I have a confession. I didn’t try guacamole until I was over 40 years old. Want to guess why? I thought it looked gross. How’s that for an adventurous eater? But then something happened that changed my mind. Two of my kids spent several months living as missionaries in Mexico. While there, they ate guacamole often and rather than tire of it, they wanted to eat it at home too.
With the two of them raving about how delicious it was, I decided that I not only needed to try it, but that I should also learn how to make it. That first bite was really all it took to convince me that not only guacamole, but also avocados, would be a staple in our home.
While not authentically Mexican, this is the easy guacamole with cilantro recipe that I follow.
First you need to gather your ingredients:
2-3 Key Limes
You may also opt to add onions, tomatoes or jalapeno peppers to your guacamole.
Choosing the perfect avocado.
It took me some trial and error before I learned how to select an avocado that had ripened just enough but wasn’t overly ripe. Look for an avocado that has a darker skin. Hold the avocado gently in your hand and squeeze lightly. You want an avocado that gives a little bit, but not too much. If it is really soft, it’s too ripe. If it’s still hard, it hasn’t ripened enough. You need to select one that is somewhere in the middle.
How to make Easy Guacamole with Cilantro in Minutes
Slice the avocados in half and remove the seed. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and place it in a bowl.
Add the lime juice immediately to prevent discoloration.
Use a fork to mash the avocado. I like my guacamole to be smooth, but retain a few chunks so I don’t over mash.
Add ½ tsp. minced garlic, ½ cup of finely chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir until everything is mixed.
Add optional ingredients if desired.
Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
That’s it. It is that easy. And if you’re anything like me, guacamole will become one of your new favorite foods. Seriously. It is that good.
Do you like guacamole? What do you add to yours?
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