A Twist on Guacamole

A Twist on Guacamole Recipe


I'm particular about how I like my guacamole. Restaurants are typically too cheap to do it right - adding all sorts of ingredients to stretch the green gold. Pre-made guacamole products? Well, they run the spectrum from not-very-good to outright inedible. I hate to say it, but it's a rare thing to come across the perfect guacamole specimen - or guacamole recipe for that matter.

Great guacamole starts with perfectly ripe avocados (I always have to remind myself to plan ahead a day or two) - you'll know they are ready by cradling each candidate in your palm and pressing confidently against the the pebbled skin with the pads of your fingertips. If the flesh feels as if you might leave a faint mark, you likely have a good one. If the flesh feels as if it might collapse beneath your grip, move to the next - over ripe. Some people prefer the button test - you'll know an avocado is under ripe if you attempt to jostle the little stem button around a bit and it won't budge. Falls right out? It might be too ripe.

Other things to consider:

Resist the urge to over mix guacamole, it should have lots of big chunks - unruly texture bound together loosely with vibrant green avocado flesh. It is not a puree.

Tomatoes or no tomatoes? For the record, I'm against them. But more people than not use chopped tomatoes in their guacamole. They might actually work nicely in this variation I'm exploring today, but when I'm playing it straight - it's simply avocado, onions, garlic, lime and salt.

White onions, not yellow. White onions deliver a clean, sharp onion flavor that is less sweet and soft than your standard yellow onion. White onions cut through the richness of the avocado nicely.

I've been thinking about a way to put a twist on traditional guacamole, without it ending up gimmicky. I was after something familiar, yet different - a version of the chips/salsa/guac thing that happens at various social gatherings but with a fresh interpretation. It also occurred to me that if I was going to experiment, this might be the week to do it - with many of you heading to Superbowl parties and that sort of thing. So, here's what I came up with - an Indian-inspired variation of my favorite guacamole recipe. Instead of chips, I cut wedges of naan bread and baked them off in the oven for a bit until they crisped up. I subtly spiced the avocado with cumin and curry powder.

 
 
 
 

A Twist on Guacamole Recipe

Feel free to add a chopped tomato if you like, a bit of cilantro might be tasty as well. Many stores now sell reheatable naan bread - Whole Foods, etc. Totally fine for this recipe. Or, even better, stop into your favorite local Indian restaurant and pick up a stack to use for dipping.

1 small white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 avocados
1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
a few big pinches of cumin powder
a few big pinches of Indian curry powder

Garlic or plain naan bread, cut into wedges (not gluten free)

Heat oven to 350 and bake the naan wedges for 10 minutes or so - just enough for them to crisp up a bit.

In a small bowl combine the onion, garlic, and avocado flesh. Take the lime and give a generous squeeze or two. Add the salt, cumin and curry powder. Give everything a good stir, but don't overdo it. Taste. Now start adjusting. Do you need a bit more lime? A bit more salt? Want a stronger curry flavor? Go for it.

Serve in a bowl with a big pile of the naan wedges on the side and a sprinkling of curry powder on top (a bit of chopped cilantro would look nice as well).

Makes one party platter.

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Lydia
February 2, 2007

My guacamole has improved 1000% since I started making it in a molcajete I brought back from Guadalajara. It's lava rock, of course, and the teolote (pestle) is heavy enough, and coarse enough, to break down the ingredients without much pressure. Perhaps something of the lava works its way into the guac, or perhaps the other way around, but it makes the very best guac I've ever had!

 

Pritya
February 2, 2007

That recipe is so interesting Heidi. Your tips on 'ripe' avocados, 'no' tomatoes, 'white' onions are so interesting, apart from being informative to read. Have you also written a cookbook?

 

connie
February 2, 2007

this is great. i'm of the opinon that guacamole should be more like avocado salad than the creamy commercial stuff that finds its way onto shelves and in restaurants. hopefully this post will bring people around

 

Molly
February 2, 2007

Heidi I have enjoyed your daily recipes and in fact have made the Noodle recipe of a few days ago with oohs and where did you get the recipe.

 

Snehal
February 2, 2007

Ahhh rustic guacamole!! I have to admit, I have never made it, maybe coz hubby doesn't like "avo" as we call it here in Ozland. I am particularly partial to things with an Indian twist :), so I am going to try out this version. The Naan Bread looks yum, was it??

 

Heather
February 2, 2007

Guac MUST be rustic to be served in our household. However, my husband swears by adding a splash of white wine vinegar to the mix (usually two parts vinegar: 1 part lemon or lime juice ~ can you tell we are both science majors?) Its a bit odd, and perhaps doesn't sound like the best idea . . . but hey, the proof is in the pudding - or guac, that is.

 

greg
February 2, 2007

I agree with the recipe, but crave cilantro and fresh chopped jalapeno in it

 

Jesse-Lee Stringer
February 2, 2007

I have always seen the commerical variety make it's way into the lounge room prior to a DVD night in.

Hopefully I'll be able to taste a huge difference with cornchips, oh and naan bread :$

 

Eric
February 2, 2007

Great ideas, Heidi. Love the idea of Indian-inspired guac!

 

cinders
February 2, 2007

I agree with lydia about the molcajete. It MAKES the guacamole. Try seasoning the molcajete with a fresh garlic half before starting. You will be delitefully surprised at the sutle nuance of garlic flavor. I too love cilantro, scallions, jalapeno, and tomatoes, but only a little bit of each.

 

Harrison Powers
February 2, 2007

this sounds fantastic. i hate how commercial 'guac' comes totally pureeed, homemade chunky style tastes sooo much better. i'm totally going to prepare this for my fraternity this sunday! thanks :D

 

Carey
February 2, 2007

Hi Heidi!

Are you partial to any type of avocado? I personally think Haas make the best tasting and have even waited until they were in season before I would dare make guacamole. Since I live in Hollywood now, I can get Haas more year fround than in Northern California. I even have a great produce truck that serves our neighborhood during the week in between Sunday Farmer's Market. My close second is the smooth skinned, organically grown large, meaty avocados that I get on Kauai. My parents moved there a few years ago and their neighbors have an honor box at the end of their driveway. I feel so spoiled getting to taste these nature's wonders but I don't know the variety. Oh well I'll call them Kauai gold lol!

Oh, in lieu of tomatoes I add in a teaspoon of whatever salsa I have on hand, cumin, pepper and course salt. :)

Cheers,
Carey

 

Tea
February 2, 2007

Oh, Heidi, I am with you on being uber picky about the perfect guacamole. There are so many very bad versions out there! For me, lemon is essential--but your version sounds so good I may have to give it a try. I love how you reframe dishes in new ways, it always gets me thinking.

 

Stephanie
February 3, 2007

Thank you Heidi, for the guac-guidance. I'm always disappointed with my versions, so I'll definitely be trying yours. A good avocado is one of the most wondrous things ... I buy the hass variety here in Melbourne ... but I can't bear a bad avocado: to me, there are some varieties that have a simply putrid taste... kind of soapy and... well, inedible. I'll never forget growing up with an avocado-obsessed mother in Queensland who, every time she opened one would carefully save the seed until it dried out, then plant it in the backyard, or simply throw it out there. Over the years, so many avocado trees sprang up. Sadly though, I don't think any of them ever bore fruit. Now, an avocado half with a great homemade French dressing: bliss! That's a childhood memory I love.

 

melanie
February 3, 2007

I don't like tomatos in my guacamole either--I love the toasted nan and the addition of curry and cumin give it another type of exotic flavor--I will try this next time I make guacamole-I will make my regular version-I add cilantro and scallions and lime juice and pepper-bon appetit

 

Karin
February 3, 2007

Those who are Google-searching for guacamole recipes often can´t spell the word.
Here´s some examples;
guccemole, guaca molle, guacamolo, guacamoule, guaccamol, guaccamole, guaccero, guaccomole, guacemala, guachamole, guackamole, guacumolle, guakemale, guaqemole, guaqomolo
Well, either way, guacamole is delicious, nutritious, and - unfortunately - quite fattening.

 

brette
February 3, 2007

A restaurant here in Cambridge, Ole, has a guacamole cart. If you order guac, they bring the cart to your table and make it fresh. As you can imagine, it is delicious. The menu is pretty meat oriented, but they have an amazing vegan stew. You should check it out if your ever in the Boston area.

 

Somebody
February 3, 2007

Oh no! I'm so anti garlic in guacamole recipes. The traditional recipe that my (mexican) family uses is avocado, GREEN onion, a little chopped tomato, cilantro, salt, and fresh lemon juice. Cilantro is ESSENTIAL! Well, I know there are many variatons, but I believe that garlic really masks the true fresh flavors of the avocado and other ingredients.

 

Wendi
February 3, 2007

I'm also super-picky about my guacamole. The avocado MUST be chunky. I hate biting into raw onion, but I love the onion flavor. Now I grind up the onion with some salt in my molcajete before i mix everything else in and it's perfect. Yum!

 

rogers place
February 3, 2007

Tryed this yesterday and Wow.

 

lauren
February 3, 2007

try using lemon in Guac. It is a whole new world I must say. Had it first in Sydney ~ Bill Clark, I believe does it that way...on corn fritters.

 

almost vegetarian
February 3, 2007

Wonderful recipe for guacamole. Avocado is quite good for you, but it is quite high in fat. So, to keep the fat content down, I use baked pita instead of fried chips. I cut the pitas in half, then in half again (so you have quarters), then pop them under the broiler for a minute or two to crisp up. Because pitas are a bit heartier than chips, they seem to work wonderfully with the guacamole --- especially one that is as flavorful as yours. Thanks!

 

Jennifer
February 3, 2007

I tried guacamole several years ago, hated it, and hadn't had it again until last Sunday. I've been looking for a good recipe ever since. Its like you read my mind. I'm going to try and make this soon. I'm sure it will turn out great!

 

Damien
February 3, 2007

Not going to discuss recipes with anyone- that's all a matter of taste> But, just had to add my tips on the perfct guacamole, which I picked up along the way: First, after scooping out the flesh, squeeze at least half of a lemon/lime all over the avo you're going to use in the recipe. This is an excellent way to keep the bright colour. The juice reduces the browning effect on avo, so to add the juice before attacking the avo with your mashing device is ideal. Secondly, I only ever mash an avo with a fork. Ideal for keeping the texture you want and helps to keep colour as well. Cheers from France! D.

 

Jess
February 3, 2007

wow...it looks like i am in the majority here. I am also VERY picky about my avocado taste but i HATE chunks. augh. i like the flavors all blended together, not a too strong bite followed by a too bland bite. We have a local company (casa sanchez) that makes quite possibly the best quacamole of my life. However, it is chunky so I put it in my food processer when I bring it home.

Of course, I also hate my salsa chunky. It might have something to do with hating tomatoes and onions, but enjoying the flavors lol.

 

Manuel
February 3, 2007

If you would like another twist, add tomatillos, either raw or boiled (two very different flavors, both very appreciated in Mexico City -my home-). Just put a couple of ripe light green tomatillos on the processor to make them into a sauce, mix this sauce with your chunky guacamole recipe -cilantro is very important here-, this version is found in all variation ranges from 80% guacamole 20% tomatillo sauce all the way to the opposite 20-80 which is fairly liquid and yummy on carne asada soft tacos, or just to dip your naan bread, pita or tortilla chips, if you like it spicy add chopped serrano chiles or raw jalapenos....please no canned or pickled jalapenos like the ones used for nachos.
dried chipotles or moritas -refreshed on hot water, seeded and pounded with a mortar or molcajete are even better but lots of fire
If you like middle eastern food its worth saying that Lebanese people in Mexico will almost always eat their kepeeh or kebbe balls with this guacamole-tomatillo.
Very yummy, good kepeeh and good guacamole makes an adictive combination

 

BlueIris
February 4, 2007

I have to say that I agree with you that it is important not to over flavour such a wonderful treat such as the tast of an avacado. It's like the necter of the gods to me. I like it simple. I would like to futher add to the topic of adding onions to the guacomole...green onions seem to have a much fresher taste even more so than white onions. I also use a dash or two of worchestershire sauce..NOT too much or it will over power..that would not be nice. So, my version is very similiar to yours. Avacado, green onions, worchestershire sauce, ONE clove of garlic and I do love the freshest tomatoes I can get. That's it..no more!! Once in a blue moon I'll fire in low fat mayo..but that's if I'm streatching it.

Love this information...I stumbled upon this site when I was using my gmail...I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks for all the information.

 

Monty Peck
February 4, 2007

Habaneros anyone?

 

Scott at Real Epicurean
February 4, 2007

I'm happy to see other people's takes on guacamole.

I agree that it must be chunky, and some of your tips will definately be taken on board next time I make some.

 

baybritta
February 4, 2007

I love my guac smashed by hand so it becomes creamy with chunks. I also like to add fire roasted jalepenos, white onions,, garlic (all hail the microplane for both), cilantro,lime juice, salt and pepper.

 

John J. Goddard
February 4, 2007

This is a great recipe, Heidi. If I may give a suggestion...

I'm a big fan of "levels" of flavor and texture. As anyone who really loves avocadoes will tell you, each stage of ripeness has its own charm. And lovers of Indian and Indonesian cuisine are well aware, unripe mangoes are terrific for pickling or frying as a vegetable. In the American south, we have the fried green tomato. Ripeness is, to me, one of those things that's open to interpretation.

Bright green flavors abound in unripe produce, and there are all sorts of ways to present it. That said (and in light of my love for "levels" of flavor and texture), I might suggest using three perfectly ripe avocadoes for the bulk of this recipe, then finely dicing one slightly less ripe avocado to add little explosions of texture and flavor. It may be advisable to "pickle" that avocado in lime juice and salt for eight hours before preparing the recipe.

You could take the "levels" theory a step further. Use two perfectly ripe, one under ripe, and one slightly over ripe. In this way, the entire spectrum of avocado flavor is presented cohesively in a comprehensive batch of guacomole.

Do keep up the good work here. We all enjoy the site and its insights.

John J. Goddard

 

S. Alcazar
February 4, 2007

Can't wait to try the Indian version. I love cross "pollinating" culinary cultures! I'm not a big fan of tomatoes either but a couple of years back I was introduced to the addition of sun dried tomatoes -- Deeeeelish! and of course some serranos for the heat. Another trick I learned was to cut the mixture down with two knives similar to how you would cut butter into flour for a pie crust recipe.

 

Tim
February 5, 2007

I love guac and avocados in general. They are in peak season here in New Zealand and at 10 for $4 I should be eating a lot more of them than I have been!

 

sim
February 5, 2007

Guacamole is something I could never get right. I tried lots of variations, but it ends up not tasting quite right. Plus it always seems to look yucky. So I'll try your advice, especially the part about not over mixing and the tomatoes. I'm guilty on both counts. It's really a shame considering I grew up with several avocado trees in our backyard.

 

SFM
February 5, 2007

A friend of mine routinely makes her guac with curry powder. I'd thought she was nuts, but it is actually a nice twist. Even better with those yummy-looking garlic naan wedges!

Remember that not all fats are created equal. Avocados are high in fat, but 2/3 of that is the health-promoting kind (monounsaturated). And no one ever got fat from eating avocados.

 

terri
February 5, 2007

great recipes--when my daughter was in 2nd grade the spanish teacher taught them how to make guacamole. so at our house it is "guacamolly"
Molly's mom

 

Smil Pent
February 5, 2007

I've been making my guac with garam masala and cumin (sometimes chinese five-spice powder) for quite some time, it really is delicious. Every now and then, if I want it to be even chunkier, I add a cup of lightly chopped cashew nuts just before serving. Yum.

I like the naan wedges, by the way, nice touch.

 

Lotusland
February 5, 2007

Love the photo and recipe. Mine is similar but I add a big bunch of parsley, jalapeno peppers or Tobasco sauce, and green onions to mix. YUM. I could it it straight with no chips or bread!

 

Rachael
February 5, 2007

Love your description - it was a fascinating read! Like many people, I am also very picky about my guac. I pretty much don't bother with ordering it in restaurants unless it is an authentic place. I make mine very minimalist: avacado, lime juice (instead of lemon), salt, and hot sauce of cayenne. No tomatoes, but sometimes a little diced red onion. I do like mine fairly creamy, but not pureed - I usually use a pastry cutter to get the right texture. And I hatehatehate when creamy ingredients like sour cream or cream cheese are added - egh! The whole point of gauc is the texture of the amazing avocado

Thanks for the great article and recipe! I had never thought of curry...will have to try this now!!

 

Elisa
February 5, 2007

Personally, I'm a huge cilantro fan. So, I think guac with cilantro is always better than guac without. Also, oddly enough, Siracha adds immensely to guac.

 

Michelle
February 5, 2007

Hi Heidi -

I love the bowls you've been using in your photographs recently. Is there any chance they can be bought online?

 

Allison
February 5, 2007

I always add a splash of Kikkoman soy sauce to my guacamole. It always seems to do the trick. Looks delicious, Heidi!

 

Bob
February 5, 2007

Try:

Avocados
Worcestershire sauce
Fresh oregano

 

Heidi
February 5, 2007

Great Ideas all around!

I typically use Haas because they are all over the place here. I occasionally pick up another type - I believe it is a Gwen, also delicious - smoother skinned. And as Tim mentioned, in New Zealand avocados are bountiful and cheap. I'm not sure exactly what type we were getting there (not Haas), but they were smooth fleshed, not stringy, and wonderful.

John J. Im intrigued by the layering idea, particularly with the overnight pickle technique. Sounds interesting and potentially delicious.

Molly, the bowls came from my mom. It is still unclear how or where she acquired them....but I assure you, she wants them back ;) I'll let you know if/when she gives up the source.

 

Anita
February 5, 2007

Pureed red onion in a food processor makes for a lovely pungent, but not too powerful, taste.

 

Debra van Culiblog
February 5, 2007

Thanks Heidi for saying it out loud: it is not a puree. Beautiful and mouth watering and making me homesick in this avocado-free part of the Polar Circle.

 

Bonnie Burton
February 5, 2007

Congrats on your new book! If it's anything like your last book it's gonna be a hit! ;-)

 

Sandra
February 6, 2007

I like the idea of a twist on guacamole! But as a Mexican, I feel compelled to let you know that your basic guac recipe is no good. You have to add salted, diced tomatoes and should omit the garlic. At most, Mex cooks use garlic salt; the other trick is that our limes are more like key limes than yours are. But tomatoes in your guac along with the other garnishes (guarniciones) make that guac happen!

 

Sarah
February 6, 2007

I love love love guacamole! However I have to disagree with the not using tomatoes. I think adding tomatoes makes the guacamole taste so much better and adds a great texture to the mix. I add cilanto to mine also which is a key ingredient.

Here is my recipe and I promise everyone will love it! I make this for all of my parties and the dip is gone in a matter of minutes.

2 avocados
pint of salt and pepper
one roma tomato
some thinly chopped white onion slices
cilantro (use as much or as little as you want)
squeeze of lemon juice

Also if you want to try some other variations go to this link below- I work for a recipe website and there are a bunch there. Let me know if you try this one, I am curious if you like it or not.

http://www.recipe4living.com/content/category/5/14/107/

 

Denise
February 6, 2007

My husband makes the best guac - perfectly ripened avocados, salt, lime, a splash of olive oil, a little bit of diced tomatoes and chopped onion, some cilantro, NO GARLIC, and don't forget the JALAPENOS!

 

Denise
February 6, 2007

My husband makes the best guac - perfectly ripened avocados, salt, lime, a splash of olive oil, a little bit of diced tomatoes and chopped onion, some cilantro, NO GARLIC, and don't forget the JALAPENOS! He also uses our molcajete to get just the right texture - not too smooth. He puts a pit of the avocado in the center; it is said this helps slow down the oxidization of the avocado.

 

ladygoat
February 6, 2007

Gotta agree on the red onion. Red onion over white or yellow any day.

 

planetclair
February 6, 2007

Gourmet magazine suggests you add a crushed vitamin c in the guac to keep it from turning brown as it sits out during a party.

 

rob
February 6, 2007

Wow, guacamole really strikes a nerve. Everyone has an opinion about how it should be made, and everyone seems to feel passionately about their recipe. Come to think of it, my wife and I can't even agree on how to make it. She likes lots of cilantro; I can live without it (though I enjoy it in pretty much any other dish). Great post.

 

Karen
February 6, 2007

I like my guac chunky too, but the authentic mexican restaurant around here serves it smooth.
My must have ingredients for it are lime, finely minced onion (red or white, but yellow will do!), finely minced hot peppers, a pinch of salt, freshly ground pepper. I may add any of the following depending on if I feel like it or if I have it on hand: cumin, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, olive oil.
A pinch of cayenne pepper will do if I don't have fresh peppers. Lemon will substitute for limes if that's what I happen to have.
The first time I made guac, I did put lots of garlic in it, and I think that put me off, but I think I'll try it your way: just one clove to 4 avocados.
I can't wait to try it the other ways you and others suggested here, especially the different spices.
Most likely, the avocado ends up in my stomach before I get around to making guac though!

(Denise: my Peruvian friend puts the avocado pit in it too, to keep it from browning. I'm not convinced it works, but I've never been able to test the theory. The guac is long gone before any browning occurs!)

 

Swee
February 6, 2007

Agree with chunks of avocado in guacamole, not puree :D

 

Amitava
February 7, 2007

Hi Heidi,

I have accidentally tried what you recommended here- lots of cumin powder and curry powder. And as an Indian I would say that's a blasphemy! It kills the original Hispanico taste!

I would even leave out the garlic, because that's an unnecessary cause of pungent breath. Instead you may use a dash of garlic salt if desired. Roma tomatoes, white onion, and cilantro finely chopped and added make the best combination. I completely agree with how you treat the avocado. Finally a tbsp of olive oil, a tsp of fresh ground pepper and salt to taste.

But wait, here comes the deadly secret! Roast a tsp of cumin in over toaster or in a small pan. Then crush it with a pestle or coffee grinder. Add 1 tsp of the freshly ground cumin for 1 mid sized avocado. This is a killer .. of course you can tweak it here and there to suit your taste. People who have used fresh roasted cumin know very well that off-the-shelf cumin powder doesn't come anywhere close to it. Try it today!

 

Amitava
February 7, 2007

I knew I would forget something in my excitement! I am not a seasoned chef, just an experimental cook.

Yes some finely chopped green pepper and lots of freshly squeezed lime is what completes it!

 

Heidi
February 7, 2007

Hah, blasphemy....I'll conceed it's atypical, but however you want to categorize it at the end of the day it is delicious. I'd also argue a lot of people who love guacamole might be interested in a fresh way to play it. There must be 100,000 'standard' guacamole recipes available online.

I love the note on roasting the cumin! I really should have done that (I almost always toast my spices!) - next time for sure.

 

Mara
February 7, 2007

Just thought I'd pop in and mention that I made the baked cauliflower popcorn that was on here a while ago, yum! It was a cauliflower from the garden I tend to with members of my college's environmental club too, I felt so proud of not killing it as soon as it sprouted out of the ground.

I could go on and on about guac, but really, I'm not one that is picky about it. I love all the different variations. The most recent excellent kind I've tried had pomegranate mixed in, made for a nice texture change.

 

Stephen
February 7, 2007

Hi Heidi!

I've been a huge fan of your site for a while now, but this is my first comment.

About the bowls, I'm not sure if these are exactly the bowls that you have, but they look pretty similar -- they're called Lotus Bowls from Peir 1.

Keep up the wonderful site! You're an inspiration!!

 

Eric
February 7, 2007

I see a lot of folks railing against garlic in guac...although I was once served, by a Oaxacan guy, no less, a version of guac that was simply avocado, lime juice, garlic, and salt. I don't know if it was a regional variation or just his take, but it was pretty fabulous. The garlic bite made up for the lack of onion and complimented the avocado well.

If I'm feeling lazy I'll just mash up and avocado with a fork, add some lime and salt and call it a day. It's great on...well, pretty much anything. It's not guacamole in the true sense but it'll satisfy my craving for a while.

 

Anna
February 7, 2007

I'm shocked anyone even ADMITS trying commercial guacamole - anyone who's ever seen an avocado knows that there's no way to put that into something and keep it fresh and delicious - furthermore, guac is so easy to make and has so few ingredients that I'm further stunned that someone would pick up a commercial product instead of simply making it themselves.

 

Adam Sellen
February 8, 2007

Guacamole as it ought to be - simple. By the way the word sums it up: guac- comes from "Aguacatl" the Nahuatl word (Aztec) for avocado. And -mole comes from "molli", Nahuatl for sauce. But of course this is 'sauce' as made in pre-Hispanic times in a "molcajete", that many of your readers have already noted makes a much better version. As an alternative to white onions, also try red ones. And to make it more interesting, a few finely diced serrano chiles and fresh corriander.

 

gustavocado
February 8, 2007

hmm, i have been told at least a thousand times (probably more) that i make the best damn guacamole EVER. Seriously, it creates crowds at potlucks/parties...

i DO use diced tomato and chopped cilantro, otherwise it is not guacamole as has been passed down from my mexican mama and abuelita. It is true that the tomato extends the quantity (guac for 50 guests gets expensive), but it also adds a nice juicy tangy burst in every bite. And finally if you can find the organic thick n crunchy mexican style chips instead of the thin light commercial ones whihc cant dip without breaking, then it'll be a hit for sure...

 

emily
February 8, 2007

This reminds me of the guacamole I was taught to make, very simple. I grate a small amount of white onion, take two ripe but not overripe avocados and cut them into large pieces, add a dash of Tobasco, some fresh ground pepper, juice from half a lime and juice from a quarter of lemon and mix together until the chunks barely start to fall apart. I too don't like the tomato, I find it to be filler. I like it simple and robust in flavor and not creamed at all. I can't wait to try your mideastern take on this!

 

K
February 9, 2007

If you want to try some more "bizarre" flavors in guacamole, might I suggest mint? There is a Pakistani chutney much like guacamole that has copious amounts of mint as an ingredient.

 

Jennifer
February 12, 2007

I have a friend who has never liked guacamole *before* she tried mine. She's a bit of a foodie, too, so it makes me proud that mine is the only she'll eat. A few "never"s in my guacamole that I have seen some people use: Mayonaise - It just makes me shudder. Putting it in a blender - the chunkiness is the best part! Too much spice - why cover up the avocado flavor with habaneros? If I wanted spicy (crying and sweating, no less), I'd eat hot-hot-hot salsa.

Always in my guacamole: cumin, lime, garlic salt, tomatoes, onion, fresh cilantro. I fork-mash/scoop my avocados out of the peel, add the ingredients dry to wet, then fork-mash until just distributed enough.

Sometimes: *one* shake of tabasco, or fresh very finely diced jalapeno. Chili powder on top for some color (and smokey flavor). Ground coriander, fresh ground pepper.

Thanks for all the great comments about onion vs garlic and tomatoes! I'll have to taste-test this summer!

 

Holly
February 12, 2007

I love guacamole. I prefer mine chunky with chopped white onions, cilantro, tomatoes (no juice) & jalapenos with seeds, salt and lime juice to taste. My husband is the resident taster in my house. My Superbowl spin on guacamole is to make a layer type dip with bean dip, chopped black olives & shredded cheddar to resemble "dirt" with the last layer being guacamole (grass or astroturf). I pipe "yard lines" with sour cream and place cake decorating field posts and football players in position. Before I purchased the field posts & players I colored small amounts of sour cream with food coloring in the colors of the teams playing and marked X's and O's in formation on the "50' yard line." It's a fun spin for Super Bowl.

 

Stephanie
February 12, 2007

I am a guacamole purist - and I use just avacado, garlic, lime, salt and tomatoes. I agree that it shouldn't be a puree. (shudder). But the tomatoes are awesome, and the acid from them helps keep the guac fresh!!! Which is why you always dice your tomatoes first and add the avacado last. :).

If you want to go crazy - curry is never the path I would walk. I'd go cilantro for the twist. Not too inventive, I know. But Guac shouldn't stray too far from it's true nature!!

I really want one of those lava things that another poster uses! :) That sounds really neat.

 

Brad
February 12, 2007

Sounds jummy.

In Nicaragua, they put hard boiled eggs in their guacamole.

Cilantro is a must.

I prefer red onions, but I'm going to give white onions, cumin, and curry a shot with the garlic naan in my freezer.

Thanks!

 

Shabnam
February 12, 2007

Curry powder??? Hey, dunno what you use but everytime I have used anything called curry powder, its hideous. A good garam masaala is should do what its name suggests - add warmth and taste.
I would suggest you be as picky about the "curry powder" as you are about the avocados! As amitava says - its the difference between fresh roasted cumin and the one off the shelf!

 

RobL
February 13, 2007

I think Diana Kennedy's recipe is the best by far. Just a touch of onion and cilantro mashed in a mortar with chiles and salt. A great stretcher is finely shredded lettuce. Yes you heard me right. you have to let it sit awhile but it works.

 

Judy
January 30, 2008

Just what I was looking for! Thanks

 

Josephene Kealey
January 30, 2008

Hey! I do my guacamole like this all of the time! Sometimes we add red wine vinegar if we've added the tomatoes to the mix. Neat.

 

Mike
January 30, 2008

Great article on guac! But I think that no guacamole is complete without cilantro! But I love this purist approach and appreciate the readers' ideas and comments.

 

Omi
January 30, 2008

Cilantro! Chop some up and mix it in, it's good with or without tomatoes, and a touch of lemon juice! Pass on the curry and other Indian spices. In Venezuela we include it in our "parrillas" or BBQ's, along side boiled yucca.

 

rochelle
January 30, 2008

with respect to "stretching" avacodos into more guac volume, i use a nicaraguan trick: diced hard boiled eggs. dice the whites and stir in the mashed yolks for added richness and protein. the texture of the hard boiled whites almost matches the texture of an avocado chunk - soft and squishy. you'll hardly know they're in there once they're covered in green goo.

 

Mrs Redboots
January 30, 2008

I love guacamole, and can see from this discussion that everybody has their own twist on it!

One twist that Heidi might like (knowing that you share my love of chickpeas!) is a sort of cross between hummus and guacamole, working an avocado and extra lemon juice into the hummus. I love this, especially if both the hummus & the avocado are left slightly chunky.

P.S. Made the rustic cabbage soup recipe the other week, and it was utter heaven! And I make your tahini dressing very frequently to go with rather bland veggie dishes!

 

dana
January 30, 2008

what no jalapenos? I agree with chunky vs smooth and I'm a tomato lover but I also add jalapneos (I can't always find wonderful avoacados but I can always find fabulous jalapenos) and, dare I say it, cilantro. I know folks are either for it or violently against it, I just happen to be firmly in the former group. dana

 

Mrs Redboots
January 30, 2008

I love guacamole, and can see from this discussion that everybody has their own twist on it! For those worried about their weight, try using veggie sticks to dip into it.

One twist that Heidi might like (knowing that you share my love of chickpeas!) is a sort of cross between hummus and guacamole, working an avocado and extra lemon juice into the hummus. I love this, especially if both the hummus & the avocado are left slightly chunky.

P.S. Made the rustic cabbage soup recipe the other week, and it was utter heaven! And I make your tahini dressing very frequently to go with rather bland veggie dishes!

 

JEP
January 30, 2008

Fantastic photo of the guac & toasted naan bread! Fun to read all the other comments & hints on the best tasting guac!

 

Dani Luzzatti
January 30, 2008

Try Diana Kennedy's recipe with pomegranate seeds and quartered grapes. It is the best guacamole I have ever tasted.

 

Rebecca
January 30, 2008

Pomegranate seeds make a GREAT addition to guacamole... they provide a burst of sweetness to offset the onion and salt. If you can stand to de-seed a pomegranate, go for it.

 

greenmyeyes
January 30, 2008

These are all nice ideas for different spicing options. I love the toasting cumin idea and also the mint - I'm envisioning kind of a mojito-guac hybrid with mint and lime. Which could be very cool!

Also this would be a great opportunity to try out this recipe I just found the other day:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Naan/Detail.aspx
Haven't made it yet, but it seems very easy to do and much cheaper/healthier than store-bought naan. Plus gives you the option of garlic or not, as some have mentioned in the comments that plain naan makes tasty leftovers for breakfast...

And as for the garlic or no garlic in guac debate, I come down firmly on the "yes and the more the better" side, but I do wonder if maybe a diced shallot might be fun to try in place of the garlic and onion...a bit milder on the breath perhaps?

 

michelle
January 30, 2008

i love the idea of the cumin in the guac and the naan. my local indian joint has amazing naan, so this gives me one more reason to eat it.

i've always liked my guac on the smooth side - not a puree, but pretty much devoid of large chunks. am i a total heathen? tho i do agree with the no tomato, i never got that. and cilantro is a must.

Us vs. Food

 

gilda
January 30, 2008

Heidi
SO sorry. I didn't mean to inflate the number of responses to your guacamole treat. Just hit the enter button too soon!
I was merely going to ask if this is a record number of responses to a recipe. Obviously quite a large number of your readers like guacamole!
I personally feel that a good avocado needs no, none, not any,embellishments! Just peel and serve!

 

Bridgett
January 30, 2008

I'm a native Texan so guacamole is close to my heart! I love the idea of leaving big chunks. I use a wisk to mix/mash together my ingredients. You get a good combination of chunks and a smooth green coating on everything else.

Also, for thoses who stumble-upon this site looking for a good guaco-recipe NEVER use a recipe with sour cream! If you feel the need to do so, re-read Heidi's tips on choosing good avocados!

Oh, and never be too proud to eat an entire bowl of good fresh gaucamole with a spoon! Pure decadence!