If you already know how quick and easy it is to make classic Guacamole in the comfort of your own kitchen, consider this post a friendly reminder: homemade guacamole is so quick and easy that buying it at the store can actually slow you down.
OK, I’ll admit, that was a smidge hyperbole-ish. But seriously, homemade guacamole is not even like hummus where you need a food processor or a really efficient blender. With guacamole, all you need is a fork or spoon to smash it all together. If you want to show off, you can use that mortar that’s been collecting dust on your kitchen shelf and put it to good use (I have 2 neglected mortars in my kitchen 🤭). But truth be told, a bowl and a fork are more than adequate for the job.
EASY GUACAMOLE STARTS WITH RIPE AVOCADO
To be off to a good start, you have to pick the right Hass avocado (Hass with an “H”). You want it to be firm, but with some give when you press it (just like the perfect Hass without an “H”). If you pick it too green, you’ll never be able to squeeze the pulp out of the shell. Not to mention, the taste will be all wrong for your guacamole anyway. However, if your avocado is overly ripe, it’ll have several dark spots and will smell and taste funny. Like spoiled funny.
MY FAVORITE TIME-SAVING TIP FOR SCOOPING AVOCADO!
Once you have ripe enough avocado in your hands, you’ll be able to scoop all the pulp out of the shell super easily and super fast. All you need to do is cut lines through the pulp, like you’re setting up a game of tic tac toe (playing with your food is always a good idea 😉)
Then proceed to squeeze out all that goodness into a bowl. It will all come out effortlessly and will save you prep and clean-up time. No mess, no fuss!
YOUR SHOPPING LIST
Guacamole is all about freshness. Buy good quality ingredients and you will have a smashing dip, 100% guaranteed. Get your hands on the following:
- Hass Avocado
- Jalapeño or Poblano Pepper (leave out for AIP Paleo dieters)
- Bell Pepper or other Sweet Pepper (leave out for AIP Paleo dieters)
- Red Onion
- Fresh Cilantro
- Lime Juice
- Extra-virgin Olive Oil
- Himalayan Salt
- Optional: Black Pepper and your favorite Spices (leave out for AIP Paleo dieters)
Once you have all your beautiful fresh ingredients, it’s just a matter of chopping, dumping & mashing. There is no cooking time; it’s really just tossing these juicy, flavorful goodies into a bowl. Let me show you how quick and easy it is:
EASY CLASSIC GUACAMOLE INDEED!
How simple was that? Simple enough to give it a try, right? I can’t get enough of this recipe. I know some people like chopped tomatoes in their guacamole, but I prefer to substitute sweet peppers. Even when carefully seeded and drained, tomatoes tend to release too much juice, especially if the guacamole sits for a few hours. And even more so if it sits overnight, on the rare occasion when you end up with leftover guac. If that ever happens, I suggest using your day-old guacamole as an ingredient in another recipe. Like this incredibly flavorful Egg & Guacamole Wrap my husband loves so much. You can have it for breakfast or brunch. It’s hearty, delicious and utterly satisfying.
CLASSIC OR NOT, GUACAMOLE IS A CROWD PLEASER
Guacamole is a lifesaver when you have a party coming up. You can whip it up at the very last second, or bring it to a barbecue when they ask you to make “something for everybody” (don’t you love it when that happens?). I also like to surprise my guests with new flavors and variations on a classic theme. Lately, I’ve been addicted to this great avocado dip that involves a Greek twist on the traditional Mexican guacamole; a recipe I like to call Greekamole. It’s soooo good! You should definitely try it at your next party. Your guests will love it!
TIP FOR GUAC LOVERS ON AIP
Dear AIP peeps, my suggestion is to leave out the peppers. I have found that adding diced celery or cucumber will add some nice crunch, and you won’t miss the peppers too much. I like this recipe when I follow AIP Paleo because I’m always reaching out for avocado and finding ways of sneaking it into my salads, sides, and dips. Avocado is so nutrient-dense and packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Such a yummy and healthy ingredient, not to mention 100% keto compliant.
Here’s my full guacamole recipe for you. I hope you’ll try it, tweak it to your liking, and love it as much as I do.
Easy Classic Guacamole
- 3 Hass Avocados ripe
- 1/3 Medium Red Onion finely chopped
- 1 Jalapeño Pepper seeded
- 3 tbsp Bell or other Sweet Pepper chopped
- 3 tbsp Fresh Cilantro finely chopped
- 1 Lime juiced
- 1 tbsp Extra-virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
- Squeeze the juice of a lime into a bowl.
- Split the avocados in half and remove the pits.
- Cut lines through the pulp, dicing the avocado while still in the shell. Then squeeze out all that goodness into a bowl.
- Mash the avocado with a spoon, making sure all the pulp gets coated with the lime juice, which will keep it from turning brown while making it citrusy and juicy.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and mix it well.
- Add salt if you need to, but taste it first. The feta cheese and olives might already be salty enough.
- You can add diced tomatoes if you like. I do prefer my Greekamole without. It packs a more savory punch that way.
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