Simply Perfect Guacamole

Thursday May 10, 2012
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Yesterday I shared my secret to keeping guacamole green, and then I realized I didn’t even have my guacamole recipe posted!  Guac is easy to make, and there are lots of variations out there.  Here is how I make mine.

Tip:  the best places I’ve found for buying avocados are:

  • Trader Joe’s — typically a 4 pack is ~$3.50
  • H-Mart (or other asian market) — they often have them for $1/ea or sometimes less
  • Costco — I recently bought a 6 pack for $6

Simply Perfect Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium Hass avocados
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and chopped
    For more heat and flavor, try a habanero instead
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut up
  • juice from half of a lime — or 1/8th tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)

Steps:

Start with the avocados.  Slice them lengthwise and remove the pit.  Scoop them out with a spoon and lightly mash with a fork (a potato masher also works great).

Add the remaining ingredients — feel free to add more or less according to your taste.   Stir gently to combine.

If not serving right away, cover with plastic wrap — pressing it down into the guacamole to keep the air away.

If you eat Paleo, like me — serve with cut up veggies — bell peppers, celery, cucumbers and carrots all go great with guac.  If you are like the majority of America, serve with tortilla chips.

Yield:  this amount will feed my family of 5 (2 hungry adults, and 3 young kids with varying appetites).  If bringing to a larger gathering, I suggest doubling it.

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