If you ask any of my friends what I love most in this world, they will probably say guacamole.
I mean, who doesn’t love a rich, creamy, spicy, fresh, garlicky dip of amazing flavor?
And it is so quick and easy. I regularly whip up some guac for a weeknight dinner in just ten minutes while I’m finishing up the rest of the cooking (even easier if you cheat a little and use garlic and onion powder…I won’t tell).
Every time we have people over, I make guacamole. If I don’t, my friends wonder if I’m not feeling well. And I am always well enough to eat guac.
Have I made my point?
Anyway, like I said, this couldn’t be easier. You can make this while you are waiting for something else to cook. While it is always suggested to make guacamole at the last minute, I’ve found that it will be fine even as long as overnight if you press a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface before putting the lid on your tupperware. And if you have a little bit of brown on top, you can either scrape it off or just mix it in.
The best part of this recipe is how customizable it is. Out of onion? No problem. Want to add some fresh summer corn? Go for it. But here’s my basic gameplan for two avocados’ worth:
Mince one or two cloves of garlic. I like to turn this into a paste with a little Kosher salt by pressing with the flat of my chef’s knife (Thanks Rachel Ray for that tip!). Mince up about a quarter cup of onion (I like red) along with a tablespoon or two of fresh jalapeno. Chop up a quarter- to a half-cup of cilantro (my favorite!).
That’s it, you’re more than halfway done!
Next you will want to cut open and score your avocados. Aren’t they beautiful??
Scoop out the flesh with a large spoon, squeeze half a lime or so on top, and mash the crap out of it with a fork (or to your desired consistency). Add salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. In mere moments you have the most delicious Aztec Butter you’ve ever placed on your tongue.
I love to mix it up with different add-ins. Some of my favorites are mango guac and goat cheese guac (that’s right, you should try it). I can’t believe I haven’t made a chipotle guac yet (but I will soon!).
So add some guacamole to your next get-together — your friends and tastebuds will thank you.
What are your favorite guacamole flavors to make?