It seems as though everything today is `guacamole`- just check out all the restaurant and fast-food ads on TV today…
I love Guacamole, so now it`s my turn to take an existing recipe, give it a twist, and use it for my nachos and of course on the BBQ hamburgers. Enjoy!
NOTE: I recommend using 1/2 or 1/3 for use with one meal (the full recipe makes a good, large bowl size serving…)
- 6 avocados (soft, but not mushy)
- 2 -4 garlic cloves, minced (depends on how much you like garlic)
- 1 lime, cut in half
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1/2 medium onion, diced (vadalia preferred)
- chopped cilantro (optional)
- 1 diced jalapeno peppers (optional) or 1 diced serrano pepper (optional) – I also like to use a spice here, like my homemade hot peppers (made from dried jalapenos), red pepper or similar. It is good to add a `solid`here, so that you have the chunks in the guacamole – so if you a spice for the heat, add a bell pepper for texture.
- Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and spoon avocado into a mixing bowl. To learn how to do this, see below.
- Add minced garlic and squeeze the juice from one-half of the lime into the bowl of avocado.
- Mash the ingredients together to desired consistency using the back of a large spoon or a potato masher (some like the avocado chunky, some like it smoother).
- Fold in diced tomato and diced onion, a couple pinches of salt, and the juice from the remaining lime half (Also add cilantro or peppers at this time).
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
- Uncover and taste.
- Add salt as needed.
- If you don’t give the resulting guacamole at least 4 stars, then you ain’t making it right.
- NOTE: The purpose of the lime is to allow any leftover guacamole to retain its “avocado” color as it sits in the fridge.
- Some folks use lemon, but it’s been my experience that if you accidentally add too much lemon, it seriously affects the guacamole’s flavor; if you happen to add too much lime, the guacamole just gets a little more tangy.
- If you find the leftover guacamole has darkened, simply stir it before eating and use more fresh lime juice next time.
- Wholly guacamole may be used as a topper with tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, etc.
- However, some say it is at its best with a bowl of warm tortilla chips and an ice cold beer.
Selecting and Preparing an Avocado: