This is a recipe that really makes me miss San Diego. Guacamole used to be a fairly large part of my diet! Between my regular stops at a variety of Mexican restaurants and drive-thrus, and the near constant availability of quality guacamole ingredients, there was always an excuse to indulge in this flavorful dip.
Guacamole combines two things I love in one little bowl.
For starters, it’s Mexican food! We take our Mexican food pretty seriously in San Diego, as evidenced by our recent victory in the Burrito War. (Foil wrapped, steamed tortillas? Pfft.)
Also, it brings people together! Let’s face it – no Super Bowl or Cinco de Mayo party is complete without guacamole. I love to entertain, so anything that can be served at a party is my kind of food.
I suppose I’ve been working on this guacamole in some form or another for several years now. I didn’t start documenting the amounts of what I added until fairly recently, but it has pretty much always been made with the same ingredients.
The thing about guacamole is that it’s made from nearly all fresh ingredients, so a recipe isn’t going to be 100% foolproof. You’ll have to make some adjustments depending on how each ingredient in that batch tastes.
My guacamole tip is this: baby steps. Add maybe half of the fresh ingredients to the avocados and taste the result before adding the remainder. There’s nothing worse than finding out you got a really strong onion or an especially spicy pepper after you’ve added all of it to the bowl. Be sure to taste before you commit!
If you don't want this too spicy, you can take the seeds out of the pepper or simply add less. Regardless of your desired spice level, be sure to add the pepper, onion, cilantro, and lime cautiously. Add around 1/2 to 3/4 of each of these ingredients at first, taste the guacamole, then add more as you see fit.
Yields: About 4 cups
To store leftovers, or if making ahead of time: cover with plastic wrap directly touching the surface of the guacamole to prevent browning. Refrigerate.Print