As a kid, I didn’t care for the lumpy green stuff that came on the side of my taco salad and fajitas at restaurants. Sadly, I am fairly certain I didn’t know what its contents were. Somewhere around age 18 (late, I know!), I realized I couldn’t remember what it tasted like. Thankfully, I was inspired to try it again because it’s been a tumultuous love affair ever since. And I’m pleased to say I’ve shared this unwavering love with many friends along the way. I’ve even been known to hold “Fiesta Day” at the office and bring my chopped ingredients, then slice and dice my avocados and mix on site.
Here’s my incredibly simple, now famous recipe:
4-5 ripe avocados
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small jalapeÃ±o pepper, finely chopped
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
2 tsp. coarse sea salt
optional: 1 tsp. garlic, finely minced or grated
- Cut avocados in large dice (I learned to do it this way) and place in bowl or molcajete (this was one of my favorite wedding registry items!).
- Add onion and pepper and stir. If using garlic, add now. Combine together until desired ratio of chunky to smooth.
- Add fresh cilantro and squeeze lime juice over the top of the ingredients; stir to combine.
- Add salt and give it a final stir. Serve and enjoy!
- If you don’t have a fresh hot pepper or if you just love Frank’s or Tabasco, add a few shakes! It gives it a hearty kick.
- Some people use lemons, rather than limes, and I even had guacamole with fresh lime and orange juice in San Antonio! You can definitely play around with your choice of citrus and you’ll see the rich flavor of the avocado is brightened by the different citrus fruits.
- If you like your guacamole really creamy and your ripe avocados aren’t enough, add 2 tbsp. sour cream to the end of the recipe.
- Some people like tomatoes in their guacamole, but my favorite way is the recipe above. If you’d like, add one small tomato, diced.
Give it a try! Guacamole makes a great party dip or football game treat. I make it a couple times a month with dinner — it is the perfect complement for everything from fish tacos to beef burritos to chicken fajitas.