There are few things in life better than a simple guacamole served with some chips, and maybe even a margarita. This recipe allows for creativity and flexibility, while keeping all of the basic principles of making guacamole intact. For the best texture, one avocado is thoroughly mashed, while the other is diced and mixed in at the end.
- 2 large, ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 large onion, chopped and divided
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice, divided
- Salt, to taste
- 1 jalapeño (optional)
- 1/2 chopped cilantro (optional)
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- 1 small tomato, diced (optional)
Step 1: In a medium-sized bowl, mash 1 avocado with a potato masher until smooth. Dice the other avocado into medium dice and set aside (do not add to the mashed avocado).
Step 2: To a mortar and pestle, add 1/2 the diced onion, 1 tablespoon lime juice and salt to taste.
Step 3: If using the jalapeño, remove the stem and dice. For a spicy guacamole, leave the seeds in, but for a milder one, remove the seeds. Add ½ of the diced jalapeño to the mortar and pestle. If using cilantro and garlic, add ½ of the cilantro and all of the garlic to the mortar and pestle. Grind together the ingredients until a thick paste is formed.
Step 4: Fold in the mashed avocado. Mix well so that all of the ingredients are evenly combined and check for seasonings. Mix in the diced avocado, the rest of the lime juice and the diced tomato, if using, and serve.