This fresh homemade guacamole is an easy and delicious appetizer that's also a perfect topping for your favorite Mexican dishes, or for smearing on some crispy toast at breakfast.
Guacamole is so easy to make at home. I've never really understood why people would buy it pre-made. I think most would agree the hardest part of making homemade guacamole is getting perfectly ripe avocados.
Usually the ones at the supermarket are either too hard or overripe so you've got to really luck out to find the ones that are ready or buy them and ripen them at home and hope you catch them before they go too far. Unfortunately I've thrown out countless avocados that I bought with plans for making guacamole a few days later that had their own ideas!
When looking for ripeness you want an avocado with a dark green color that is firm but with a slight give when pressed. If it's hard and a brighter green color, it's not ready and if it's mushy when pressed then it's overripe.
How to make homemade guacamole
- Cut your avocado in half around the pit and twist to separate the halves. Then remove the pit with a spoon or, using a large knife, carefully strike the pit with the blade towards the heel of the knife so that your knife sticks into the pit, then pull it out. The second method is demonstrated here.
- Next scoop the flesh out of the peel and roughly chop and transfer into a bowl.
- Squeeze on some fresh lime juice. I like about half of a lime, but if you like a little more tanginess you can add more.
- For the mix-ins I usually go with diced tomato and onion, but you can keep it basic and stick with just avocado and lime if you like. If you want to tone down the raw onion, you can rinse it well in cold water after dicing or let it soak before adding it to the bowl.
- I'm one of those people that doesn't care for cilantro so I usually use parsley instead or skip it entirely but I've included it here as most people like it that way.
- If you like some heat a seeded and finely diced jalepeño or serrano is a great addition.
- Once you've got all your ingredients in the bowl, season to taste with some salt and stir to combine until it gets to your desired consistency.
Other awesome appetizers
- Sour Cream and Onion Dip
- Corn and Avocado Salad
- Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls
- Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings
- 3 medium Haas avocados peeled and seed removed
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup diced roma tomatoes
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- Halve each avocado and remove the seed than scoop flesh from the peel. Roughly chop and add to bowl.
- Squeeze around 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice onto avocado
- Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, salt, and cumin to bowl and mix to desired consistency.
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