I adore avocados. I love the texture, the taste, and the color. I am happy eating plain slices of avocado, but given my love of garlic, tomatoes, and onions, guacamole is a big favorite of mine.
I have tried many different recipes over the years, some complicated, some less so. I ended up finding what is for me the perfect balance of flavors and textures by using as few ingredients as possible.
Here is how I do it. First, the ingredients:
- 2 avocados, peeled and chopped
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 medium tomato, chopped
- 1/4 medium onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste.
So simple, so easy. The flavor is clean, fresh, and zesty,and I find the “fork-mashed with some lumps left” texture to be more satisfying than guacamole that is pureed.
If you want some complexity, try adding some cumin or cayenne pepper. And, for a bit more richness, add some olive oil. But, I really enjoy the simple version. And, I NEVER add salt. I did once and found it brought out a bitter flavor, which surprised me, since salt can bring out sweetness.
In any case, if you are new to making guacamole, or have been using a more complicated recipe for years, give this one a try. I bet you’ll like it.