Guacamole is one of the simplest appetizers you can make. No stove, no oven...just one bowl and something to mix with. But as with many simple recipes, the ingredients must be the freshest and of the best quality. The onions, garlic, limes, cilantro, and avocados should all be fresh!
This recipe simply cannot be made with avocados that are not perfectly ripe. Look for avocados that are soft to the touch, but not too squishy. If an avocado is under ripe, place it in a paper bag and close the bag up. You can also add in a banana (peel on). The gasses that are released from the avocados and fruit will help to ripen them more quickly. It will still take at least a day for the avocados to reach the right softness, but it definitely speeds up the process. If you need to slow down the ripening, just place the avocados in the refrigerator.
I tend to like my guacamole a little more on the limey side. I think it helps the guacamole from turning brown and it just tastes really good to me. However, you can alter the amount of lime and cilantro that you add to this recipe. You can also make it spicy by adding diced jalepenos. For every 4 avocados, you can use about half of a jalapeno, chopped. I like to leave the guacamole on the chunkier side, however you can mash more thoroughly, depending on the texture you like.
This guacamole is an amazing brunch appetizer, but you can also throw it on top of scrambled eggs, an omelet, or a breakfast toast! It will go quickly no matter how you serve it!
This recipe makes a large batch of guacamole, enough for a small party. Double or halve the recipe as needed.
- 8 avocados (ripe)
- 1 small onion (finely diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (finely diced)
- 1 to 2 limes (juiced, depending on their size and your preference)
- 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
- 2 teaspoons salt (more added to taste)
- Dice the avocados and scoop them out of their skin.
- Toss the avocados with the lime juice, this will help them from turning brown while you are preparing the dip.
- Add the chopped onions, garlic, cilantro, and salt to the bowl.
- Mash all of the ingredients together using a potato masher or other tool. Leave some chunks behind :)
- Taste and add more salt if needed!
- Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy! If you are waiting to serve, place plastic wrap directly over the guacamole, so that it is touching the dip and covering it completely, so as to not let any air touch the avocados!