Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This is our favorite guacamole recipe, which has evolved over the years in our kitchen. We started out with adding lots of spices and garlic but over time decided that simpler is better. Fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice and coarse salt is all the seasoning this mole requires. I also like a sprinkle of chili powder.
Make sure the avocados are ripe: if they are too hard, you won't be able to mash them; too soft means they are rotten. They are just ripe when they give in a little when pressed with a thumb.
You will need:
2 ripe avocados
1/2 plum or on-the-vine tomato, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp white onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, cored and finely chopped (optional)
1/8 tsp chili powder
Salt, to taste
1. Slice each avocado in half, lengthwise. Remove the pit. Scoop out the avocado flesh with a spoon into a medium bowl, discard the peel. With a potato masher or a fork, mash the avocados to a consistency of a puree.
2. Add tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeno pepper (if using). Squeeze juice from 1/2 lime and season with chili powder and salt. Mix well. Place into a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer or as a topping for tacos.