Peas in guacamole?: New York Times Guacamole

Published: July 3, 2015

Peas in guacamole?: New York Times Guacamole, The Times on Wednesday posted to Twitter a pea-laden guacamole recipe that enraged the Internet, generated countless pea puns and drew the criticism of a sitting president.

Other responses ranged from expletive-filled rants on the sanctity of avocado-based dips to tweets that expressed worry about the personal safety of The Times’s food editor, Sam Sifton.

On Thursday, Mr. Sifton read just a few of the many responses The Times received on Twitter:

The Times’s food editor, Sam Sifton, reads a selection of Twitter responses to a recipe for guacamole with peas, including one from President Obama.

By Caitlin Prentke and Sam Sifton on Publish Date July 2, 2015.
But not everyone hated the idea. A few brave souls have done the unthinkable: They’ve tried it.

Many of the tasters who were willing to trade the virtual pitchforks for mortar-and-pestle molcajetes were journalists who dug past the angry headlines of colleagues across the Internet and did some reporting.

The food writer at The Indianapolis Star whipped up a batch of “peacamole” and was part of a film of her coworkers’ reactions.

I’m making the feared @nytimes pea guacamole so the @indystar newsroom can taste it. pic.twitter.com/wtZCMm1Dp4

– Liz Biro (@lizbiro) July 1, 2015
You probably will believe what happened next.

“Peas smeaz,” Liz Biro, the food writer said on Twitter. “They didn’t matter in guacamole after all.”

Amy Bartner, the Star’s digital engagement manager, had a message for everyone who sent an incensed tweet:

“It just tastes like guacamole,” Ms. Bartner said. “It’s just not that deep, Internet. Just not that deep.”

Megan Willett, a writer at Business Insider who dined at ABC Cocina, which helped popularize the recipe, recalled a recent experience when the guacamole that has caused the uproar was still a relatively unknown appetizer.

“The fresh sweetness of the peas, the nuttiness of the sunflower seeds, and the heat of the classic guacamole ingredients was refreshing,” Ms. Willet wrote.

The dish appears to be a hit among some of the Yelp users who have tasted ABC Cocina’s version.

“The guacamole was seriously one of the best I’ve ever tasted,” wrote one diner.

But another referred to it as “not something that’s out of this world extraordinary.”

The reviews are a far cry from some of the Twitter reactions that circulated on Wednesday.

All this anger about peas in guacamole is just distracting us from real issues like oxford commas, shorts on men, & the pronunciation of GIF

– Tim Carmody (@tcarmody) July 1, 2015
Peas in guacamole?! We fought two world wars and invented a space program so we could have this world? WTF.

– Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 1, 2015
Just because adding peas to your guacamole doesn’t taste bad, doesn’t mean you should do it. Have some respect for yourselves.

– Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) July 1, 2015
when u find peas in your guacamole @nytimes pic.twitter.com/6hJ0kux6mK

– darth!â„¢ (@darth) July 1, 2015
The debate over the recipe is sure to continue, inspiring songs of protest, Instagrams from ABC Cocina diners and tweets from the converted along the way. (Even the chef Jean-George Vongerichten, the owner of ABC Cocina, left a peaceful message on his Twitter account.) If you’re feeling adventurous, the recipe is here. Our readers have given it a five-star rating. You can also use #NYTCooking on Twitter to show your creation to The Times’s food team, who helped start this culinary chaos.

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