A simple guacamole recipe featuring only avocados, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Plus, how to pick the perfect avocado!
I like my guacamole like I like my men — simple. Not like, simple-minded, just ya know, like…simple. A no-frills or fuss, no drama, straight-forward kind of simple. And, I’ll tell ya, that’s exactly what I married into.
There’s just no reason to go around chopping and mincing all kinds of additional ingredients when the avocado is perfectly capable of standing up on its own, and I like I said before, simple and straightforward is the way to go when it comes to guacamole.
Avocado, lime, cilantro, and a tidbit of Kosher salt is all you need. Throw it all in a bowl, grab yourself a sturdy fork or a potato masher (if you wanted to be super authentic, heck you could even go ahead and pull out the molcajete) and start mashing out some aggressions.
Tips for Working with Avocados
HOW TO PICK AN AVOCADO
Avoid vibrant green, hard avocados. Look for blackened avocados, but avoid those with a white powdery coating. Applying only a small amount of pressure, run your fingers over the skin of the avocado. The avocado should feel full, and without crevices, or mushy points. This is an indication of an overly ripe avocado. I perfectly ripened avocado should give slightly to a firm touch.
HOW TO EASILY CUT AN AVOCADO
Lay the avocado on its side. Using a sharp chefs knife, carefully cut from the stem in toward the pit. Once your knife comes into contact with the pit, begin turning the avocado in a clockwise motion, leaving the knife in place. Once you have made a 360° cut, twist the avocado halves slightly and open. Remove the pit and discard.
PAIR GUACAMOLE WITH:
- 3 large ripe Hass avocados, halved and pit removed
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of lime juice about 1 1/2 limes
- 1 tablespoon freshly minced cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
Scoop the fresh out of the avocado and combine with the remaining ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or a sturdy fork, mash together until guacamole reaches desired consistency. Serve alongside tortilla chips and enjoy.