Guacamole is simple. So simple that you might not say it needs a recipe. But in today’s world of more is more, finding perfect guacamole can be hard. I’ve seen guacamole with bacon or blue cheese, and don’t get me started on filler tomatoes. But I’m a simple gal (lol) and I just want my guacamole to be simple, avocado forward, and perfectly seasoned, just like this recipe for perfect guacamole is!
Guacamole is one of the world’s perfect foods. Creamy, fatty, delicately balanced with flavors from salt, lime, cilantro and onion, it’s a miracle so many people make an effort to mess it up. With the exception of jalapeño, there are no other additions that make sense. NONE, ok!? Cue time for my rant on filler tomatoes…
Tomatoes have absolutely no place in guacamole. None. Get. Them. Out. Of. Here. “But I like tomatoes,” you might say. That’s cool, then add some salsa to your guac dipped chip. Tomatoes are the restaurant industry’s cheap filler bullsh*t that let’s them get away with giving YOU less avocado (read: flavor and goodness and arguably what you came for) while they pad their margins. I will not let this injustice stand. Please join me on my crusade to ban tomatoes from guacamole. They also just legitimately add nothing. Again, get in on some salsa if you want to add delicious tomato flavor to your perfect guacamole experience.
I also see large chunks of white onion sometimes littering guacamole. I’m ok if you prefer white to red onion in your guacamole (though why you’d pass up the beautiful color of red onions to make your guac even prettier, I don’t know, but you do you), but for the love of all that’s holy please, please cut them into a tiny dice. Small bits of onion mean that you will get a balanced bite with every dip, instead of getting blasted here and there by a ginormo piece of onion.
Ok, we’ve now covered a few of the key tenets of perfect guacamole (small ingredient list, finely diced ingredients) and we are at our last commandment if you will. Salt. I can’t count the times I’ve eaten under-seasoned guacamole and been sorely disappointed. Avocados are fatty. They need salt so that the fat and salt can work in perfect harmony to deliver the flavor of the creamy avocados, tart lime juice, piquant onion, and herbaceous cilantro. Check the seasoning on your guac and don’t be afraid to add more salt.
I’ve now written what amounts to a manifesto on perfect guacamole. And you thought it didn’t need a recipe? Sometimes the most simple food needs the most love and attention, and I’m here to make sure it gets it!
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Perfect guacamole doesn’t need lots of bells and whistles – just ripe avocados, some simple seasoning and a light dusting of red onions and cilantro for punch.
- 3 ripe avocados
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 ½ heaping tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Scant ¼ cup of finely diced red onion
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Tortilla chips or veggies for serving
- Scoop the avocado into a large bowl and mash with a fork (or a potato masher works great here!)
- Add the lime juice, salt, onion and cilantro and stir to combine
- Check for seasoning and enjoy with chips, on top of burgers or bowls, or in any way your avocado loving heart desires!
- If you like your guacamole spicy, adding some finely diced jalapeño here would be perfect.
Keywords: guacamole, avocados, appetizers