If you've ever spent much time around me, you know I am head over heels in love with avocados. Thus, I strongly believe that guacamole is simply the most delicious chip topper ever! (I know there is a very vocal contingent of avocado haters out there - please don't rain on my parade. Just give me all your guacamole when we go out for Tex-Mex together!) Don't get me wrong, I love a good salsa as much as the next girl but in an either-or situation, I will choose the green goo any day.
And truthfully? I'm such an avocado lover that my favorite "guacamole" is simply mashed avocado with a bit of salt. But that doesn't make for much of a recipe now, does it? I have made guacamole many, many times since I first discovered the humble avocado. And I don't think any two batches were exactly the same. So this recipe is going to be more of a loose guideline than a strict blueprint for guacamole goodness.
- ripe avocados
- lime juice
- finely diced onion
- chopped fresh tomato
- finely diced fresh jalapeños
- finely minced garlic
- fresh cilantro
Peel and pit the avocados, taking care to use only perfectly ripe ones. Underripe avocados will only frustrate your mashing efforts and make a bland, flavorless concoction. Place them in a bowl and mash coarsely with a fork to desired consistency. Add small amounts of the remaining ingredients, tasting as you go. I regard them all as optional, except the salt, but I almost always include the diced onion and lime juice. For a two-avocado bowl of guacamole, I would say you won't need more than a few tablespoons (generally less) of any one ingredient, with the possible exception of the tomatoes, should you choose to include them. Just start with a small amount of each thing and keep adding until you like it! Serve with freshly made tortilla chips for a real treat!
I will be in Maine for the next week, and not entirely sure what my internet situation will be, so if I don't post for a while, never fear! I will be back. Also, if any of my
adoring fans readers are in the Portland area and/or going to SPA in Freeport, come introduce yourself! I'll be awkward and shy but it'll be great. I promise.