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When it comes to guacamole, I’m the sort of person that always says, “yes, please!” (even if costs that little bit extra). Whether its for dipping chips, dolloping on top of a tasty quesadilla or even spreading on a burger bun, I can hardly resist. Fresh, creamy and spicy it’s the perfect compliment to so so many dishes. Which means that making this dip at home is essential. Lucky enough, learning how to make guacamole is a real cinch—and it will be ready in no time.
- 3 medium, ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
- 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (optional)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
Step 1: Prep your avocado
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To make a good guacamole, you need to start with fresh, ripe avocados. It can be difficult to get this tasty piece of produce at just the right time, but this guide can make determining if that avocado is ripe or not just a bit easier. Once you’re sure you’ve got a few good ones on your hand, you can get to prepping them. To peel an avocado, just slice it in half as shown above. you can then scoop out the insides with a spoon or peel away the skin. To get the seed out of the center, take a chef’s knife and tap it into the seed—then twist and lift it out.
Step 2: Start mashing
To start making the guacamole, cube your avocado and toss them into a large bowl to mash. You can use lots of tools to get the job done—like a wooden spoon or spatula—but our Test Kitchen has found that a plain ol’ dinner fork works just fine. It helps the avocados become creamy and spreadable, but doesn’t turn them into a total puree.
Step 3: Add your first layer of flavor
Once mashed to your liking, stir in the salt and garlic. These are the foundational seasonings for a good guacamole. At this stage, feel free to test and see if the mix is to your liking—sometimes a little extra salt or garlic can make all the difference!
Step 4: Add your mix-ins
Of course a good guacamole needs more than just a pinch of salt and some garlic. Ingredients like tomato, onion, cilantro and lime are what really make guacamole special. Before stirring them into your avocado mix, be sure that these ingredients are all diced and chopped finely. You want those small chunks of tomato and onion to be small enough for easy scooping. And when it comes to the lime juice, don’t skip it! The lime helps brighten the guacamole up, plus the acid helps preserve its bright green color (psst… here are a few more tips to prevent your avocados from going brown).
If you’re interested in adding any other ingredients, now is the time to do it! Fresh corn, jalapeños and chipotle peppers all make great additions. Of course, you can skip ingredients too, if you’re not a fan (I know a lot of folks don’t care for cilantro).
Once all your ingredients are incorporated, this guacamole is ready for dipping! However, if you aren’t serving it immediately or have leftovers (but who’s ever heard of leftover guacamole?), you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container overnight. Or try pouring about a half inch of water over the dip. This will prevent the avocado from coming in contact with air (which browns it). When you’re ready to eat, just pour of that water, give it a stir and serve!