Perfect Guacamole

Cooking for a Crowd, Recipes, Small Plates & Snacks, Weekend Cooking
perfect guacamole

Photo: Leigh Loftus

I went through a phase where I would only make guacamole in the summer. Don’t ask me why – I’m far from a locavore – but for some reason guacamole just didn’t seem like winter fare. Fast forward three years and I could not only eat guacamole winter, spring, summer or fall — but I could eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Guacamole is a Mexican-inspired dish made from mashed avocado, onion, cilantro and lime. I like a little bit of tomato in mine, sprinkled with cumin, salt and pepper.

You can mash the avocados to the consistency of your liking; some prefer a creamier dip and others – like me – prefer it with thick chunks of fresh avocado.

perfect guacamole

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Perfect Guacamole
Recipe type: Cooking for a Crowd, Weekend Cooking
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Serves: 6-8
  • 2 whole avocados, cored and diced
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped (a little less than ½ cup)
  • 1 small tomato, diced and seeded
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Slice and remove the seed from the avocado. Mash the avocado fruit in a small bowl, until you achieve desired consistency. Add chopped onion, tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or as a side dish to your favorite Mexican dish.

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    January 31, 2011 at 1:25 am

    This is gonna be very new dish for me. Let me try this guacamole recipe. You have made a neat and simple method to do. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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    January 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    The best recipes are always the simplest and this looks simply delicious! 🙂 I definitely get a craving for guacamole from time to time.

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    January 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Thank you. I’ve been looking for a recipe for awhile now, but couldn’t find one that seemed to fit what I’m going for taste wise. This looks lovely. I’ll give it a try in the next few weeks.

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    January 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I love guacamole and could eat it everyday I think. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    January 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I am such a guacamole fan, and although you may not be a locavore, you can pretend to be a Californian. My secretary has ben bringing in avocados from her tree for the past few weeks.

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique
    January 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

    You make yours pretty exact to how I make mine. Yum! I too could eat guacamole any time of day.

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    January 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Mmmm…I love guac! My husband doesn’t like raw onion, so we make ours with lots of fresh minced garlic and I add cayenne for a kick! Great with a slice of tomato on a turkey and provolone sandwich. 🙂

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    January 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I love guacamole like you, chunky, so you know what’s in it! This recipe sounds delicious, I may have to try it in the near future. If I wait for summer I won’t be able to have it for another 8 months!! *sob*

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