Guacamole is one food that I slowly came to appreciate over time; I avoided it for many years and I’m not sure why. Obviously it’s delicious with tortilla chips, but it is actually very versatile. After I made this recipe for the blog I put a big spoonful onto a cheese omelette and it was delicious. I have plans to use the rest on some salsa chicken salad. If you’re not a spicy food fan, you can tailor the amount of heat to your personal preference – I could have even used some hot sauce or a spicier pepper as I tend to like things hot.
I started by slicing open 2 Haas avocados, removing the pits and scooping the avocado flesh into a bowl. It’s important to use ripe avocados when making guacamole. Since I’m still relatively new to the avocado world, sometimes it’s been hit or miss with picking nearly ripe fruits 2 days before I plan on using them, but luckily these were both perfect. Next I diced 1/4 of a medium red onion (about 1/3 cup) and chopped 1 fresh jalapeno after removing the seeds. I really like the flavor and crunch of red onion in my guacamole, but if you want you can use less.
Before adding the onion and jalapeno to the avocado I used a fork to begin to break up the avocado pieces and smashed them together to form a guacamole texture. I added the diced veggies, rolled the lime to make it easier to squeeze out the juice then added about 1 tablespoon while continuing to smash the avocados until I ended at my desired consistency. I like a chunky guac rather than perfectly smooth, but if you don’t have the patience to do it by hand or want a smoother texture you could put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined to your desired consistency.
I sprinkled a little sea salt on top and finished with a final squeeze of lime. The lime juice is important as the acidity prevents the avocado from immediately turning brown. Still, fresh guacamole will probably only keep 1-2 days in the fridge, so don’t feel bad if you inhale this rather quickly.
What is your favorite way to eat guacamole? Let me know in the comments below!