Fresh guacamole is easy if you follow these basic steps:
Dice Tomatoes, Onion, and Jalapeño Peppers
Dice tomatoes (be sure to remove the seeds first), red onion, and jalapeño peppers into small pieces. Dice the jalapeño peppers extra small. If you don’t want your guacamole dip to be spicy, you can leave the peppers out.
Add Minced Garlic, Chopped Cilantro, Salt, and Lime Juice
Press 1 to 2 cloves of garlic per avocado through a garlic press. Add it to the diced vegetables along with a handful of chopped cilantro leaves, some salt, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir to combine. This is the flavor base for your guacamole, so, if you want to customize, feel free.
Smash the Avocado
In a separate bowl, smash your avocado(s) with a fork until only small chunks remain. I like chunky guacamole dip, but if you prefer it smoother, feel free to smash the avocado a bit more.
Combine, Taste, and Season
After you’ve smashed the avocado (or avocados), add the other ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined. Taste the guacamole and add more salt, lime juice, or cilantro if needed.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.