Let’s talk about making the best guacamole in your own kitchen! Everyone needs a go-to guac recipe in their back pocket, especially with warmer weather and peak of season avocados just around the corner. Plus, Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, and it just felt appropriate to share this recipe! A great guacamole requires just a few simple ingredients – ripe avocados, diced onion, freshly squeezed lime juice, salt, and a fresh serrano or jalepeño pepper for a little heat. You may notice there are no tomatoes in this recipe. That’s intentional! I am a strong believer that watery, mealy, and out of season tomatoes don’t add anything special here. If you happen to have a perfectly juicy and ripe tomato on hand in the middle of the summer, I’ll make an exception.
When looking for avocados, check for ripeness by picking up the avocado and gently squeezing, if it has a little give it should be ripe. Often times markets will sell underripe avocados, and if that’s all that’s available, let them ripen at home and make your guac in a few days. You can place the avocados next to or in a bag with bananas, which release lots of ethylene gas and help expedite the ripening process. Okay, now grab your chips and chill your margarita glasses. You’ve got some guac to make!
The Best Guacamole
- 6 Medium sized ripe Hass avocados
- 1 and 1/4 Cups diced white onion about 3/4 of a medium white onion, shallot works as well
- 1 Cup packed cilantro leaves and stems freshly chopped
- 4-5 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 to 1 and 1/2 Serrano or Jalapeño pepper finely diced (remove the seeds before dicing for less heat)
- Kosher salt
- Slice the avocados in half lengthwise, remove pits, and scoop the avocado out of the peels and into a medium mixing or serving bowl.
- Add the white onion, cilantro, 4 tablespoons lime juice, serrano or jalapeño, and several very generous pinches of kosher salt to the bowl. Gently mix and mash with a fork, potato masher, or pastry cutter, until combined but still leaving a good amount of texture.
- Taste and adjust flavors to taste. Want more heat? Chop up more peppers and mix them in. More brightness and acid? More fresh lime juice! Can't quite figure out what it's missing? More salt!
- Enjoy with tortilla chips, served on tacos, in burrito bowls, and more.
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