One Avocado Guacamole Recipe
One of the side dishes my family enjoys with tacos, fajitas, and tamales is guacamole. Here’s what you need:
- 1 ripe avocado
- Garlic powder
- One lime
Optional ingredients include:
- diced jalapeno
- diced tomato
- diced onion
- chopped cilantro**** (See note on Cilantro below)
To make the guacamole, slice the avocado and remove the seed (see video). Remove the “meat” and place in a bowl. Smash with a fork. Add seasoning to taste.
Feeding a bigger crowd? This recipe doubles and triples really easily! Just add more avocados!
***To cilantro or not to cilantro** That is the question!
Ok, maybe that isn’t the actual question but people feel strongly about cilantro. I just love it. It smells fresh and it is pretty. I keep it in a small crystal vase on the kitchen cabinet when I have extra!
Other people think cilantro tastes like soap. I am not making that up. Soap. Since I love cilantro enough to grow it (super easy in a pot on the porch in the cool spring weather!) it is hard for me to imagine.
Love cilantro? Toss it in! Hate cilantro? Leave it out!
Team Cilantro vs Team Soap – Leave your vote in the comments below!
Feel good about eating avocado in guacamole
*Great source of vitamins!
*Source of important fatty acids like brain boosting omega – 3
*contains more potassium than a banana
*contains the BEST type of fat – oleic acid
*full of fiber
*Can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL)
If you aren’t sure which seasonings you want to add to your one avocado guacamole or are in a big hurry (And who isn’t in a big hurry these days??) then you’ll want to try out this seasoning. Just add avocado!
How to choose the perfect avocado for your guacamole dish
Check the color. The darker the color the more ripe the fruit. This is especially true of the smooth skinned ‘Haas’ avocado.
Take a look at the stem. Sometimes there is a small piece of stem leftover on the fruit. If it has fallen off or falls off if you gently brush it the fruit is starting to ripen. If the small stem piece is stuck fast then the avocado isn’t ripe yet.
Use the pressure test. Gently squeeze the avocado and choose based on the following criteria.
*Hard as a rock. – Plan on using this avocado in about 4-5 days.
*Gives a little – This one is perfect to use tonight!
*Smooshy – WAY over ripe for guacamole. Can be used in smoothies if you are a) a health nut or b) have no taste buds. I tried a recipe once that called for a very ripe avocado to make ice-cream. It was terrible!!
Grow your own guacamole tree!
It is really easy to root an avocado tree and so fun to watch! Just add water and wait. In truth, these trees take years to fruit so you’ll be waiting a long, long time to harvest your own avocado but the kids love watching something grow.
Save the avocado leftovers!
It is hard for me to imagine having any avocado left over, but I suppose it happens. We always scarf ours down so fast! But, if you have leftover avocado they will turn an ugly brown if not stored properly. This cute avocado holder will keep your avocados in tip top shape till you are ready to eat.
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