Got a party coming up and want a great avocado dip recipe? Look no further, the following guide will show you how to make guacamole – a mouth watering traditional Mexican food that’s healthy as well as delicious!

The History of Guacamole

Guacamole was made and eaten by the ancient Aztecs. They prized the avocado, not only for its high fat content but because they also considered it to be an aphrodisiac!

When the Conquistadors invaded South America they too developed a taste for avocado-based dishes. As the Conquistadors returned home the tangy, flavoursome dish of guacamole made its way with them to Spain and thence to Mexico where it has become a traditional food and an accompaniment to many Mexican dishes.

Traditional guacamole was prepared in a vessel known as a molcajete. Today we know this piece of ancient kitchen equipment as a mortar and pestle.

Guacamole – Uses

Guacamole is a versatile avocado dip that is often served with corn chips and tortillas. It is also used in Mexican cooking in taco filling and as a topping for burritos. The smooth, satisfying texture of guacamole makes it ideal as a nourishing snack or as an ever-popular party food. By learning how to make guacamole you’ll never be at a loss when those hungry hoards arrive.

Avocados

The primary ingredient of guacamole is the avocado. Haas avocados are the preferred variety as they provide rich flavour and a smooth textured flesh.

The secret of good guacamole is to use ripe avocados. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that mashing unripe avocados will give the same result – you might be able to turn them into a paste, but they just won’t have the flavour.

A ripe avocado should not feel mushy or soft, but it should dent a little when pressed with the thumb.

If you want to speed up the ripening of unripe avocados, place them together in a paper bag and leave in a sunny spot for a day or two.

Guacamole Recipe

To make three cups of guacamole follow the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 white onion very finely chopped
  • 2 finely diced chillies (more or less depending on your taste for hotness!)
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • Juice of one lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cut each avocado in half length-ways. Strike the stone sharply with the blade of a knife so that the blade embeds in the stone. Twist the knife quickly in a quarter circle and pull the stone out of the avocado. Use a dessertspoon to scoop the flesh away from the skin.
  2. Mash the onion, chillies, garlic and coriander together. If you have a mortar and pestle you can use this, otherwise use a fork and a bowl.
  3. Mash the avocados into this mixture using a fork or potato masher. The amount of mashing you do depends on how smooth you like your guacamole – some people like a very smooth paste, others prefer a chunkier guacamole with greater texture.
  4. Stir in the chopped tomato and lime juice and season to taste.

Storage

Guacamole will only keep for about a day. If you do have to store it, place a sheet of cling film directly onto the surface of the guacamole (to prevent exposure to air) and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Guacamole will not freeze successfully.

Be Prepared

By using the guacamole recipe above you’ll always be prepared when your friends turn up brandishing bottles of tequila, singing La Cucaracha and demanding whether or not you know how to make guacamole.

To see more about making guacamole check out this video.

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