Using fresh ingredients prepared well, this recipe for my favorite homemade guacamole is the perfect summer appetizer, snack or side dish that will have you and your guests coming back for more.
Why is this my favorite homemade guacamole?
Where I come from (north Texas) what makes a guacamole great is very much a personal matter.
Some like it silky smooth, others prefer a chunkier dip. Some people like it filled with garlic, onions and tomatoes, while for others simply salt, pepper and lime make it perfect.
I personally love a medium mash with lots of zesty flavor coming from lime, onion, Roma tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno and of garlic. Which is exactly what you will get with this recipe!
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- Avocado: When searching for the perfect guacamole avocado you want to make sure that it is not too firm, but not overly ripe either. Feel around for avocados that have a little give, but doesn't crush.
- Onion: I highly recommend using white onion for this recipe because they are a little milder. Red will also work though, and you can use yellow in a pinch.
- Tomato: I like using 1 finely diced Roma tomato in my guacamole because they aren't as watery or seedy as some other varieties. But you can use your tomato of choice.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic is always best! I know those little jars of pre minced garlic are tempting time savers but I have never gotten the same flavor as using freshly crushed garlic. I promise it makes a difference!
- Jalapeno: If you want a spicier guacamole you can leave the seeds in or even add an extra jalapeno. For a more mild flavor remove the seeds or leave out altogether.
- Limes: Fresh lime juice adds a great zing and also helps preserve color!
- Cilantro: In my opinion fresh cilantro is essential to great guacamole. However, I do realize that this is not an herb that appeals to everyone. If you are one of those rare cilantro haters feel free to omit and add some chopped parsley for freshness.
- Salt & Pepper: Proper seasoning is critical to a great guacamole. Be sure to taste your food. If you feel like something's missing, it's most likely salt. Add a little more and then see what you think.
How to remove the avocado pit.
I know that it has become widely popular to use a sharp knife to remove the pit from the avocado. But, especially for guacamole, I really don't recommend this.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard about people accidentally cutting themselves using this method, sometimes resulting in an ER visit!
You're going to mash it all up anyways so why take the risk? Just use a spoon to scoop it out and move ahead!
Tip: If you feel like something's missing...add salt.
The ability to properly season food is the true mark of a great home cook! And the good is news is that it's incredibly easy to do!
Simply taste your food! If you feel like something is missing it's usually one of two things, salt or acid.
Everyone has a different when it comes to guacamole so after you've mixed your ingredients give it a taste and add salt and additional lime juice as needed.
Dietary and Lifestyle Information
Guacamole works on so much more than just tortilla chips!
Simply serve with sliced veggies or on lettuce wraps to up the flavor and nutrients!
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My Favorite Homemade Guacamole
- mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cutting board and knife
- 1 small white onion, minced about ⅓rd cup
- 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced
- 1 small Roma tomato, finely diced
- 3-4 small limes, juiced about 1-2 tbsp
- 2 large avocados about 4 small avocados
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- salt & pepper
- In a bowl, add onion, garlic and tomato. Squeeze in the juice of 3-4 small limes (1-2 tbsp) and ½ tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper. Mix to combine and allow to marinate 2-3 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
- Slice your avocados in half and carefully remove the pits. Take a large spoon and place it between the flesh of the avocado and outer peel. Scoop out the flesh and add to the bowl with the onions, garlic, tomato.Use a fork to gently mash the avocado into the other ingredients. Add jalapeno and cilantro and mix to combine until your desired texture is reached.
- Taste the guacamole and add additional salt & pepper (very important) or lime juice if desired.Serve with tortilla chips, sliced veggies, on sandwiches or however you like it! Enjoy!