Although easy to make, authentic guacamole tends to be a hit no matter what it's served up with. It complements everything from nachos and fish to casseroles and salad, and it's usually the first to disappear at parties and potlucks. What's more is that guacamole is a delicious condiment that adds not only flavor and depth to dishes, but infuses them with extra nutrients too.
- 3 Ripe Hass Avocados
- 1 Roma Tomato Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Bunch Cilantro Finely Chopped
- 1/2 Onion Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 1 Jalape&241;o Seeded, Devined, and Chopped (Optional)
- Break each avocado in half gently cutting completely around the pit and putting the resulting two halves apart
- Prepare the avocados by smashing them into tiny chunks and until the mixture starts to get creamy using a mortar or fork
- Finely dice half an onion and put the pieces into a small bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes. Drain.
- Remove seeds and chop the tomato
- Remove the seeds and chop the jalapeño
- Chop the cilantro
- Add onion, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, fresh lime juice and salt to the avocado bowl
- Lightly mix everything together with a fork until ingredients combine
Choosing the Right Avocado for Guacamole
The trick to making delicious guacamole is choosing perfectly ripe avocados to work with. If they're not ripe enough, you'll miss out on a lot of flavor. If they're too ripe, the flavor can overwhelm the other ingredients in your guacamole. When choosing avocados in the store, pick them up and give them a light squeeze. The fruit should slightly give in to the pressure if they're ripe. Hard avocados aren't ready for eating yet, and those that feel mushy when you squeeze them are overripe.
If you can't find any ripe avocados, you'll need to plan ahead and bring some hard ones home to ripen on your counter for a few days before making your authentic guacamole. You can expedite the process by putting the avocados in a paper bag with a banana to ripen for a day or two.
How to Make Authentic Guacamole:
Here's what you'll need to make a batch of delicious authentic guacamole:
There are a couple techniques that can be used to prepare your avocados for this authentic guacamole recipe. First, you need to break each avocado in half by gently cutting completely around the pit and pulling the resulting two halves apart. Dispose of the pit and consider:
Making Guacamole with a Molcajete Mortar and Pestle
For a truly authentic look, texture, and flavor, make your guacamole in a Moclajete. Just place your avocado halves in the mortar and use the pestle to break them down into tiny chunks and until the mixture starts to get creamy.
Making Guacamole Using a Fork
If you don't have a Molcajete mortar and pestle, you can still create tasty guacamole with the help of a medium sized bowl and a simple fork. Just put your avocado halves in the bowl and start mushing them together with a fork until you create a creamy yet slightly chunky texture, just as you would in a mortar.
Now that your avocados are prepared, it's time to cut and add the rest of the ingredients to the mix:
Start by finely dicing half an onion and put the pieces into a small bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes. This will help maintain their crunchy texture and ensure that their flavor isn't too overwhelming.
While the onion soaks, you'll need to seed and chop your tomato and jalapeno. Cut your tomato and jalapeno in half lengthwise and use a small spoon to scoop out their seeds and membranes. Then, chop the remaining tomato and jalapeno halves up into small pieces and add them to your avocado bowl along with the soaked onion.
Finally, add your chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, and salt to the avocado bowl and lightly mix everything together with a fork until well combined. Taste the guacamole and adjust the flavor with extra salt and lime juice if necessary.
Serve your authentic guacamole right away, or cover it with plastic wrap and keep it fresh in the fridge for about a day.
Final Tips and Tricks:
If saving your guacamole for a later time, make sure the plastic wrap is pressed against the mixture to minimize browning.
Try customizing your guacamole by adding extra spices such as cumin to the mix.
Add corn and black beans to the guacamole to create a satisfying vegetarian taco and burrito filling.