How To Make Guacamole

Homemade guacamole is the perfect compliment to a Mexican inspired meal or party. Served as an appetizer or food topping, guacamole dip is sure to add an authentic flavor to your celebration. How to make guacamole? Anyone can do it! This simple, authentic Mexican guacamole recipe is flavorful and combines fresh ingredients for a true south-of-the-border taste. It combines fresh avocados with tomatoes, onions, with the authentic Mexican ingredients jalapeno chilies, garlic, and cilantro. This creamy dip is simple to assemble and is sure to be a hit with your family and guests. Homemade guacamole is best served with warm tortilla chips, as a topping for fajitas or tacos, or as an alternative to dressing on a taco salad.

Ingredients

2 Large ripe avocados, pitted and peeled.
2 Medium Roma tomatoes, finely chopped, approximately 1 ½ cups.
1 Medium yellow onion, finely chopped.
1 Clove fresh garlic, peeled and chopped.
2 Jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped.
2 Tbsp. Fresh cilantro, finely chopped.
2 Tbsp. Lime juice, lemon juice is also acceptable.
½ Tsp. salt
¼ Tsp. black pepper

How To Make Guacamole

Instructions

In a glass or plastic bowl, mash ripe avocadoes with a hand-held potato masher until creamy or desired consistency. Add chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno chilies, and cilantro. Mix with a fork until blended. Add lime or lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend well. Cover and place in refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to blend flavors. Serve with warm tortilla chips or as a topping for Mexican dishes. This recipe makes 1 1/2 cup servings. Preparation time is approximately 20 minutes. Total time including refrigeration is 1 hour 20 minutes.

Tips and Tricks on How To Make Guacamole

Are you confused about choosing the right avocado at the grocery store? Most avocados are picked when they are still hard, before they are at their peak for use in recipes. An avocado that is ripe and ready to use will give slightly when pressed with your thumb. If you need to speed up the ripening process, place avocadoes in a brown paper bag and let set at room temperature for a day or two.

Guacamole is best used the same day it is prepared. The lime or lemon juice will prevent it from turning brown and add a bit of flavor.

Do you like a lot of heat in your Mexican dishes? Add more jalapeno chilies or a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.

To give a restaurant experience to this Mexican-theme appetizer, warm tortilla chips by simply placing in a crock pot set on low. You can make your own tortilla chips by cutting flour or corn tortillas into wedges. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt, paprika, and chili powder. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes for an easy, homemade alternative to store-bought chips.

Avocadoes are a healthy source of nutrients such as fiber, potassium, vitamins B and E, and folic acid. This fruit is also an excellent source of polyunsaturated and mono-saturated fats. They are considered part of a heart-healthy diet by the American Heart Association Dietary Guidelines and are also one of the so called superfoods.


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