Guacamole is usually the first to go in any arsenal of dips at a party, and for good reason. Its simple, refreshing taste keeps socially challenged partygoers (like me) hovering over the dips for way too long. Avocado’s all-star status makes even the simplest guacamole recipe pretty delicious, but the right combination of spice, veggies and texture can make a guac that will blow your friends and family away. At the very least, it can keep you entertained during the usual hour of pregame/kickoff shows. This recipe is from my good friend Alton Brown and leaves plenty of room for minor tweaks based on seasoning preferences and/or available ingredients.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: makes a large bowl of guacamole
3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- Combine avocados and lime juice, coating the avocados (this helps the avocados keep their green color).
- Add salt, cayenne and cumin and mash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix just enough to mix the seasonings in, while still keeping small chunks intact.
- Fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, and garlic.
- Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes (to let the flavors combine) and enjoy.