A quick and classic way to make Guacamole! This is a great healthy snack and also a delicious appetizer/party food when served with chips. Make it spicy or go mild! Either way, this party staple will not disappoint.
Guacamole is one of those foods that is always appropriate, am I right?! I’m always glad to see it at a party and I love catching its gaze when I open my refrigerator door. It tastes AMAZING when paired with just about every single savory food on the planet. I have been known to throw guac on burgers, salad, rice, tacos, a big ol’ pile of baked potato chips, fries, vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, eggs and I could literally go on and on. One of my fantasies is having a handful of thriving avocado trees growing in my yard and an endless supply of fresh guacamole ready to devour in my fridge. I love this Classic Guacamole recipe because it is easy, basic, fresh and there is room to add spice if desired.
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How Do You Make Guacamole?
One of the best things about guacamole is that it requires so few ingredients and so little time to prepare (6 ingredients and 10 minutes, to be exact!). It is the BEST kind of snack and appetizer. Here are the basics you will need to get a good bowl of guac started:
Find a few perfectly ripe avocados and chop them up. Add them to a mixing bowl.
Combine the avocados with ingredients of your choice! A few staple ingredients: cilantro, garlic, onion, lime juice, salt and pepper.
Extra ingredients to add if you’re wanting to spice things up: finely chopped jalapeno peppers, crushed red pepper flakes, hot sauce, spicy salsa, diced chiles, extra garlic and cayenne pepper.
Extra ingredients to add if you’re wanting to add flavor: sour cream, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes, mangoes and crab meat (this Mango Crab Guac is AMAZING!).
Mix all of the ingredients together and serve with baked potato chips or chips of any variety or even veggies or pita wedges.
How do you pick a ripe avocado?
I love picking out avocados! I must say that I’m a bit of an expert in this area. I usually hold the avocado in my hand and give it a gentle squeeze. If it is as hard as a rock or if it is mushy to the touch, I set it back down. When you squeeze the avocado, there should be a tiny bit of give. The more you do this, the better you’ll get at finding those perfectly ripe avocados.
How do you ripen avocados quickly?
There is nothing worse than needing to use an avocado before it is ready to be eaten. If you find yourself in this unfortunate quandry, you can try microwaving it. Do this in 30-second intervals until you feel that magic give. Avocado purists (there’s a purist for everything!) strongly disagree with this method but hey, when a girl’s gotta use an avocado, a girl’s gotta use an avocado. In a pinch, I’m willing to try about anything in the kitchen. Others believe in the paper bag method, but this has never seemed to work for me. Some claim that placing avocados in a paper bag and placing the bag in a dark place will speed up the ripening process. If you have tried that method with success, let me know! And if you have additional avocado-ripening tips, let me know that, too!
What types of onions taste best in guacamole?
I love adding red onions to guacamole because they add an extra zing and punch of flavor. With that said, you really can’t go wrong with any variety of onion when it comes to guac. Yellow, white and even green onions all taste amazing when thrown into guacamole. It honestly just depends on your tastes and what you prefer.
Enjoy the guac, you guys!
Best Classic Guacamole
- 2 avocados peeled, pitted and chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup red or yellow onion finely chopped
- Juice from 1 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well, mashing the avocados with a fork until desired consistency is reached. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled, with Homemade Baked Potato Chips for a healthy Whole30 compliant snack or appetizer!