Guacamole is a delicious dip whose origins go back to the Aztecs in pre-Euroinvasion Mexico. It’s made primarily of avocados and is a tasty alternative to more fattening dips such as ranch. The best thing about guacamole (besides the taste) is that it’s incredibly easy to make!
The most important ingredient of guacamole is the avocados. Make sure to pick ripe fruits that are not too firm, but not too soft. If you apply pressure to the outside of the avocado, it should have a little bit of give. If it has none, it’s not ripe enough and should be left on the shelf.
To make between two and four servings of guacamole, you’ll need:
- 2 ripe avocados (pitted and peeled)
- 1/2 of a red onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cilantro (finely chopped)
You can also include a minced serrano pepper if that is to your liking.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients prepared, put your avocados in a mixing bowl and begin mashing them with a fork. Be careful to not mash them too much, because good guacamole has a slight bit of chunkiness to it. Slowly add the rest of your ingredients to the mixture and continue mixing until they’re well blended. It’s that easy!
If you are not going to serve it right away, refrigerate the mixture and cover it to prevent oxidation. Otherwise, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy this symphony of flavors composed through the wisdom of the Aztecs.
I based my recipe on Elise Bauer’s guacamole recipe.