The Best Guacamole

 

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It’s the season where windows start to open, walks and bike rides own the after work/school schedule and basketball is on our television more frequently than any other time of year.

Guacamole is a year-round kind of snack, but it’s particularly ideal for getting together with a group of friends for basketball and chatting. (Or book club/girls’ night/any gathering involving people + food.) If I’m being transparent, I’ve never followed a recipe for guacamole before. It’s one of those things I make with such frequency, I just taste as I go. (Perks of the “job.”) My sisters always request this snack, and are known to have avocados, lime and garlic waiting on the counter when I show up at their place, to remind me what they’re hoping for. Since all four of my sisters live in a different state than me, I thought it would be a nice spring gift to give them, and you, the best recipe.

Take liberty to make this spicier, creamier or simpler than what I’ve listed below. If it tastes good to you, it’s the best guacamole. After dozens (maybe hundreds?) of times mashing avocados, crushing garlic, finely dicing jalapenos and cracking fresh pepper, this version is my personal favorite.

Best Guacamole
4 ripe Hass avocados
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, de-seeded and finely diced (feel free to keep some seeds if you like the heat)
3 TBSP red onion, finely diced
juice of 1/2 – 1 lime
sea salt and black pepper
15 – 20 grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)

Cut your avocados in half and take the pit out. Score each avocado half. Quarter your tomatoes, dice your jalapeño and red onion, and mince your garlic.

Scoop the avocado into a good-sized bowl. Add the garlic, jalapeño, red onion and freshly squeezed lime juice. Using a fork, mash it all together, leaving some chunks of avocado.

Add salt and pepper, tasting as you go to get your preferred amounts. Fold in the tomatoes. Add cilantro at the end if you’d like!

A note on being simple – you will absolutely be happy with yourself if you only use the avocado, lime, garlic, salt and pepper. It’s simple, yes, but undeniably satisfying. All the other ingredients just take it to the next level. Also, this will be enough for 3 – 4 people. (Though, let’s be serious, you could probably eat the whole bowl.) Multiply as needed for larger groups.

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Cheers!

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