Perfect Guacamole

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Perfect Guacamole Recipe

Chunky avocado paired with zesty lime juice, garlic, fresh cilantro, and red onion make up an authentic Mexican and perfect guacamole.  

Guacamole is one of the easiest dips to make and if you don’t have an easy guacamole recipe as part of your regular routine, you need to get one quick!   

Guacamole is healthy, fresh, delicious, and super versatile when entertaining or preparing Mexican food.    While you can serve with chips, you can also serve with quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, on toast, with eggs, with carnitas, in bowls, and more!  

While many people put tomatoes in their guac, authentic Mexican Guacamole is not actually made with tomatoes.  It’s made with finely minced onions, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper, and of course avocados.  If you order tableside guacamole at a traditional Mexican restaurant, they most likely will not use tomatoes. 

I like my guacamole chunky.  I learned how to make my guacamole watching Ina years ago – and hers was chunky – which is how I have made mine ever since.    People always comment on their love of my guacamole and ask for the recipe.  I say, chop,chop is the key. 

Ingredients in Guacamole

The key to good guacamole is the right proportions of ingredients. 

Additionally, the biggest mistake people make when preparing guacamole is not chopping the onions finely enough.  Honestly, no one likes to bite into a raw red onion when eating guacamole, so the finest mince possible on the onion plus the right balance of lime, salt, avocado, cilantro, and jalapeno is the key to a good guac. 

  • 3 avocados, diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced red onion
  • 1.5 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno or serrano chili (seeded)
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
  • fresh lime juice from 1/2 lime
  • optional 1 Roma tomato, seeded, chopped

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How to Make Perfect Guacamole

Place the onion, jalapeño, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro in the bowl and stir together with a fork until well blended.

Add chopped avocado and stir/mash with a fork to desired consistency. It should be chunky, not smooth. 

Do a taste test then adjust to your taste: salt, lime juice, more jalapeno.
 
If using tomatoes, you can add them before you taste test. 
 

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The Best Guacamole

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: best guacamole, homemade guacamole, perfect guacamole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced red onion
  • 1.5 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno or serrano chili seeded
  • 1 large garlic clove finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
  • fresh lime juice from 1/2 lime
  • optional 1 Roma tomato seeded, chopped

Instructions

  • Place the onion, jalapeño, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro in the bowl and stir together with a fork until well blended.
  • Add chopped avocado and stir/mash with a fork to desired consistency. It should be chunky, not smooth.
  • Do a taste test then adjust to your taste: salt, lime juice, more jalapeno
  • If using tomatoes, you can add them before you taste test.

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How to Store Guacamole and Prevent Browning

When guacamole turns brown, it means that the avocado has oxidized.  To prevent oxidation, you need to prevent air from getting to the guacamole.  You can do this by placing the guacamole in a glass container and covering it with olive oil, or water to prevent direct contact with the air. 

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Choose a container that has a tight-fitting lid that also touches the guacamole, so that it has less chance of coming into contact with the air.

By covering it properly, you can make guacamole a day in advance.  I still think fresh guacamole is best – but if you need to make it ahead, this should help prevent oxidation. 

 

 

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