Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ultimate Guacamole | Friday Night Bites

I love a great dip.  Whether it is a perfect caramelized onion dip, spinach dip with crunchy water chestnuts or flavored hummus – it is one of the most simple appetizers to prepare.  Although I don’t indulge too often, a great handmade guacamole is a treat around our house.  It is a beginning of summer type dip that typically in California and other parts of the country comes out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  I missed the boat this year on celebrating this holiday, so I whipped up my Ultimate Guacamole for our Friday Night Bite weekly tradition.

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Sure, there are a million ways you can make guacamole and whatever is your favorite is the right way, in my opinion.  I tend to like to pack a big punch of flavors in mine and it even becomes better the next day.  Not always sure if there will be some for the next day. 

The ingredients and quantities I put into my recipe work for me.  You may want to add more or less of an ingredient.  You could substitute limes for lemons or create a combination of both.  You could use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.  It could be interesting to use small heirloom cherry tomatoes to add a dimension of color.  The possibilities are endless. 

As far as cocktail or wine pairing for guacamole, the standard would be a cold beer.  You could also whip up a pitcher of Sangria, either red or white.  Would love to hear your ideas on unique ingredients you put into your guacamole!

Ultimate Guacamole

4 Ripe Avocados
2/3 Cup Onion, minced
2 Jalapenos, seeded and minced
½ Cup Cilantro, rough chopped
2 Limes, juiced
3 to 4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ Cup Grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 teaspoon Salt
8 to 10 grinds of fresh pepper

In a large bowl add the ripe avocados.  Simply slice the avocado lengthwise and use a large knife to remove the pit.  Scoop out the avocado from the shell.  Repeat until all four are complete.  Use a fork to mash avocado until creamy.

Add the minced onion, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Mix well with a spoon.  Taste to determine if you need to add more of any ingredient.  Last, add the tomatoes and gently toss into the avocado mixture.  Let sit in refrigerator for an hour and taste again for adjustments to the seasoning.  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.


  1. Thanks for the recipe, always wanted to try to make my own guacamole. Sounds delicious!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. Lisa, this sounds great, love your photos too! I just recently started adding a bit of fish sauce to my guac. It sounds strange but adds a delicious dimension.

  3. This recipe looks so good, I too love my dips and my family loves homemade guacamole. My sister and I are hosting a BBQ Block Party today and would love it if you would join us and show off this recipe.
    Hope to see you there

  4. Love this recipe! I could live happily on guacamole. (Thanks for the Sangria recommendation!)

  5. Love this guacamole! Like Valerie, I could make a meal out of this :). Have a great weekend!

  6. Love a fresh guacamole, and love the idea of using cherry tomatoes. Beautiful photos too
    Janie x

  7. I love a good dip too! I'm liking the addition of tomatoes-so healthy, I might add!!
    I agree with Valerie -I could live on guacamole and have often planted myself in front of a bowl of guacamole and chips at a party, please pass me a Margarita and I'm in heaven ;-)

  8. MMM...I love guacamole! I am actually standing over my stove now caramelizing onions for a dip - love dips!

  9. I am happy just having dips and especially, a great guac. I buy avocados every time I get over to my fruit market-can't wait to make your recipe!

  10. This is very similar to the way I make my guar--I love tons of lime flavor in it. This looks perfect, Lisa. I've been eating it by the bowlful since coming home from Mexico. :)

  11. Oddly enough, winter is the avocado season Down Under and the fruit is just coming into its prime and cheaper about now?! Love guacamole and make it rather the way you do but without the tomatoes . . . perchance some finely diced to dress up the bowl - well tomato season it is not here :) ! I love it on toast or flatbreads and a glass of dry white is just perfect :) !

  12. I'm not kidding when I said I can eat avocados every day of my life and not tire of it! Guacamole is my fave way to eat avocados! I haven't tried it with garlic, by maybe I should. Instead of garlic, I usually add some green onions :) I love guacamole!!!! And this is coming from a girl (me) who didn't like avocados for the first half of her life! Imagine that! I'm glad I discovered this super fruit!

  13. Guacamole is one of all time favorite dips, I love your recipe and the photos are great! The I add some cilantro and sour cream to mine along with the rest of your lovely ingredients.


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