This guacamole is smooth with little chunks of avocado mixed throughout with a hint of heat from the cayenne, robust flavor from the garlic and crunch from the onion. It’s so delicious that it’s worthy of a Super Bowl dip.
Here’s what I learned during my first trial of this guac: Never, ever think that a semi-ripe avocado is just as good as a ripe one. It’s NOT. You won’t be able to mash it. The food processor won’t help either. It will only turn it into tiny, hard pieces.
Here’s how to avoid my mistake and know when an avocado is ripe: Gently squeeze it in your hand. The fruit should be firm, but yield with gentle pressure.
The California Avocado Commission states,”Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.”
Ah, so there you go. Pocket those stats the next time you need to convince yourself or others about your frequent trips to the guac bowl. You’ll be prepared for the nosy question of, “You’re having more?” To which you’ll reply, “Yes, I am. And you’ll watch me lick the bowl clean, thankyouverymuch.”
- 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
- 5 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes, lightly squeezed (I used quartered grape tomatoes)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional if you like spice)
- Mash the avocados using the back of a fork or with a potato masher, leaving some chunks of avocado.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients – lime juice, salt, pepper, cayenne, onion, tomatoes and garlic.
- Taste test – add more salt, pepper or cayenne (if you want it hotter) to your liking (optional: throw a dash or two of hot sauce into the guacamole or chopped jalapeno).
- Serve with tortilla chips or veggies.
- If you like creamier guacamole, just add more lime juice and stir well.