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AB’s Ultimate Guacamole Recipe

Today, we’re taking a detour from the grill to explore a vibrant and luscious delight – Guacamole! A crowd-pleaser and a solo-snacker’s dream, this creamy concoction of avocados, zesty aromatics, and citrusy goodness is about to become your new favorite dip. So, grab your avocados and let’s embark on a flavorful journey that’ll leave your taste buds begging for more.

Guacamole isn’t just a dip; it’s a celebration of fresh, wholesome ingredients that come together in a symphony of flavors. From the velvety texture of ripe avocados to the aromatic dance of red onions, tomatoes, and cilantro, every bite is a burst of freshness. Not to mention the citrusy kick from lime juice that elevates the dish to a whole new level. Whether you’re hosting a fiesta or treating yourself to a solo snack, guacamole is the answer to your flavor cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and membranes removed, finely chopped (optional for heat)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare the Avocados:
    • Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.
    • Scoop out the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mash the Avocados:
    • Mash the avocados to your desired consistency using a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add the Aromatics:
    • Add the finely diced red onion, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, and chopped jalapeño (if using) to the mashed avocados.
  4. Add Cilantro and Lime Juice:
    • Stir in the chopped cilantro and squeeze the juice of 1-2 limes over the mixture.
  5. Season and Mix:
    • Season the guacamole with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Gently mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  6. Taste and Adjust:
    • Taste the guacamole and adjust the lime juice, salt, or pepper if needed.
  7. Serve:
    • Transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl.
    • If not serving immediately, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole to minimize browning.
  8. Optional Garnish:
    • Garnish with additional cilantro or a few tomato and onion pieces for presentation.
  9. Serve with Your Favorite Dippers:
    • Guacamole pairs perfectly with tortilla chips, fresh vegetable sticks, or as a topping for tacos, nachos, or grilled meats.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Choose Ripe Avocados: Look for avocados that yield slightly to gentle pressure.
  • Balancing Act: Adjust lime juice, salt, and pepper to your taste preferences.
  • Mild or Spicy: Control the heat by adjusting the quantity of jalapeño.
  • Texture Matters: Dice ingredients finely for a balanced and enjoyable texture.
  • Keep It Fresh: Store any leftovers with plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent browning.

Variations:

  1. Fruit Fusion: Add diced mango or pineapple for a sweet twist.
  2. Smoky Delight: Mix in a pinch of smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.
  3. Greek Goddess Guac: Incorporate feta cheese and kalamata olives.
  4. Salsa Verde Surprise: Swap tomatoes for tomatillos and add a spoonful of salsa verde.
  5. Spicy Mango Tango: Introduce diced jalapeños and mango for a sweet and spicy kick.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Tortilla Chips: Classic and always a hit.
  2. Vegetable Sticks: Crunchy and refreshing.
  3. Pita Chips: A sturdy option for dipping.
  4. Crispy Bacon Strips: For the ultimate savory-sweet combo.
  5. Grilled Shrimp: A delightful protein pairing.
  6. Nachos: Load them up with guacamole, cheese, and more.
  7. Taco Salad: Use guacamole as a dressing for a hearty salad.
  8. Quesadillas: Spread guacamole between cheesy layers.
  9. Grilled Chicken Wraps: A fresh and healthy lunch option.
  10. Sliced Bell Peppers: A low-carb alternative for scooping.

Recipe Card

Guacamole

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop out the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl.

  2. Use a fork or potato masher to mash the avocados to your desired consistency. Some people prefer it chunky, while others like it smooth.

  3. Add the finely diced red onion, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, and chopped jalapeño (if using) to the mashed avocados.

  4. Stir in the chopped cilantro and squeeze the juice of 1-2 limes over the mixture. Lime juice adds a bright, citrusy flavor and helps prevent the avocados from browning.

  5. Season the guacamole with salt and pepper to taste. Start with a pinch of salt and adjust according to your preference. Gently mix all the ingredients together until well combined.

  6. Taste the guacamole and adjust the lime juice, salt, or pepper if needed. Customize the flavor to suit your taste buds.

  7. Transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl. If not serving immediately, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole to minimize browning.

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