Guacamole is such a classic recipe; I think everyone should have a basic, simple recipe in their repertoire. To keep my birthday fiesta going for one more day I want to share my recipe. I must admit that I have a food crush on avocados. What’s not to love? They are creamy, light, and the most beautiful shade of green. The most important thing about making a recipe with avocados is finding the right one.
You may be one of those people who raises your eyebrow while pushing your cart past the seemingly crazy lady standing by the avocado display feeling every single one…that lady is me! The trick is to find one with dark black skin that gives juuuuust slightly to your thumb when you press it. If it hits both of those criteria then you know its perfect and will make delicious, creamy guacamole.
Guacamole is not just for chips anymore! I like to pile a spoonful onto warm enchiladas, use as a sandwich spread, or add as a garnish for tortilla soup or taco salad; so many possibilities…
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 scallions, minced
- 1/2 c. chopped tomato (remove excess juice)
- 1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed; diced (leave the ribs/seeds in if you like is spicy!)
- juice of 1 to 1 1/2 limes (depends on the size)
- salt and pepper to taste
Note: You may add cilantro to the guacamole, but I left it out since I am one of the unfortunate people who thinks cilantro tastes like soap. I wish this were not the case…
Cut through skin of the avocado until you can feel the pit; rotate the avocado until you have cut completely around the pit. Twist two halves slightly to separate and remove the pit by either scooping it out with a spoon or popping your knife into the center and twisting to separate (be careful please!).
Scoop the avocado flesh from the skin and place in a bowl. Add minced garlic and scallion as well as the tomato. Next add jalapeno, removing seeds for a mild guacamole. Slice limes in half and squeeze the juice. Start with the juice of one lime and add more if you feel the guacamole needs more moisture. Salt and pepper the mixture to taste.
Using a fork mash the ingredients together until it is smooth but still retains some texture. Taste for seasonings and serve with your favorite tortilla chips; blue corn tortilla chips look festive! Enjoy!