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Thursday, July 3

The Cheater’s Guide to Great Guacamole – And Guac Myths Debunked

Time to make some guacamole, the perfect 4th of July dip! Okay, maybe more appropriate for Cinco de Mayo, but whatever. I have a few tips I’d like to share that will cut down on prep time and pump up the flavor.

easy and delicious guacamole from @janemaynard

Guacamole
 
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Ingredients
  • Avocado (let's base this recipe on 4 avocados)
  • Chunky Salsa (to taste, not too much, ~1/4 cup)
  • Dollop of sour cream (very optional, I hardly ever add it but once in a while I throw in a spoonful)
  • Garlic powder, to taste (yes powder, put that garlic press away! but if you DO have fresh garlic, use the garlic press to keep it simple and go with 1 clove)
  • Dried minced onion or onion powder, to taste (yes, dried, put your knife away!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper, Hot Sauce or Red Pepper flakes (if you want it spicier)
  • Lime juice (I just use my little squeezie lime juice from the fridge - a few squirts should do it - if you have a fresh lime, go for it)
  • Fresh cilantro (if you have it), chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix all together!

GUACAMOLE TIPS:

  • Click here for a great way to cut open avocados and remove the pits safely and quickly. 
  • Use a pastry blender to mix it up. It’s perfect for mashing up the avocado, but keeps you from overmixing. You don’t want to overmix – chunkier is better. Pasty, not so good.
  • Salsa is my “secret” ingredient – you get hunks of tomato, onion and pepper, but you don’t have to do any chopping. And it adds nice flavor.
  • About the cilantro – I almost never have fresh cilantro on hand. The guac is delicious without it, I promise. But if you DO have it, it adds a nice fresh flavor.
  • Make sure you salt the guac enough. This is important. Add a little bit at a time so you don’t oversalt.
  • You can tell when an avocado is ready because it’s soft to the touch (not too soft!), often darker in color, and when you pop the little stem thingy off the end, it will be green in the hole.

MYTHS DEBUNKED:

  • Lemon and lime juice do NOT keep your guacamole from going brown. I use lime juice just because it tastes good.
  • Putting the pit in the guacamole will NOT keep it from going brown. The reason avocados go brown is from contact with oxygen. The best way to keep it green is to put plastic wrap directly on the guac when you store it. It’s still going to go a little brown on you. There’s just no getting around that. The brown is a-okay to eat, but you can always skim it off the top if you don’t like how it looks.

I’m telling you, my guacamole is GOOD. It’s EASY. You can make it with whatever you have in the cupboard and fridge. I always have lime juice & salsa in the fridge and spices in the cupboard. All I need is the avocados and I’m set!


10 Comments »

  1. 1
    Emily

    Thanks Jane! I was so going to ask you to do a call-out for guacamole recipes and here you are reading my mind! thanks! and yum!

  2. 3
    Barbara Bakes

    I have a ripe avocado on the counter right now. I think I’ll whip up a little batch for tomorrow. Thanks!

  3. 4
    Jane Maynard

    I like reading minds… 🙂

    if anyone else has recipes they want to share, by all means do! 🙂

  4. 5
    Melissapher

    One of my old roommates used to put in about a tablespoon of mayo. It can make the guacamole seem heavier, but it’s great if your avocados are a little on the green side.

  5. 6
    shanelle

    Hi Jane,
    I just found your site from blog-jumping. Hope you don’t mind! This recipe looks delicious (and easy!). I have a “twisted” guacamole recipe I’d love to share…

    (Don’t let the tofu scare you!)

    1 large avocado

    1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

    2 Tbsp Tofututti’s Cream Cheese (at Trader Joe’s)

    1/2 cup medium Pace salsa

    1 small tomato cut into chunks (optional)

    ~This is just an estimate… you want the end product to have a slight pinkish/red tint. Mix all ingredients, cutting in the avocado and cream cheese so you have a chunky mixture.

    Thanks for having such a fabulous site!
    Shanelle

  6. this is exactly how we make our guac too. with the salsa. and you are right on w/ the lime juice.. I like to use beacuse it tastes different (and better) than the lemon. yum yum.

  7. 8
    Tammie Wright

    There is a method to keep your guacamole from turning dark. All you need to do is add fruit fresh to it along with your other ingredients. Fruit fresh is a product I use to keep jams, jellies, and all other fruit and veggies from turning dark when I can them. It adds nothing to the flavor or consistency of your guacamole. You can find it in your grocery store, or if not here is a link to order from. http://www.freshpreserving.com/products/fruit-fresh.aspx

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