What is Guacamole?
Guacamole is a Mexican side dish prepared by mashing avocados with various spices, onions, and tomatoes. The word guacamole is derived from Nahuatl, the language of the ancient Mayans, indicating that the recipe for guacamole is ancient as well. Guacamole can be served as a dip with corn tortilla chips, used as a sandwich spread, or can be used as a filling for tacos and quesadillas.
How To Make Guacamole
Making authentic Mexican guacamole is an easy, delicious addition to any table. Here are a few tips for delivering the best bowl of homemade guacamole to your next dinner party!
- If you want guacamole tonight, select an avocado the gives slightly under the pressure of your thumb when you press on the stem end. If your party is several days away, select a more firm avocado. Avoid avocados that have sunken spots.
- Avocados always ripen faster at room temperature, and best used within one week if stored in the refrigerator.
- Slice the avocado in half, then scoop out the fruit, reserving the pit. Avocado seeds prevent the prepared guacamole from browning.
- Using a molcajete to make guacamole is fun, and gives your recipe an incredibly authentic result.Spices and chiles ground in a molcajete have a pleasing, stone ground texture. Mashing the ripe avocado in the molcajete bowl picks up every particle of the ground spice mixture.
- If you don't have a molcajete, don't worry! Just mince the garlic and chiles as finely as possible. You can mash the avocado with a potato masher, or on a dinner plate using a long-tined fork.
- Try adding about 2 tablespoons each of chopped cilantro, tomatoes, or onions to the recipe below to give you guacamole a crunchy fresh flavor.
- Any recipe for guacamole can be served as a dip with corn chips or veggies, or served as a side dish with roasted meats or tacos.
Recipe: Spicy Guacamole
1 clove garlic, peeled
¼ tsp whole black pepper
½ tsp sea salt
1 fresh chile Serrano or your favorite fresh spicy green chile, (approx. 2” long)
2 medium avocados, peeled and cut into chunks (reserve the avocado pit)
Using a molcajete, grind the garlic, black pepper, sea salt, and chile, until they form a fine paste. Add the avocado chunks, and mash well along with the spice paste. After a couple of minutes of mashing, the avocado and spice paste should be well combined. Serve the guacamole in the molcajete, garnished with the reserved whole avocado pit.
Word Nerd Alert - The word Guacamole is a combination of two Nahuatl words: Auácatl, which in addition to translating as "avocado" can be translated as "testicle," and mole, which means "sauce."