Easy Homemade Guacamole
Hey there, I have a delicious recipe for you today that’s always a hit – guacamole! This side dish is loved by everyone and is perfect for snacking on with some chips.
The first time I tried guacamole was at a summer BBQ party when I first arrived in the US. I was surprised by the green color of the dip and wasn’t sure if I would like it since avocados were new to me at the time. While I liked the texture, I found the taste to be too bland for my liking. But instead of giving up on it, I decided to make it at home and adjust the recipe to my taste.
After a little bit of experimenting, I was able to make the perfect bowl of guacamole that my husband and I loved so much, we decided to serve it to our friends at the next BBQ party. It was an instant hit and I received so many compliments. I later found out that the guacamole I had tried at the previous party was store-bought, which explained why it didn’t taste as good.
I believe that homemade guacamole is always better than store-bought, especially when it comes to entertaining guests. But of course, not everyone has the time or passion for cooking, and that’s perfectly fine. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish that’s sure to please, give this guacamole recipe a try!
Lets talk about the ingredients first.
First up, we’ve got the star of the show – Avocados! These bad boys are the source of all the good fats and omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs. Plus, they’re super versatile and can be used in everything from salads to smoothies.
But we can’t forget about the other major player in this recipe – Lime! This little citrus fruit packs a big punch with its tangy flavor that perfectly compliments the creamy texture of the avocados. And it’s not just about taste – lime also helps prevent those pesky avocados from turning black and ruining your guac game. You can use lemons here but I like guacamole to be more tangy so I use limes.
Now, let’s spice things up a bit with some jalapenos, onions, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper. These flavor boosters add some serious heat and complexity to the mix, taking your guac from good to great. Plus, they’ll make your breath smell like a dragon’s fiery breath – but in a good way, of course!
So there you have it, folks – the ingredients that make up the holy grail of side dishes.
Alright, amigos, let’s get to the guac-making! First things first, grab your ripened avocados and mash ’em up using a trusty masher. You can go for a smooth pulp or keep it chunky – it’s all up to your personal preference.
Once you’ve got your avocado mash ready, it’s time to add some flavor. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice, sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and mix it all up real good. I like to go with one lime per avocado, so for this recipe, we’re using three of each.
Now it’s time to bring in the big guns – the jalapenos, onions, garlic, and cilantro. Mix those babies in with the avocado and lime juice mixture until everything is well-combined and looking mighty fine.
Last but not least, it’s time to garnish that beautiful bowl of guac with some fresh cilantro. And voila! You’ve got yourself a side dish that’ll have everyone at the party coming back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths…).
I have some extra recipe tips for this guacamole which will make your guac special every time you make it:
- Use ripe avocados: Make sure your avocados are perfectly ripe before using them in the recipe. They should be slightly soft to the touch and give a little when pressed.
- Use fresh lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a bright and zesty flavor to the guacamole. Avoid using bottled lime juice if possible.
- Adjust the heat to your taste: If you like your guacamole spicy, go heavy on the jalapenos. If you prefer a milder flavor, use less jalapenos or remove the seeds and membranes.
- Let it chill: Guacamole tastes even better when it’s chilled for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and gives the dish a refreshing, cool texture.
- Experiment with toppings: While cilantro is a classic garnish for guacamole, you can also try adding diced tomatoes, crumbled queso fresco, or a sprinkle of smoked paprika for extra flavor and texture.
Its time for some commonly asked questions and answers about this guacamole recipe:
Q: Can I make guacamole ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make guacamole ahead of time. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge and add a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of the guacamole to prevent it from turning brown. It will last for up to 3 days in the fridge if stored properly.
Q: Can I freeze guacamole?
A: While you can freeze guacamole, it may change in texture and flavor once thawed. If you do decide to freeze it, make sure to store it in an airtight container and leave a little room at the top for expansion.
Q: How can I make guacamole less spicy?
A: To make guacamole less spicy, use fewer jalapenos or remove the seeds and membranes, which are the spiciest parts of the pepper.
Q: Can I add other ingredients to guacamole?
A: Absolutely! Guacamole is a versatile dish, and you can experiment with different ingredients like diced tomatoes, corn, or black beans to add some extra flavor and texture. Just be sure not to overwhelm the dish with too many additional ingredients.
Q: What should I serve with guacamole?
A: Guacamole pairs well with tortilla chips, but you can also serve it with raw veggies like sliced bell peppers or carrots for a healthier option. It can also be used as a topping for tacos, burritos, or salads.
Easy Homemade Guacamole recipe
- 3 avocados
- 1 Jalapeno chopped
- 1 white onion chopped
- 3 limes squeezed
- 2 garlic cloves pressed
- 1 tsp salt or as per your taste
- 1 tsp pepper or as per your taste
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- In a mixing bowl, mash the avocados with the masher to your liking.
- Squeeze the lime juice, and add salt and pepper to the mashed avocados. Mix well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Chill and serve!