, which is much more aggressive than the standard white onion, or the Food Network-style recipes with red onion, but chunky guacamole is proper form—maybe this is the start of another career for Jack White.