Guacamole is one of my favourite condiments; on rare occasions that I get to patronise Mexican eateries, it is always part of my order. I started making it at home seeing that it is not very often I come across Latin restaurants on this side of town.
If you don’t enjoy eating avocado as is, guacamole is a good way to enjoy it. It’s a very simple dish with a delightful taste. I enjoy having my homemade guacamole with fresh or toast bread (almost like a sandwich), with plantain chips, and the usual Latin staples such as tortilla chips and nachos.
The simplest version of guacamole is just mashed avocados with salt. Don’t let the lack of of other ingredients stop you from making guacamole.
I hope you enjoy making this simple guacamole recipe and share your feedback.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- A dash of freshly grated black pepper
- 1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice
- 2 to 4 tbsp of minced onion
- 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped, optional
- 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
- Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Score the inside of the avocado with a blunt knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a bowl.
- Mash the avocado with a fork. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.)
- Add the salt, black pepper, and lime or lemon juice (The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown); then add the chopped onion and cilantro. Remember to adjust the ingredients to your liking; no two recipes taste exactly the same.
- Cover with plastic to prevent air from reaching it and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Air will cause the avocado to brown much faster)
Serve with plantain chips, nachos, tortilla chips etc. and use as a sandwich spread.
THINGS TO NOTE
- Chilling tomatoes affects their flavor, so if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.
- You can add almost anything to your guacamole; from hot peppers to diced mango and pineapple; whatever tickles your taste buds.