Guacamole

I am in love with avocados. They are rich in nutrients, easy to manipulate with flavors, and the perfect healthy fat to add to your meal. About 10 years ago, after having some guac at a local restaurant, I decided I wanted to make my own. Do you ever get the store bought kind and it’s too creamy or has that “sour” taste of sour cream? Ick.

guac

When I took this picture, no lies, my mouth was watering because it was all I could do to wait the 10 seconds to take a bite. I love the fresh flavors and to play a little bit with more or less spice depending on who I am feeding at the time. This is the perfect side dish with your favorite tacos, something to bring to a friends game day, or just to have to take with you throughout the week when you’re at work. I also have a sneaky trick to help keep it fresh!

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 large avocados
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced and seeded
  •  1-2 roma tomatoes (depending on how much you like the sweetness)
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 c white, red, or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp sea salt, plus a little more for taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp adobo seasoning

How to Prepare:

  1. Slice your avocados in half, take out the pit and scoop out the avocado into a bowl. Save one pit!
  2. Add your lime juice, garlic, and spices and begin to work with a fork, mushing it down. If you like your guacamole more creamy or if you discover you have some “strings” of guac (ie it was too ripe), use an immersion blender to throw it into a food processor.
  3.  Add your onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and tomatoes. Gently stir together.

You’re done! Dip a chip, dip veggies, or add as a topping!

But wait! How do I keep it from getting brown? It looks so gross the next day!

My trick is to add the pit back into the guac. Get it nice and nestled in. Then, cover with saran wrap so it is touching the surface. Finish by adding a lid! You can always mix the guac back up and it will be green once again. If you like the citrus taste, add more lime juice as it will help the color keep.

Spicewise, I really enjoy Penzey’s spices. They are of amazing quality and you can get most spices and herbs in bulk if you are like me and use a ton in your cooking.

Don’t skimp on the cumin!

Enjoy!

Xo, Jasmine

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