Recipe: Fresh & Flavorful Guacamole

You all know by now I lovvvvvveeee me some avocado goodness. But it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, I used to not like avocados at all — not by themselves, not in/on things, and not even as guacamole. I’m a big believer that our taste buds do in fact change over time, but I’m an even bigger believer in trying things more than once before claiming to not like them. My phase of “I don’t like avocados” was a prime example of what happens when we let one experience determine our distaste for something. I based that opinion off of only trying guacamole once. And newsflash — not all guacamole is worth writing home about. So I let my one experience with a subpar guac convince me that I didn’t like the flavor or the texture of avocados. And I wasted years of my life believing that to be true. Then one day, I tried again. Same ingredient, different preparation and guess what? I liked it! It wasn’t the poor avocados’ fault I had been avoiding them all those years, it was simply that the guac I had way back when wasn’t my cup of tea. And from that day forward I have enjoyed avocados every chance and in every form I can. So don’t be like me {at least not in this regard!} and be willing to try ingredients multiple times, prepared a multitude of ways, by a multitude of people. If you think you don’t like something, you might just not have found your preferred method quite yet!

So now that you know the story behind my once-hate-now-love of avocados, here’s my fresh, fast, and delicious homemade guacamole recipe. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Fresh & Flavorful Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 c. red onion, small diced
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced (seeds removed)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp. course sea salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Scoop out the avocados and mash in a medium sized bowl.

  2. Add the onion, cilantro, garlic, and jalapeño. Stir to combine.

  3. Taste, then add the lime juice, salt and pepper to your liking.

**If planning to serve with chips, use them to taste. The amount of acid and salt required may be affected by the flavor of the chips.

**If not serving immediately, the following steps will help prevent browning:

  1. Place a pit/seed from the avocado into the finished guacamole. Add more lime juice squeezed over the surface, and seal -- preferably with a tight fitting lid or with parchment paper pressed against the surface . The less air contact with your guacamole the better.

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