Guacamole is one of those things that I will never ever buy from any restaurant or any grocery ever again. I have found how I like it, and I will forever be biased towards this guacamole. It’s not a strange, green paste. It’s chunky, it is very clearly avocado with fresh veggies. I love diced onions and tomatoes. Nothing is macerated or processed. In addition, I add in garlic, which I think makes everything better! However, the most important ingredient in this guacamole is cilantro. Cilantro is the pulse of guacamole, the dip just comes alive with a brightness and a freshness after cilantro is added! I advocate very very generous use of cilantro, but I understand that many people do not like the taste of cilantro. I would encourage any naysayers to at least try a little bit in this dish. It really does complete the flavor profile and add depth to the dip.
I also love to add a little lime and a nice heaping serving of kosher salt! These two flavors are incredible with the fatty, smoothness of the avocado. The acid of the lime is great because there isn’t really another fresh, acidic flavor represented here! The lime also keeps the avocado from turning brown so quickly.
Overall, the idea behind this guac recipe is to create a brighter, chunkier version of typical guacamole. Originally, when I came up with this recipe, I just thought: what do I want with my avocado? I decided not to look at any other guacamole recipes, and just to wing it. What resulted (and was perfected after a few tries), turns out to be something that is reminiscent of traditional guacamole, but with hopefully fresher flavors than you are used to!
The recipe is so easy to make too! It is great with chips but I will even eat spoonfuls of this by itself, because it is that delicious!
The Best, Homemade Guacamole
(makes about 2-3 large servings)
2 medium-sized, ripe avocados (I used one regular and two miniature avocados)
2 roma tomatoes
1/2 small clove of garlic
1/3 yellow onion
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
First, I scoop out the avocado into a bowl. I used miniature avocados because I just found out that they exist and I think they are the cutest things, so I had to include them!
At this point, you shouldn’t even worry about trying to mash them.
Next, dice the tomato, and mince the garlic. Then add both of those into the bowl.
Dice the onion and add that in!
Next, chop up the cilantro, and add it in. Then, squeeze out the juice from the lime on top of everything in the bowl.
You can chop the cilantro more finely if you’re not sure about liking the big chunks, but I think it is just amazing this way! Also, the end result resembles all of the ingredients more closely instead of looking like green mush!
Mix everything together really well, but not too much! You want it to stay very chunky!
Add in the kosher salt and pepper (I usually do about a teaspoon of salt).
Enjoy it with chips or by itself!