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Xbox Presents: The Guaca-Rumble at Taco Madness! Guerrilla Tacos vs. La Venganza

2:36 PM PDT on April 26, 2018

    [dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]hat’s better than a handful of bomb tacos and celebrating with friends on a beautiful Cinco de Mayo Saturday overlooking downtown Los Angeles? How about also watching two of California’s heaviest taco hitters duke it out to see whose guacamole is the best!

    Thanks to our friends over at Xbox, L.A.’s taco golden boy Wes Avila of the one and only Guerrilla Tacos will be testing his fine dining skills against the plant-based vegan phenom, Raul Medina of La Venganza Taqueria.

    Avila, a self-professed fan of the Halo franchise, will be bringing his refined take on guacamole. His recipe borrows some flavors from southeast Asia with the addition of fish sauce and baby dried shrimp for that maximum flavor bomb. Wes’ background as both a fine-dining chef, and a taco truck pioneer should serve him well.

    Wes Avila's Guacamole

    Meanwhile, Medina, who calls himself an old-school gamer who prefers platformers that harken back to the golden age of console gaming, will be retaliating with a somewhat runnier guacamole that is an ode to Olvera Street’s famed salsa that smothers the taquitos that dominate the birthplace of the LA taco scene. Medina’s plant-based approach to tacos sets him apart from nearly every other lauded taquero in Los Angeles, so his fluency in fruit should give him insights into how to create a simple, yet killer, dish.

    Raul Medina's inspiration
    Raul Medina's inspiration

    Who’s guac is better? Head to the Xbox Lounge and sample both to find out! The taste-test is open to VIPs on a first-come, first-served basis. And while you’re making your decision, play Overcooked, a chaotic couch co-op cooking game that will be added in May to the over 100 games available in the Xbox Game Pass library.

    In the Xbox Lounge, you’ll also be able to get hands on with other Xbox Game Pass titles, including Gears of War 4, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, and of course, Guacamelee. Everyone who stops by will also receive one free month of Xbox Game Pass. If you’re unable to join us at the Taco Madness event, we’ve got you covered, too. From April 26 to May 8, new Xbox Game Pass members can take advantage of a special, limited-time introductory offer and get the first month of Xbox Game Pass for just $1! That’s unlimited access to over 100 great games and new Xbox Exclusives for just $1 as part of the Endless Play sale.

    With unlimited access to over 100 great games available for one low monthly price, including highly anticipated new Xbox exclusives, plus more games added every month – Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.

    For all the latest Xbox news, stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

    Want to make these guacs at home? Here are the recipes, straight from the chefs.

    Wesley Avila’s Xbox Guac

    4 limes juiced
    1 Serrano chile sliced thin
    2 cloves garlic sliced thin
    1/4 cup fish sauce
    1 tbsp sugar
    1 1/2 cup baby dry shrimp
    1 red onion sliced julienne
    2 cups water
    1 cup red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon of  Pickling spice


    Mix all ingredients except shrimp. Strain liquid and pour over shrimp. With a spoon mix liquid with shrimp set aside

    In 2 qt pan heat up water, vinegar. Bring to a simmer, add sugar and pickling spices. Remove from heat and pour over red onions
    Set aside for later use

    Salt to taste
    Flowering cilantro

    La Venganza’s Classic
    2 avocados

    1 Roma tomato seedless

    1 roasted tomatillo

    2 roasted Chile güeros, minced

    1/2 onion, minced

    2 cloves roasted garlic

    1 tsp Olive oil

    1/3 bunch of cilantro



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