Oh, the guacamole recipe conundrum… As someone who has to do all the cooking and baking, it’s always a treat when someone else offers to make a meal for you. I’m easily impressed when people cook for me– I’ll practically eat anything, and I do so with great joy. There is just one rare instance in which very few people can impress me, and it’s with homemade guacamole. Not enough lime, and my fervency to dip into the guacamole drops to a zero. It’s almost as exciting as huge puffy coats on a toddler in 60-degree weather (I was that child. Ask my mother.). My best friend Meghan knows this, and she’ll ensure you if we’re having guacamole, I’ll always add more lime.
I’m sure I’m not the only one. I feel like there’s a huge conundrum around guacamole, in general. It doesn’t matter whom I talk with– Mexican or non-Mexican, everyone has an opinion about how it should be made. I’ve read and heard it all. Some swear by lime, some insist that lime mustn’t even be present. I like lime. I need lime. It cuts through the richness of the avocado and adds something that makes my tastebuds sing. This is the limiest homemade guacamole you’ll likely ever have, and I like it this way. This easy guacamole recipe is basically 5 ingredients, and doesn’t take much effort at all to make.
My guacamole recipe game is strong. Guacamole, for me has to pack a huge punch. The avocado needs to be roughly mashed and properly seasoned with the right things. Salt and red onion are where I like to start. Lime is next. The lime is non-negotiable when it comes to me; a small lime per avocado is the only way to go. Everything else is fair game. Tomatoes are a nice addition– not too much though. If you’ve a one-to-one ratio of tomato and avocado, it means you need more avocado. A handful of roughly chopped cilantro is nice too; it adds nice bright and earthy citrus notes to the entire dish. It’s not necessary, though, especially if you’re not into cilantro. Jalapeño or serrano pepper is also optional. I usually go with the prior, and I like the smallest amount of it– just enough to wake up your taste buds after each bite. Add as much as you can handle.
Guacamole is one of those things that you need to keep tasting as you go. I recommend doing so with the chips you’re serving alongside the dip. With chips, I’m easy– I go for something everyone likes that isn’t heavily salted and is thick enough to scoop up tons of delicious guacamole.
With guacamole, everything is pretty much fair game. Now, go forth and guac on!