Weekly Recipes: Guacamole

By Hannah Callaway and the TLS Team

I never used to be a big fan of guacamole. Neither was my husband. We were blissfully unaware of how great this delicious dip is. Then, it happened. He told me that he had eaten guacamole and liked it. His friend’s girlfriend had cooked dinner and convinced him to try “one of the most amazing things” he had ever eaten.

I like to think that I am pretty gifted in the kitchen, so listening to him go on and on about this other woman’s guacamole was starting to get under my skin. I knew that I needed to whip up some of my own guacamole as soon as possible! I browsed countless guacamole recipes online and decided to make my own version.

I’ll let you be the judge of this recipe once you’ve tried it for yourself. The two of us ate the entire bowl in a day (not healthy) and then he made me make another batch to send his parents the next day. Not too shabby!

Hannah’s Guacamole
·         3 ripe avocados
·         1 lime
·         ½ medium onion, diced
·         ½ medium tomato, diced
·         1 garlic clove, minced
·         ½ c cilantro, chopped
·         ½ t ground cumin
·         ½ t black pepper
·         1 t salt

The most important part of this recipe is making sure that you’ve purchased ripe avocados. Use this handy feature from Avocadocentral.com to help you select the perfect avocados for your guacamole.

Slice avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop out flesh and place in a large mixing bowl. Squeeze juice from the lime over the avocado flesh and mash together with a potato masher, leaving it a bit chunky. Add all remaining ingredients and stir together. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables or spread it on a sandwich!

Note: Keep in mind that guacamole turns brown fast! This is not a make-ahead dish. Add some lemon juice and keep airtight to keep your guacamole fresher longer.