Guacamole

November 6, 2009 · 10 comments

in appetizers,dairy-free,mexican/tex-mex

Ah, the avocado.  Just one more of those foods I didn’t used to like.  What was I thinking!? Smooth, buttery avocado goes on nearly everything from sandwiches to adorning your favorite enchiladas.  But, for me, the best application of the avocado is the most famous–guacamole.

I re-tried avocados (well, guacamole) relatively recently.  A few years  back I was in Whole Foods and they had samples of chips and guacamole.  So I tried some.  And then I tried some more.  I couldn’t believe how much I loved it.  And for the record, I still think Whole Foods makes some delicious guacamole.

Guacamole is ridiculously easy & quick to make, as long as your avocado is ripe.  (If you want your avocados to ripen a little more quickly, put them in a paper bag at room temp.)  I personally prefer a chunky guacamole with tomatoes in it, but of course you can omit those from the recipe below if you are one of those crazy tomato-haters! :) This doesn’t make a huge batch of guacamole so if you’re trying to serve more than a few people, you should definitely double it.  We used it to top some Tex-Mex burgers (in place of the chipotle ketchup) and it was a good amount for 4 burgers (or 2 burgers with a little left over for some tortilla chips).

Guacamole

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1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup minced onion (preferably red but use what you have)
1/2 – 1  jalapeño (depending how spicy you want it), seeds and ribs removed, minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup seeded and diced tomatoes
juice of half a lime
salt and pepper

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit (I like to whap my knife against it and then pull it right out).  Scoop the avocado out and into a bowl.  Mash it with a fork and then add the onion, jalapeño, and garlic and mash a little more (to your desired consistency).  Stir in the cilantro, tomatoes, lime, and salt and pepper to taste.

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Ivy November 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

Love guacamole!!

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Ivy November 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

Love guacamole!!

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Niki November 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

OMG, do I LOVE guac! I kinda wanna jump through the screen and eat this right now, even though I am stuffed from lunch. I can never get enough guac!

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Elizabeth November 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I love guacamole, I haven’t ever try to make some though…
I think I will now! Thanks for the recipe…

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Kerstin November 6, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Great, not I’m craving guac :) I like it chunky with tomatoes too!

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small kitchen tables November 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I like avocados especially with milk! But,guacamole is also something I crave for every time there are ripe avocados in the market!

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Erin November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I have always thought anyone who dislikes avocados is slightly crazy, so I’m glad you’ve come around ;) For future reference, the HarvesTime guac is also quite tasty!

I tend to just make up guacamole depending what I have in the kitchen, but I standard recipe like this would really help me to be consistent. On top of those burgers sounds especially awesome!

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Ashley November 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I love love love guac! I always add some ground cumin (to taste) to it, very yummy, and it’s a hit- my guac is famous amongst my friends :)

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Ashley November 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I love love love guac! I always add some ground cumin (to taste) to it, very yummy, and it’s a hit- my guac is famous amongst my friends :)

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