Guacamole

I totally wrote this post the afternoon before we left town (last week!) and never scheduled it to post. What a total fail on my part. But…better late than never, I suppose!

While everyone else is sharing their favorite Valentine’s Day recipes, here I am presenting you with what could probably be considered the most un-Valentine’s treat ever. But let’s face it…Super Bowl was a mere four days ago, so I have a good excuse to post one of my favorite snacks of all time.

I’m pretty picky about my guacamole. It has to be just the right consistency, contain more than just avocados and have lots of flavor and a little hint of heat. I had a crazy craving for guacamole a few weeks ago, so I whipped up a quick batch for a little girls night get-together I was having. The entire batch was gone the next day. Since then, guacamole has pretty much been a staple in our house. It’s so simple to throw together and makes a great meal snack.

Guacamole

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Here’s what you’ll need:
Makes: about 2 cups
- 5 or 6 ripe avocados, pit removed and scooped out of the skin
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
- about 1/2 of a red onion, finely diced
- 2 small serrano peppers, finely minced (the seeds can be removed if you prefer)
- salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- cayenne or chili powder
- a handful of cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
*adjust all of the ingredients to your liking, especially the seasonings and spices

Instructions:
In a medium mixing bowl, mash up the avocados to a reasonably smooth consistency using a fork or potato masher. Immediately mix in the lime juice so the avocados don’t turn brown. Stir in the tomatoes, onions and serrano peppers (you may not use the full amount of these ingredients, so I would suggest adding only a portion of each) until you achieve a consistency and flavor you like. Finally, mix in all of the seasonings, spices and cilantro to give the guacamole its delicious flavor. I don’t typically use exact amounts here, but I season pretty heavily with salt and garlic powder.

Guacamole

The Perfect Guacamole

Pretty simple, right? You really can’t go wrong with a good guacamole…it’s almost always a crowd pleaser, plus it’s real easy to prepare and not entirely bad for you! Well, unless you eat the whole batch in less than 24 hours. I love the texture the tomatoes and onions give in this recipe, it helps break up the creamyness of the mashed avocados. The salt really brings out the flavor of the avocados and the garlic powder adds a great depth of flavor. The cayenne gives everything that last little kick of heat and smokeyness. I’m not a huge fan of cilantro, but it really does finish out the flavors in this application — without it, the guacamole just isn’t the same.

This guacamole is perfect on it’s own with a bag of tortilla chips, but it also works great on tacos or fajitas. I bet it would even be good slathered on a burger or sandwich.

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14 Comments

  1. I absolutely love avocados! and guacamole! they are my favorite. too bad my husband HATES them.
    sometimes when i’m really lazy, i make guac quesadillas – layer cheese & guacamole on a tortilla, fold in half, and toast in the toaster oven. it’s a great lunch.

  2. We love nachos on Friday nights while we watch movies. Wish we had some of your guacamole!

  3. I had a Cinco de Mayo-themed birthday party last year, and the guacamole was gone in about 12 seconds. It’s the perfect party snack. Yours looks fantastic!

  4. You are never too late to make (or post) guacamole. Want to know how much I love avocados? I’m allergic. A few bites of this would guarantee horrible stomach cramps for hours afterward….but I’d still eat it. That’s how much <3

  5. I love guacamole, and yours looks indeed perfect! I love it so much that I have recently made homemade tortillas, totally worth the extra work. If you want to check it out: http://testadoprovadoeaprovado.blogspot.com/2010/11/guacamole-and-homemade-tortillas.html

  6. Your photos is simply amazing! Beautiful colors.
    I am always up for a good guac!

  7. Major LOVE! Your guacamole looks soooo scrumptious! It would go well with my salsa picante :-) http://bit.ly/eJss41

  8. I love guac and could TOTALLY eat it as a meal. This sounds like a great recipe for it!

  9. A good guacamole can make any party or dinner great! Ryan is the guacamole king at our house. Not only does he make killer guac, but he also eats more guac than anyone I know! I want to surprise him with a new recipe…and this is it! Thank you for sharing tonight! I hope you have a great Monday, my friend.

  10. I love guacamole, specially the spicy ones. It’s a delicious way to start any party.

  11. Stephanie, this guacamole looks wonderful! My god – that color! It’s just begging me to stick a chip through my screen right into it. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ll have to try it soon. :)

  12. We love guacamole, and eat it often! I love to put pomegranate seeds in it. It gives it little pops of sweet juiciness!

  13. I am loving the summer recipes! Keep them coming, it gets me excited for good weather and summer food.

  14. This looks yummy! And refreshing.

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