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How to Make Simple Guacamole

When I was getting ready to make this guacamole, I realized I didn’t have any tomatoes! Can you imagine my horror? Then I remembered an episode of TSC’s podcast where they interviewed Dr. Steven Gundry. Now, I don’t want to go down this rabbit hole of the Plant Paradox and what veggies are OK and which aren’t. But, he said in the episode that traditional guac does not have tomatoes. Never knew that! So, I remembered that moment from the podcast just in the nick of time before I ran out to buy a tomato to make guacamole.

I think part of me loves guacamole so much, and really avocado so much, because it’s such a good vehicle for salt. And y’all know how much I love salt! But really, I would encourage you, unless you have a health reason not to, to up the salt on your guac! It brings all the flavors together. I start with about 1/4 tsp of salt per avocado, mix all the ingredients up and then I taste with a chip. I think the key is to taste with whatever dipper you are serving, because if it’s a salty tortilla chip you have to account for it in the guac. Just taste as you go!

I love how a homemade guacamole tastes fresh – don’t you think? And it’s really so much better than a prepackaged guac from the store. I will say, though, if you don’t have the time or you can’t find ripe avocados (or yours haven’t ripened yet), the store-made Whole Foods guacamole is so, so good. I am game for buying their guac any day. Don’t buy the stuff that’s vacuum sealed in plastic, it’s not the same. Just make it!

Don’t you just want to jump into a bathtub full of this yummy green stuff? No? How about jumping in with a tortilla chip? Yes? Good.

One of my bucket list items for this year was finishing my weeknight dishes off with fresh citrus and herbs. I keep a lot of limes and lemons and fresh cilantro and parsley around the house, so pulling this together is pretty easy. If you don’t typically have them handy, just don’t forget to grab limes and cilantro when you go to the market. Also, I know for some people cilantro tastes like soap. If that’s you, you can skip it all together!

You won’t need any fancy equipment for this – but maybe you’ll need an extra batch! Any time we make guacamole it just goes goes goes! If we, by the rare chance, have leftovers, I love to add it to a sandwich, on top of my eggs, or even on top of chicken with some sauteed peppers on the side for a little impromptu burrito bowl night. And there’s nobody charging you extra for this guac!

How to Make Simple Guacamole

Guacamole is so quick and easy to make and easily customizable to your tastes! You don't need fancy equipment, though a potato masher can make it come together a little more quickly. Be sure to leave some chunks of avocado for a real homemade, authentic experience.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: avocado, guacamole

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe avocados
  • .5 small red onion, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, finely minced
  • 1-2 juiced limes I usually use 2 or 3!
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Carefully cut the avocados, removing the put and placing the pulp in a large mixing bowl. 
  • Smash the avocados, leaving some larger chunks for a more homemade guacamole.
  • Add onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste and mix until well combined.
  • Taste guacamole with your dipper (i.e., tortilla chip) to check for salt; add more as needed. 

Notes

There are so many ways you can customize guacamole! Try it with chopped scallions in lieu of red onion, or even sweet onion; tomatoes can be added or even watermelon! Top it with cayenne for a little heat or chop up a raw jalapeno for a spicy guac!

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