I stumbled upon the most amazing guacamole recipe during a family trip to Belize. Whether you’re a guacamole enthusiast or not, this recipe is bound to impress! It’s a delicious medley of fresh ingredients that I have fine-tuned over time. If you’re new to the game, this recipe is definitely worth trying out.
My family recently went on a trip to Belize, where I met Maria, a local chef who cooked for us a few times. Her food was delicious, and she used all local ingredients to make some of the most famous Belizean dishes. Although I was thrilled to be pampered all week by having a fantastic chef, I asked her to join her in the kitchen one day. She graciously agreed to let me learn from her.
Part of the menu for that day was guacamole, seafood ceviche with fresh lime and cilantro, and even fresh blue corn tortillas. Everything we made that day was incredible, but the meal’s star was the guacamole. The guacamole was so fresh, slightly spicy, and tangy. It was truly the best guacamole I have ever had. With just one bite of this guacamole, I knew I would never return to making other recipes.
Now that I am back from Belize, I want to share the recipe with you guys! This Guacamole recipe is healthy, simple, delicious, creamy, and easy to make. I hope you enjoy it!
What Can You Add to Guacamole?
Maria has perfected her guacamole recipe, and you should try it. But there are also plenty of ways to change it to fit your tastes. For example, you can make simple guacamole with smashed avocado and lime juice. You can also add cottage cheese for a healthier, protein-dense version. You may want to make an avocado salsa instead if you don’t have many avocados. Avocado salsa is creamy and thinner than guacamole. Instead of smashing the avocados, add all the ingredients to a blender and watch it become a tasty salsa.
Varieties of Ways to Use Guacamole:
Guacamole is a delicious and versatile condiment that can be used in many ways. Here are some ways to use it:
- As a dip: Guacamole is perfect for dipping your favorite chips, veggies, or crackers. Try it with tortilla chips, toasted pita, carrot sticks, or celery.
- As a spread: Guacamole can be used as a spread for sandwiches or as a topping for toast. Add it to your favorite sandwich for extra flavor, or spread it on toast for a quick and healthy breakfast.
- As a topping: Guacamole is a popular topping for salads, tacos, rice bowls, and burritos. Add it to your salad as a healthy alternative to salad dressing, or use it to top your tacos and burritos for extra flavor.
So, get creative with your guacamole and try it differently to see what works best. Not only is guacamole simple to make and tasty, but it also provides numerous health benefits, making it a favorite condiment worldwide.
Secret Tips For the Best Guacamole
Maria had a few secret tips for making the best guacamole:
- Picking the avocados – start with the freshest avocado you can find. The best avocados for this dish are those that are firm but ripe. You can tell an avocado is new if the stem is still on. It would be best if you also ensured no dents or brown spots.
- Use a mortar and pestle – the traditional way to make guacamole is to use a mortar and pestle to smash the avocado. It works its magic, but you can also use a fork if you don’t have one.
- Add zest – zest the lime before juicing and add it to the avocado to mash it. The lime zest will add flavor to this recipe, making it slightly bitter and tangy.
- Work in stages – add the diced onion, chopped tomato, and jalapeno first. Then smash it with avocado. This will ensure all of the ingredients are evenly chopped.
- Sour cream – Maria’s secret ingredient was to add a couple of tablespoons of sour cream. The sour cream made the dip smoother, light, and tangy!
How to Keep Guacamole Fresh
Guacamole tends to discolor quickly, which can be unappetizing. However, there is a simple solution to prevent this from happening. Adding lemon juice to the surface of the guacamole can prevent it from turning brown. The acidity in the lemon juice prevents the enzymes in the avocados from oxidizing, which is the main cause of discoloration. It is important to note that guacamole is best consumed fresh, but if you plan to store it, you can take steps to preserve its freshness. One of the best ways to do this is to smooth the surface of the guacamole and cover it with plastic wrap, making sure to press the plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole. This will prevent air from contacting the surface and causing it to discolor.
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