Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Chunky Guacamole

Happy Cinco de Mayo, y'all!  Nothing says Cinco de Mayo to me quite like an ice cold Corona and some guacamole.  It's such a simple and satisfying treat, especially when heart-healthy avocados are plentiful.  Although avocados are technically high in fat, the type of fat found in avocados is great for your heart and actually lowers bad cholesterol, so eat your heart out!  They are healthy!  We had a bag of ripe avocados hanging around the house, and I couldn't think of anything I wanted more than a giant bowl of yummy guacamole with tortilla chips all to myself (maybe I'll share, we'll see).  There are so many ways you can make guacamole, from a puree, to a slightly textured version, to something very chunky, like what I made today.  You can make it with tomatoes or without... with onions, without, and so on.  Spice is totally optional.  I made a fairly mild one today, using just a dash of chili flakes instead of an entire jalapeno pepper.  The amount of juice in a lime can vary based on its size and how "juicy" it is, so use your judgment when seasoning your guacamole.  1 decent-sized lime was plenty for me! I'd guestimate that it produced about 1/4 cup of juice :)

Chunky Guacamole
Makes about 4 cups

5 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped (save a couple pits to leave in the guacamole to help prevent oxidization)
1 tomato, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. minced cilantro
1 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Minced jalapeno pepper or chili flakes for spice (optional)

Mix together all ingredients and season to taste.  Enjoy with tortilla chips.  Yum!




Linda said...

Do you prefer lime over lemon? A friend of mine swears on using limes.

Victoria K. said...

I think lime is more traditional for Mexican cooking in general. Just think, a Margarita is basically lime juice and tequila! I haven't tried making guacamole with lemon, but if you don't have limes, I'm sure you can use lemon as the citrus element and still get away with it :)

Holly said...

Ahhhh!!! I.LOVE.Guacamole!!!! This looks sooo yummy and the recipe is similar to the one I ve used for a while now:)

Victoria K. said...

Thanks! You can't go wrong with a batch of guac :) Always makes me happy, haha!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Perfect gameday food. It looks fantastic. Cheers!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I wish I had some of your wonderful guacamole to snack on right now! It's been a long time since I made it.

Anonymous said...

Yummy guacamole! Just perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

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