Perfect Guacamole

Simple, straightforward, incredibly delicious guacamole. Easy to make and easier to eat, no Mexican night is complete without it!

Perfect guacamole - simple, delicious, homemade.

Guacamole is one of many foods I never dreamed of eating as a child – in fact, I’m not sure I was even aware of its existence. Sheltered, I know. And if I had been exposed to guac, I’m pretty sure I would have rejected it wholesale. Oh, the humanity. Are we all so clueless as children?

Thank goodness we grow and change, because, duh, I would now shudder to imagine a guac-free world. Our enchiladas and burritos would be so lonely, so unadorned. And is there anything more perfect or more tantalizing than a big ole’ scoop of guacamole loaded onto a crisp, salty tortilla chip? And, in a pinch, a Triscuit also makes a pretty solid guac vehicle. Speaking from experience, clearly. The more you know.

Of course there are at least as many ways to prepare guac as there are Mexican food aficionados out there, so approximately eleventy billion. So, I won’t pretend with you for even a second that this is the *only* way or the *ultimate* way or any nonsense like that. But I will tell you this – if you haven’t tried making guac at home, or have tried a few recipes or just eyeballed it without finding *the one*, this recipe could be your answer.

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You will get simple, straightforward, no muss no fuss, incredibly delicious guacamole. Nothing complicated, no guessing how much of everything to put in. I usually don’t include the jalapeno, largely because they’re hard to find here in Belgium. (Let’s face it, I’m lucky to scare up the ingredients to make my own Mexican and Tex-Mex at all. Not really a thing here. Le sigh.) The jalapeno is super tasty if a little extra heat is your thing, but to be honest, I love this guac just as much without it. The combo of the salt, lime juice, and cilantro gives it plenty of zing.

Perfect guacamole - simple, delicious, and homemade.

Perfect guacamole - simple, delicious, and homemade.

I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! And remember – avocados are full of healthy fats, fiber, and folic acid, so when you whip up a batch of this, no guilt! Hooray!

Last but not least, I’ll leave you with this little behind-the-scenes shot. I meant to take more photos, but had to call it a day when the little guy started sampling the goods. Oh well, I mean, I’m glad he likes it! Maybe he’ll grow up on the right side of the guacamole appreciation tracks, unlike his mama. 🙂

Perfect Guacamole

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Simple, straightforward, incredibly delicious guacamole. Easy to make and easier to eat!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 jalapeno, including seeds, finely chopped (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Split the avocados lengthwise and use a large spoon to scoop the flesh out into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until the avocado reaches your desired consistency. (I love it mostly smooth with a few small chunks for texture. Yum!) 
  2. Stir in chopped onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and jalapeno, if using. Whip lightly with the fork until guacamole has a slightly fluffy texture. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. If you’re feeling fancy, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with slices of lime. Serve immediately. 

Notes

Guacamole is one of those foods best served immediately, because air is its enemy, and will cause even the freshest, loveliest guac to start turning brown in no time. If you do need to make it ahead, though, store in the fridge with a sheet of plastic wrap pressed down lightly, so that the plastic wrap is resting in contact with the guacamole. This drastically reduces the amount of guacamole exposed to air, which will help stave off browning until you’re ready to serve.

Adapted from Big Bowl of Love by Christina Ferrare

Simple, perfect, homemade guacamole. Perfect for parties, appetizers, or to go with any Mexican meal!

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Sierra
    April 19, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Guacamole is definitely a necessity for Mexican night. I love how simple this is and I bet it tastes perfect. How cute your little guy digging in. Beautifully Candid

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 19, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Thanks, Sierra! I bet your sweet little guys could polish off a bowl of this goodness in no time flat, too, haha!

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    April 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Oh boy. . .I can totally relate to struggling to pull off a Mexican food night because when I was living in Africa . . .it was a rarity to come across the ingredients needed. As a matter of fact, it was the one type of cuisine that the Mr. and I missed the most (besides good pizza) when we lived there. But I agree. . .the world would just not be complete without guac. And can you believe that on occasion the Mr. and I will eat only chips and guac (with a margarita of course) for dinner? I know. . .bad.

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 19, 2017 at 4:40 am

      Whoa, I can imagine! Where in Africa did you live? I’ve never lived there but have spent a few months in East Africa at a time, and yes – missing the ingredients for Mexican and pizza would have been a major struggle! But if eating chips and guac for dinner on occasion is wrong, I don’t want to be right! 🙂

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    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    April 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    A gigantic scoop of guac on a salty tortilla chip is indeed one of the finer things in life. I love guacamole so much that I eat it DESPITE the fact that I’m allergic to avocados! I am a big fan of jalapeños, cilantro, and onions in my guac, so this recipe is right up my alley!

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      nourishandfete
      April 19, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Whoa – that is a whole new level of guac dedication! I would probably do the same, though, assuming the reaction wasn’t anything life-threatening!

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    Jovita @ Yummy Addiction
    April 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    You can never go wrong with guacamole. Your recipe looks awesome, bookmarking it to try later!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 19, 2017 at 4:34 am

      Yay, thanks, Jovita! Let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

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    Lisa | Garlic + Zest
    April 18, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    From May to September, I pretty much subsist on guacamole! Thank you for sharing your rendition!

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      You could do a lot worse, in many ways! Three cheers for guacamole season! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes
    April 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Guacamole is one item I always like to make myself. As you point out, it deteriorates quickly, so the fresher the better in my opinion. With or without the jalapeno, this is a lovely recipe.

    • Reply
      nourishandfete
      April 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Lucy! I couldn’t agree more – homemade guac just blows any store-bought option I have ever seen or tried completely out of the water. I suspect a lot of people who think they don’t like guac just have been ruined on a bland store-bought variety that was probably pureed within an inch of its life.

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