I can’t live without guacamole. It’s one of those concoctions that just makes life better. Really, who can eat chips and guacamole without smiling? Have you ever been to one of those restaurants where they make the guacamole tableside? I sit there drooling while they mix it up! The recipe I am going to give you is just as tasty and you won’t have to pay $8.99 for it! This recipe is for about two people. I say ABOUT two because I would eat the whole bowl myself. If you are going to make the dip for a gathering, I would suggest doubling or tripling it.
Start with two ripe avocados cut in half. Remove the seeds and scoop out the green fruit. If you have any question whether your avocados are ripe or not, check out my post on how to pick, ripen, and store avocados.
Dice up one large, firm tomato.
Now add 1/2 cup of diced onion. If you don’t like onion, just add a little bit. You can always add more at the end.
Mince up 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, being careful to remove the stems. Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Mash it all up with a fork.
Now for the fun part! Open the bag of chips and test it out! Does it need more salt? Does it need more lemon juice? Can you taste the cilantro? Each person’s taste buds are different, so take some time to figure out your perfect combination. Keep in mind that the salt and lemon balance each other. If your mouth is saying it is too lemony, add a little salt to offset it.
Just a side note, this is where I call my kids in and ask them to be my taste testers! Of course they love getting a tortilla chip, but they have to test the guacamole with it. I ask them questions about what they taste to help them distinguish the flavors. They are also training their palates to appreciate unprocessed food. I like that idea. This would also be fun to make with the kids if they are old enough. They can practice knife skills and flavor blending.
So how do you think you’ll use this recipe? In a burrito, taco salad, or fajita? On a hamburger or sandwich? An appetizer for friends? By the way, it goes wonderfully with Homemade Cilantro Lime Salsa. I just put some on my tuna fish sandwich and it was sensational! Let me know how you decide, I love to hear from you! Happy cooking, my friends!
- 2 avocados
- 1 large tomato
- ½ cup diced onion
- ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
- ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
- 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
- Mash all ingredients together in a bowl
- Adjust salt, pepper, and lemon to taste