We only use California-grown, Hass-variety avocados at Dos Caminos because they are the creamiest and most flavorful. The easiest way to determine if a California avocado is ripe is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. Ripe and ready-to-eat fruit will yield to gentle pressure. If it's not quite ripe, place it in a paper bag with a tomato or apple overnight; the natural gases they release will ripen the avocado quickly.
Everyone will have a different answer, but for me, lime, chiles, cilantro, and salt are mandatory. At Dos Caminos, we prepare it to the guest's personal tastes — mild, medium, or spicy — and they can omit any ingredients, such as cilantro, that they don't care for.
Use a spoon, and mash gently just until you have enough creamy mashed avocado to bind the chunks for the perfect texture.
First grind the onion, salt, cilantro, and chile to a paste with a mortar or the back of a large spoon. This releases the oils of the ingredients and really creates the flavor. The rest of the ingredients can then be tossed in gently.
We use a combination of serrano and jalapeño peppers — serranos for heat and jalapeños for their fruity, floral aromas.
Corn tortilla chips are the classic, but we also offer a crudité of cucumber, jicama, and radish to dip. Warm soft corn tortillas, fried pork rinds, and even pretzels are very good dippers.