8 Tips for Better Guacamole Slideshow

1. Best Avocados to Use and How to Tell When They're Ripe

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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.

2. Essential Seasonings for Good Guacamole

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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.

3. Best Mashing Tool

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Use a spoon, and mash gently just until you have enough creamy mashed avocado to bind the chunks for the perfect texture.

4. The Ideal Order

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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.

5. Best Chile Peppers

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We use a combination of serrano and jalapeño peppers — serranos for heat and jalapeños for their fruity, floral aromas.

6. Fun Twists

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We have a version that adds mango, papaya, and habanero, and another one that adds lump crabmeat and chipotle chiles. Lobster and chicharones are also fun additions.

Click here for 6 Twists on Guacamole.

7. Dip Ideas

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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.

8. Key to Perfect Guacamole

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The key is the perfectly ripe California Hass avocado. Once you have that, there is very little you can do wrong!

Check out the Perfect Guacamole recipe.