First recipe! I decided to kick off our culinary adventure together with guacamole – fantastic for all cooking levels. A college student could make it in their dorm room if they were determined enough. When I am asked to bring an appetizer to a party, wine night, Netflix-binging-get-together, you NAME it – there’s a 99% chance it will be this guacamole. Everyone from your grandparents to little munchkins eat it right up and you’ll be asked to make it again and again.
You see, avocados are magical. They’re one of my main food groups. If any dish is subpar, throw an avo on it and it’s instantly transformed. Guacamole is the perfect combination of this magical fruit (yes, fruit!) with an addicting spicy kick. In fact, sometimes I make it for dinner. And I’m completely okay with that. After all, its practically all veggies! And avocados are healthy fats! Ignore the bag of tortilla chips I inhale with this guac.
The best part? It takes a relatively sharp knife and 15 minutes to make. No cooking involved.
Some FAQ about avocados. Because I know you’re all curious.
Q: What if my avocados are not ripe and I need them tomorrow?
A: Throw them in a baggie with some bananas – it speeds up the ripening process.
Q: What do I do with my my half-leftover avocado?
A: Keep the pit in the leftover half, rub some lemon or lime juice on the exposed green, and throw in a ziplock bag in the fridge. It should be good for a few days. Any brown? Try and trim it off – it might be green underneath! Throw on eggs with salsa, toast with hard boiled eggs, salad with bacon, or a sandwich.
Q: So how do I take out this giant pit?
A: As demonstrated in the picture above, cut into the pit and twist your knife. The pit should pop out easily. Use a kitchen towel when removing the pit from the knife so you don’t cut your hand!
Q: Avocados are expensive sometimes, are they worth it?
A: Absolutely, yes. But NOT if they’re overripe at the store! If they’re super squishy…No Good! Try and find one that’s pretty sturdy with a little give. You can pop off the stem from the top of the ‘cado. If it’s green underneath, the avocado is still good!
Q: Can I just grow an avocado tree with my leftover pit?
A: Good luck. From my research, it’s entirely too complicated. But you can grow the tomatoes for the guacamole!
So, for this week’s Taco Tuesday, throw this into the mix! I hope you all enjoy.
- 1 cup Roma tomatoes, chopped
- ⅔ cup red onion, chopped
- 1.5 - 2 serrano peppers, chopped
- 3 medium avocados, cubed
- ½ cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
- Juice from ½ lime
- Kosher salt to taste (I used 1 teaspoon)
- Your favorite tortilla chips to dip
- Chop and cube your ingredients, adding to a medium mixing bowl. Be careful not to chop too finely - it's meant to be chunky!
- Gently mash the ingredients into the avocado with a fork.
- Add salt and lime, mixing into the guacamole.
- Taste - with a chip! - and add salt or lime to taste.