There are thousands of different guacamole recipes floating around. However, with this authentic recipe, you can easily get a creamy, velvety, yet a bit crunchy mixture will surely become a beloved dip.
What Is Guacamole?
Guacamole is an avocado-based dip that is quite common in Mexican cuisine. It’s often eaten with tortilla chips or topped on tacos for a quick snack or light meal.
Guacamole finds its origins in the Southern of the country with written records back to the 16th century. During this time, the recipe has been varied to taste, however, the main elements are always avocado, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.
Is Guacamole Healthy?
Guacamole is made from avocados, tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and sometimes calls for other ingredients like garlic, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. The health benefits of guacamole primarily come from avocado.
Avocado is full of folate and vitamin E – factors that help reduce the risk of heart diseases. Oleic acid within is proven to be strongly associated with reduced risks of diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Fibre, besides healthy fats, is also found in avocado. It will take plenty of time to digest these substances, so you will feel full longer. Most importantly, the healthy fats in avocados are monounsaturated fats – an absolute powerful assistant for your weight loss schemes.
Tomatoes have a sufficient bunch of vitamin C and vitamin E to boost your immune system and improve your health overall.
Each serving of guacamole made following our recipe provides 256 calories. We recommend serving the dish as a side and accompanying it with a main to reach 750 calories for lunch or dinner.
There are 25.4 grams of carbohydrates in one serving of our guacamole, which accounts for 9 percent of the USDA recommended daily carbs intake.
This guacamole recipe is meant to be easy to prepare and delicious. This blend contains some fresh ingredients that melt together nicely and smoothly.
1. Avocado Guacamole
Avocado guacamole is the most authentic recipe which calls for only six ingredients: avocado, onion, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, and salt. Don’t let the simplicity of the recipe fool you, this creamy dip has been always a staple in Mexican cuisine for a good reason.
Thanks to the combination of creamy, sharp, and sour elements, the result in flavor is way more diverse than the short list ingredients. You can scoop it over tortilla chips, spread it on sandwiches, or simply combine it with salad.
It’s easy to master the guacamole and once you make this basic version successfully, you can experiment with your favorite add-ins.
2. Spicy Guacamole
Peppers pack in extra heat flavor to the creamy and chunky avocado. The crunchiness of onion and freshness of cilantro balance out the flavor in the guacamole, making sure that your dip has a nice touch of heat from chilies but not too overwhelming.
Protip: If the heat is too intense for you, remove the seeds and the white membranes of peppers before chopping them.
Everyone has their opinions about this avocado-based dip.
Some like to keep simple so that they can enjoy the fresh mild taste of avocado by adding only salt and lemon juice. Others like to go crazy on the mix-ins: ground peppers, chilies, garlic powder, onion powder, or cumin.
If you’re feeling adventurous, here are some inspired combos.
1. Taco Seasoning
Mix the same spices used in tacos for a savory guac which beautifully pairs with chicken or beef taco.
- 2 tbsp chilies powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
2. Chipotle Seasoning
This chipotle seasoning is not only great on meat but delivers a great spicy note for any Mexican dish.
- 1 tbsp chipotle powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp found coriander
- 1 tsp salt
Note: to make these spices, you need a small bowl. Combine all the listed ingredients and stir together until well combined. Keep the mixture in a jar, season it to your dip to reach your desired taste.
What Else Goes With Guacamole
Guacamole can be made with many different ingredients and additives. A small tip on how to create a new tasty guacamole recipe is that don’t be afraid to try on flavor pairings.
Green peas identify the green color of your guac since they don’t turn brown like avocado. Besides, you really can’t taste them while they add a slight sweetness to the dip. Not to mention, peas are a great source of fiber, vitamin A, iron, and folate.
Note: thaw frozen green peas before using. Then combine them with other ingredients and blend them together in a food processor.
Marry two of your favorite Mexican dip in a bowl and you’ll have this mouth-watering dip— salsa guacamole. The tangy flavor from tomatillos and silky texture from avocado elevate the dish to the next level.
3. Sour Cream
Sour cream adds a little acidity which helps the fresh color of avocado last longer. Plus, it also makes the dip extra creamy, smooth, and more addictive. You can try adding roasted corn for a contrasting texture and vibrant color.
A teaspoon of mayonnaise is perfect to amp up the creaminess of your guac. This dip is great on burgers or chopped up in a salad.
How to Make Homemade Guacamole
Step 1: Mash avocado
Add avocado, salt, cumin, and lime juice in a bowl. Use a fork to mash the mixture until blended.
Step 2: Combine tomatoes, pepper, onion
Add tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, red onion, garlic, scallion, and cilantro. Fold until combined, being careful not to overmix the dip.
Step 3: Serve
Serve with tortilla chips.
Is It Okay To Eat Guacamole That Has Turned Brown?
I suppose there are numerous people wondering whether they can eat guacamole when it is not green anymore. This actually depends.
If the guacamole has turned brown due to oxidation, then it’s fine and should not make you sick. However, the flavor surely won’t be the same as that when it was fresh. On the other hand, if the brown is due to a microbial or fungal invasion, then it’s probably not safe to have a bite.
“So, how do you tell the differences between these two?” you might ask.
No big deal, indeed. As you might not have known, fungus-invaded avocados can be told right from the outlook, which means you can totally pull yourself out clean and clear before checkout.
Avocados with microbial problems normally appear pale with brownish scars on their skin, resembling damage from fungus. Sometimes they come covered with webbed patterns or roundish blotches which rot to the inside fruit flesh, so there’s no longer the supposed-to-be fresh, green color.
Can You Make Guacamole Ahead Of Time?
Yes, but still – it’s better to enjoy guacamole on the same day. The reason for that is simply because avocados will go brown quickly whenever kept cut for over a day, even under refrigeration.
In case you have no other ways but to leave leftovers to brown – don’t fret, just scrape off the top and the remaining should be all green and edible.
How Long Does Guacamole Last?
Guacamole, containing avocado, turns brown quickly as the result of air exposure. You should keep the dish at room temperature for 2 hours at maximum.
For longer storage, place plastic wrap directly on top of your guacamole which will protect it from open-air. The dip can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Can You Freeze Guacamole?
Yes, you can. However, the freezing and thawing process will change the texture for sure. The liquid might separate from the mixture which affects the fresh and buttery taste of the dip.
Guacamole should have to be put in a bowl, along with some cut up lime slices or drops of lime juice on the surface. Then, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Otherwise, spread a thin layer of sour cream onto the smooth surface of the guacamole and cover it with plastic wrap before freezing it.
What to Eat With Guacamole
Composed of diced onions, tomatoes, and cilantro, guacamole easily shines with varieties.
There has been a classic courtship between guacamole and tortilla chips. They are starchy enough to support guacamole and salty enough to complement the creaminess from the dip.
If you’ve been through breakfast with avocado toast, then now it’s time for some upgrading. Tired of toast? Let give toasted hamburger buns a try.
Roasted shrimp, cooked the same way as the one to dip into the cocktail sauce, tastes amazing when paired with guacamole. Another way to enjoy this dip is to spread it directly in smoked salmon. Then served it with some rice or pasta for a fulfilling and nutritious meal.
And you can forget about the fatty ranch and other sauces. Dip crunchy, cool veggies like carrots into it for a delicious, healthy midday snack.If you are looking for a healthy snack or a light appetizer, our pico de gallo is a great option.
- 8 oz avocado cubed
- 2 oz cherry tomatoes chopped
- 0.5 oz jalapeno pepper chopped
- 1 oz red onion chopped
- 2 tbsp scallion chopped
- 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic chopped
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 4 oz tortilla chips
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- Add avocado, salt, cumin, and lime juice in a bowl. Use a fork to mash the mixture until blended.
- Add tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, red onion, garlic, scallion, and cilantro. Fold until combined, being careful not to overmix the dip.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
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