In my family, our philosophy about guacamole is this: the best guacamole is the simplest. I grew up in New Mexico where Mexican food was as much a staple in our home as milk and bread. To me, guacamole is a required accompaniment to any Mexican meal.
My big sis, Nelda, taught me how to make guacamole many years ago. The rich, creamy flavor of the avocados takes center stage. And, it's so, so easy to make it this way. So, I'm sharing our simple family guacamole recipe today. I did have to figure out measurements in order to share this with you, because this is one of those recipes that we've always made by smashing an avocado on a plate and sprinkling on a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder--done. Now, for the first time, just so I can share this with Yummy readers, we have a written recipe for this time-tested family favorite.
Simple & Loaded versions. The printable recipe includes my simple, basic guacamole along with popular add-ins to make a loaded version for those who prefer it.
First, some basics about avocados and guacamole.
How To Buy, Ripen, & Store Avocados
Avocados are crazy good for you. Read about their health benefits here.
There are lots of varieties, but I think Haas are the best by far. Unripened avocados will ripen in about a week at room temperature. You can speed the ripening by a couple of days by placing them in a paper bag with a small piece of apple or banana. Once ripened, put them in the fridge where they will hold for up to 5 days. If I want to serve guacamole at a party and time it so that the avocados are ripe on party day, I buy unripened avocados a week ahead, ripen them in a paper bag, and transfer them to the fridge until it's time to make the guacamole on the day of the party.
How to keep guacamole from browning
What doesn't work. First, allow me to do some myth-busting. Hold onto your hats, this may surprise you...
I've read about these myth-busters in numerous places lately; it's been tested and well-explained by the food lab at SeriousEats. These were shocking revelations to me, a life-long guacamole maker.
What does work to keep guacamole from browning? Preventing its exposure to air. Oxygen is the culprit that turns avocados brown. How to accomplish that?
click here for Amazon link to Foodsaver I use and recommend.
Guacamole is freezable.
I had a bunch of guacamole leftover from the Mexican Buffet Dinner Party we had last fall, so I tried freezing it for the first time. I was amazed at how well it held up in the freezer. Use either the Ziploc plastic bags or Foodsaver bags as explained above. Flatten the guacamole in the bag so that it is in a thin layer (not a thick blob). Freeze it for up to 2 months. To thaw it, transfer the frozen bag to the fridge to thaw gradually, or put the frozen bag in a bowl of water to thaw it quickly.
NOTE: For best consistency, I don't recommend freezing guacamole that has additional ingredients like tomatoes. Only freeze plain, avocado-only guacamole.
On to the recipe.
Step-by-step photos for making Simple Guacamole
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: avocados, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, & garlic powder.
Step 2. Cut avocados in half lengthwise and twist to separate the halves. Whack the pit with the wider base of a knife blade and twist to remove the pit.
Step 3. Score the flesh of the avocado with the sharp end of a knife in a grid-like pattern to create cube shapes. Scoop out the pieces with a spoon.
Step 4. Sprinkle the cut avocados with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Done. So easy.
Loaded Guacamole. If you prefer your guacamole with some additional ingredients, any or all of these can be stirred in: chopped cilantro,tomatoes, onions, or peppers. (Suggested quantities are in the printable recipe below.) Some people also like to stir in salsa, hot sauce, or sour cream.
But for me, I like guacamole where the lightly seasoned avocados are the main only event. Chips and guacamole are a match made in heaven. It makes a great sandwich spread, too. Ever tried a BLTG (Bacon, lettuce, tomato & guacamole) sandwich? Awesome.
The challenge is to refrain from eating the whole bowl.
How do you like your guacamole--simple or loaded?
Make it a yummy day. ¡Ole!