I have eaten a lot of Guacamole in my life and I actually HAVE met a Guacamole I did not like before. There are a couple of simple rules you should follow when making Guac:
- Easy on the salt. I want to taste that buttery richness of the avocados, if you add too much salt, it masks the taste of all the other ingredients.
- Citrus is your friend. Avocados, if cut and left on their own will start to oxidize and turn brown. You need the acid in lemons or preferably limes, to balance to prevent that oxidization.
- There is no wrong way to make Guac. I tend to be a purest when it comes to what I put in my Guacamole but you can also add anything you like such as bacon, blue cheese, dried cranberries, lobster or peppers just to name a few add-ins.
2-3 Ripe Avocados
1/2 Small white or red onion, diced into small pieces
2 Large cloves of garlic, minced
1 Small Tomato, or 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro or Parsley, taken off the stems and roughly
Juice of 1-2 Limes
Salt and Pepper to Taste
What you will need:
Medium size, wide bottomed; it is easier to mash up the avocados in a wide bottomed bowl then one that has a small surface area.
Tortilla Chips, for eating your delicious Guac!
Cut your avocados in half, remove the pit and score the meat of the avocado. Then with a spoon, dig out the meat of the avocado, scraping along the inside of the avocado casing so you get all the dark green stuff (the dark green stuff is the most nutritious.
Next you want to juice your limes (or lemons) over the cubes of avocado and start smashing them with your potato masher. This does two things:
- It allows the juice from your citrus to coat and be absorbed my the avocado meat more evenly, preventing oxidization
- It breaks up the avocado so you start to get a smoother consistency
Personally I like my Guac a bit chunky, so I leave some of the avocado bits kind of still in tact. Also, unless you want a super smooth, no chunk guacamole, you want to leave some of the pieces in tact before you add the rest of your ingredients. As you mix in the rest of your ingredients, your avocados will continue to break down and become less chunky.
Next add your diced onions, minced garlic, chopped cilantro and diced tomatoes and mix it all together with a spoon. Add salt and pepper, mix and taste it!