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Easy, Authentic Guacamole

Easy, Authentic Guacamole

I remember discovering guacamole on an extended trip to Mexico when I was six years old.  I’ve never forgotten that first, heavenly bite or the adventure of seeing it prepared in front of me in a traditional molcajete. 

Homemade guacamole is fresh, delicious, and easy to prepare.  Frankly, I’ve never understood why anyone would buy the green mystery goo sold in supermarkets.  I am certain that once you’ve tried homemade guacamole, you won’t be tempted by the processed version either.


Believe it or not, guacamole is an Aztec dish that can be traced back to the 16th century.  They called it ahuaca-mulli which meant “avocado sauce”.  Apparently, guacamole’s appeal was as universal in the 1500s as it is today.  The Spanish explorers even took the idea back to Spain.

Unfortunately, avocado trees did not exist in Spain at that time.  So, the explorers were obliged to come up with some creative substitutions.  However, since nothing can replace the silky mouth-feel of fresh avos, the dish never took off.

In the Americas, by contrast, guacamole has continued to be a family favorite for the last 500 years.  So much so, in fact, that the US celebrates National Guacamole Day on September 16th every year!

Easy, Authentic Mexican Guacamole
Our Easy, Authentic Guacamole comes together in 15 minutes and is delicious as a dip for chips or a sandwich spread.

Suggested Uses for Fresh Guacamole

Many people think of guacamole as little more than a dip for tortilla chips.  However, I use it in lots of other ways as well.  Some of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy this delicious condiment are:

  • With eggs at breakfast
  • On a warm baguette
  • As a sandwich spread
  • On quesadillas
  • As part of a taco salad
  • On baked potatoes

As you can see, the uses for guacamole are limited only by your imagination and the availability of ripe avocados!  Bon appétit!


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Category: appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican

Homemade guacamole is tasty and easy to make that you'll never buy it at a shop again!

  • 4 medium avocados, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 6 green onions, minced (greens and bulbs)
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander, finely chopped
  • salt, to taste

  1. Place avocado cubes and lime juice in a medium bowl. Toss well to prevent browning.
  2. Then, mash with a fork — leaving few lumps behind. (This is not baby food. In Mexico, guacamole is ground in a molcajete, which leaves a bit of texture behind.)
  3. Stir remaining ingredients through gently.
  4. Taste for salt, and adjust as needed. Serve with tortilla chips, or as an accompaniment to roast meats, eggs, burritos or tacos.

Adjust the number of jalapeño peppers to suit your family's taste. I normally use about 3. Jalapeños are usually quite mild. However, a pepper's heat can vary from batch to batch. So, taste and adjust to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Calories per serving: 361.23 kcal
Fat per serving: 30.86 g
Saturated fat per serving: 4.37 g
Carbs per serving: 25.84 g
Protein per serving: 5.72 g
Fiber per serving: 17.92 g
Sugar per serving: 3.09 g
Sodium per serving: 654.62 mg
Nutrition label for Guacamole

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