How did I ever just settle for buying prepackaged guacamole from the store?
My mom had picked up one of those bundles of Hass avocados from Costco last week, and over the weekend quite a few of them started to ripen up. So, I got the idea to try to make some guacamole from scratch, since I recently have been craving avocados more and more.
Makes enough for about 3 – 4 servings
~ 3 avocados, ripe and peeled
~ 1/2 tsp. salt
~ 1/2 diced tomato (I used a beefsteak tomato)
~ Garlic powder
~ Lime juice
The first part is to take all of the avocados and to peel and pit them. The method my mom showed me to use is to take a small knife and cut towards the center. The blade will eventually hit the pit, and then just cut evenly all the way around that pit. Then, take the two halves and just twist them to separate it out. Take a spoon and start to dig the pit out of the one side, and then use that spoon to scoop the avocado out of the skin and into a medium mixing bowl. Use a masher to start to mash up all of the avocado slices until we start to get that nice, mushy consistency.
Now, take the tomato and cut it into slices before dicing it up to add some nice chunks into our guacamole bowl. From here, it’s all about adding the other ingredients for taste. Start to mix in the salt and garlic powder. Like I indicated above, the salt is probably about 1/2 teaspoon (add another 1/2 teaspoon if you think it might be too little). For the garlic powder, I would say maybe around 1/2 teaspoon would be good. I just used a general sprinkle over the bowl with the shaker.
Finally, we need the lime juice to seal the deal. I think that the ideal amount of lime juice would be around 1/4 of a lime (maybe 2 teaspoons at most?). I used 1/2 of a lime in the last batch, and both my brother and I agreed that the lime aftertaste was a little on the strong side. The lime juice both flavors the guacamole and also helps to prevent it from browning, due in part I think to the acidity that it adds.
Guacamole is something that some people have different conceptions of, so don’t be afraid to add a little more of this here, or reduce this down over here. In the future, I plan to try to add a dash of cayenne powder and then some onion powder to the guac to see how the taste difference would be. I might even through some cilantro in there as well. However, one try of making guacamole at home and you won’t want to get the pre-made stuff at the store anymore.