Anyone have a fail-safe recipe for a quick, simple gaucamole?
Made one tonight and it was good, but not outstanding.
I used a ripe avocado, as well as lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
What am I missing? Don't want anything over-complicated or that masks the taste of the avocado.
Boy, there are some pretty wild interpretations on guacamole out there.
I was raised on the idea that guacamole = avocado + tomato salsa. But in the last few years I have realized that I greatly prefer the minimalist approach. That said, I don't always stick to the trinity of avocado, lime, and salt. Here's what I do:
Fresh lime juice
Jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped (Optional*)
Garlic, minced (Optional*)
Combine all ingredients and mash with a fork (or potato masher if you've got a lot of it). Serve immediately.
*These I omit when the guac is mainly going to be condiment on something else like a tostada, taco, or salad. But when I eat it with chips, I like the added complexity that they add. Use them sparingly (about 1 chile and one-half clove of garlic for every TWO avocados) so that they allow the trinity to shine. Though I'm a huge spicy food junkie, I remove the seeds and ribs for guac because I don't want it to be spicy.
When I have not-so-good avocados, which happens during the colder months sometimes, I'll go back to the avocado + salsa format and add chopped tomatoes and onions to the above. But this is becoming nearly extinct in my kitchen.
I personally would NEVER add many of the other ingredients mentioned in this thread, as I agree with the OP that I "don't want anything over-complicated or that masks the taste of the avocado." Black pepper and cilantro top the list of no-nos for me as I think just a tiny bit ruins the other flavors. Also forbidden are: cumin, sour cream, zest, cheese, bottle sauces and salsas, oils.
2 ripe dark green avacados
1/2 clove of garlic mashed to a paste with salt using knife
minced cilantro to taste
minced jalapeno to taste
juice of one small lime or half a big one
dash or two of hot sauce
mash together to desired chunkiness.
Things i do not want in my guacamole-cream cheese, sour cream or mayo
Yes, lots of ideas on what is authentic guac. I always get rave reviews on my guac, after lots of variations, here is the recipe of choice:
2 ripe Hass avocados
Approx 4-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 plum tomato, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste if necessary
A few dashes of durkees "red hot" sauce, again, to taste
After mixing this all up, I do a few tastes. Sometimes it needs a few more dashes of red hot sauce, salt, or lemon...it varies. It's pretty easy to figure out what's lacking though, and then just doctor it up, as necessary.
I have tried it with lime, I prefer lemon. Gives the guac a bit more of a tang. Used to put in abt 1/4 cup of onion, but I'm not a raw onion fan and I decided the recipe could really take it or leave it.
I am a guac purist and firmly believe that you should never add anything like Mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, to guac. That's not guac, but more like a guac "dressing."
1 or more ripe Hass avocados
salt to taste
fresh lime juice to taste (optional)
Peel and pit avocados. Mash with a fork. Stir in salt and lime juice gradually until it tastes right.
If the avocados are good, it's a sin to add anything else. If you want it spicy, serve salsa on the side.
avocado, salt, lime juice, onion, maybe a little garlic, sometimes some ground cumin, or if I'm really lazy a big spoonful of fresh salsa if I've got some (don't use the stuff that's in a jar).
My mom got her recipe from a friend from Veracruz; all she puts in hers is salt and onion. Not even any lime juice. It's okay, but the lime juice really makes it pop.
I used to work at a Mexican place in New York whose guac was the main attraction - I think it got write-ups in Gourmet. I don't have the gigantic stone mortar and pestle, so it's a little on the chunky side (which I kind of prefer anyway), but it's easy as pie and delicious. Here's the link:
Here is the recipe in detail. Its pretty easy.
3/4 of a brick of softened Cream Cheese (or more)
1/4 cup salsa (or more)
1 tsp garlic powder (or more)
juice of 1/2 a lemon (or lime)
salt and pepper to taste
Mash the avocado and cream cheese together (with a fork or potato
masher), add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
See so easy, not even so much a recipe!
If I had to make these overly-complicated guacamole recipes, I'd never make guacamole!
Mine is avocado mashed with a fork, lime juice and kosher salt. Period. I believe anything else gets in the way of the true avocade taste.
I will also make a salad of chunked avocado, tomato, sweet onion, lime juice and salt, but that is not guacamole. It is very good, however.
i beg to differ. In Mexico, all I ever get servied is mashed avocado, lime juice and salt. For the sake of a citation, I give you Wikipedia:
Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip from the time of the Aztecs. In addition to avocados, the basic ingredients are lime juice, salt, and a large amount of black pepper (although authentic guacamole omits black pepper as it was not known in Mexico in Aztec times). Variations often include tomato, chiles, onion, coriander, garlic, and other spices...
Recipes for guacamole vary, and are somewhat dependent on availability of ingredients as well as personal taste. The most basic of these is mashed avocados with a pinch of salt and sometimes a dash of lime juice.
So I reassert that I prefer the simplicity of a guacamole that highlights the flavor of fresh, ripe avocado.
I had to edit the Wiki entry. "a large amount of black pepper" is absurd. I have had guac all over California and Mexico, in restaurants and in homes, and rarely if ever does it contain black pepper, much less a large amount of it. It does show up sometimes, mostly in American (non-Mexican) homes, but it is not remotely part of the standard recipe or basic ingredients from what I have seen.
All I do is add diced and seeded tomatoes (the best you can find), finely diced red onion, fresh lime (not lemon) juice (make sure to roll the limes to release juices) and salt (drop of pepper) to taste. Use your judgement as to the amounts... I love tomato and red onion so if it is just me and the hubby, I add more, eyeball it to your taste.
You can add some minced/finely chopped garlic if you like, I do not (don't think it is needed) and we love garlic.
I leave it chunky, not too much so to break the chips but I do not cream it.
My gaucamole is requested at every gathering and it gets rave reviews. It is so simple and like other posters mentioned, simple can be best sometimes. We eat it fairly often due to avocado being one of my few pregnancy cravings.
Enjoy experimenting, try it different ways to see which you prefer...
I pretty much keep it simple as most of the posters when I have the time, but if neighbors or friends drop by and I need some guac right now, I use Frontera's(Rick Bayless) guacamole mix. I'll add some fresh lime juice,just a dash of evoo, and a bit of salt,plus a few T. of mix to a nice ripe avacado. If I have some fresh cilantro, I'll mince a bit and add, but if not, the mix has some in it so it isn't necessary. I know it's cheating,but it has great flavor and contains no presevatives. If you've ever had guac at frontera grill, this mix will give you a very close second to theirs.
Keep your guacamole simple and aviod adding any more ingredients other than those below.
4-6 ripe avocado's (should be slightly soft but not totally mushy)
1 to 2 small ripe roma tomato's drained, seeded, and diced
1/2 small white onion diced fine
small bunch of chopped cilantro
1 to 2 serrano peppers diced fine
salt to taste
1 to 2 teaspoon's of fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 to 2 garlic cloves chopped (optional)
crumbled Mexican anejo cheese (available in most Mexican stores and many specialty stores as well)
Place half of all ingredients and set in bottom of large bowl except for avocados and lime/lemon juice, and crumbled cheese.
Next remove avocados from peel with spoon. Add avocados to bowl and mash ingredients to desired consistency with potato masher. Do not over mash.
Next add lime or lemon and more of the ingredients to desired proportions/flavor.
Using a potato masher rather than a fork will extract more flavor from the ingredients.
Crumble some anejo cheese over top of guacamole.
This recipe will surely impress. Everyone will be asking for it again and again.
Three things you are missing that are key to make my grandmother's guacamole. I am from Colombia, not Mexico, so we don't do it spicy, but add jalapenos if you wish.
1) Lime, not lemon
2) Cilantro, chopped finely
3) Grated white onion. I cannot tell you how key this is. It is indispensable. Much better than garlic, and the juice of the grated onion is what puts it in another level.
IMO, simplicity is the key for a good guacamole.
Plus, the avocados need to be ripe. The stupid avocados that sell here (New York) need to be rapped in newspaper for 2 or 3 days for them to get to a good point.
Adding a little pinch of ground cumin is nice along with cilantro, a little red onion, a little diced tomato and, of course, some japapeno, fresh is best but pickled if you don't have fresh. And, always fresh lime juice. I just mash the avacado with a fork, like to leave some texture to it.
I have recently started zesting some lime zest into my guacamole and it adds a delicious tang to it. I chunk the avocado, I don't mash it since it tends to break down a little from the acid in the lime juice. I like tomato chunks in it, garlic for sure, kosher salt and cilantro.
Garlic is absolutely essential. Here's my recipe, which is easily doubled:
1 ripe avocado
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp cilantro, finely sliced
1/2 jalapeno, minced
juice of 1/2 a lime
salt to taste
The amounts of each ingredient used are variable, so add or take away depending on your personal tastes. I always get raves on this guacamole.
I guess I'm just a tomato snob (being from NJ and all). If I can't really taste the tomato, my philosophy is "why put it in at all?" I hate getting a sandwich or a burger that has tomato on it and all it provides is color.
For my guacamole, I get enough moisture from the lime juice and I really like to prevent anything masking the taste of the avocado. Personal preference, I guess.
one ripe avocado
one clove of garlic, diced
one-half to a full jalapeno, preferably charred or toasted on a dry skillet, diced
fresh cilantro (leaves and stalk) to taste
mix together in a bowl, mashing the avocado and combining the other ingredients
add juice of one lime and a pinch of kosher salt and mix once more..
Since you want to keep it simple, just scoop out your avocado, mash it with a fork (or potato masher if you have several avocados), squeeze some lime over it, add some very finely diced tomato, put some onion in a garlic press and squeeze the juice over the mixture, and mix. Salt to taste (it may not need any). When in doubt, add less of everything except the avocado - you can always add more.
here's my recipe, which tends to get a decent amount of compliments (these are all aprox., and according to taste):
1/2 a white onion
2 med sized tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
jalapeno/green chili (if you like spicy)
3-4 avocados...the smaller black ones, not the green ones
1/2 of a lime
cilantro (if you like cilantro)
chop the onion and tomatoes into cubes. Chop the garlic into a few pieces, and do the same with the jalapeno.
Put the garlic, jalapeno and onion into the blender. Add a little of the tomatoes so that mix will blend easily. Also squeeze a quarter of the lime juice into the blender. Blend until liquid.
Scoop the avocado into a bowl, and then mash it with a fork. (mashing with a fork tends to leave the avocado with some texture). Then mix in the cubed tomatoes. Pour in some of the "salsa" from the blender, then taste. Then add more salsa if needed or more lime juice. Serve, and enjoy!
Use lime juice instead of lemon juice and the flavors will immediately come together for you. Lemon just just won't give you that authentic guacamole flavor.
You can dress it up with a little bit of tomatoes, cilantro, and red onion, but the simplest recipe is lime juice and salt. No pepper.