One of my favourite things to eat is guacamole. It’s so easy to make and variate to taste, and it’s appropriate for any moment or season, from a hot summer day light meal to a quick, delicious, and healthy dip for guests.
I love avocado, and things like avocado sushi are a staple for me, maybe even more than guacamole. But since guacamole is the subject of this post, let me mention why I chose to write about such a trivial recipe: because I’m happy I bought a huge mortar and pestle (a Jamie Oliver one) and I needed to swiftly put it to good use.
I like my guacamole with plenty of texture, and I never use the mixer to blend it to a paste.
I used to manually spice it and use lime instead of lemon, but in the last year I got lazy, and found a spice mix that is close enough to my taste: the guacamole spice mix from Just Spices.
The ingredients of the mix are: garlic, tomato flakes, Tellicherry peppercorns, lemon zest, onion, chili, and habaneros.
Even though the mix has some dried tomato flakes, I still add fresh Roma tomatoes. What I didn’t usually add when I didn’t use the spice mix was onion.
Guacamole is versatile and can be heavily adjusted to personal taste. I usually experiment with what I have around the house, and found that if I don’t have coriander/cilantro and/or garlic, I can use chives (Schnittlauch in German).
Though typically served with corn/maize chips, tortillas or nachos, I like to eat my guacamole with fresh cucumbers cut into sticks and dipped.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 Roma tomatoes or cherry/cocktail tomatoes (optional)
- lime or lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp onion finely chopped (optional)
- fresh coriander/cilantro to taste (optional)
- jalapenos or habaneros to taste (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Peel and pit the avocados, wash and cut the tomatoes and hot peppers into tiny pieces.
If you add fresh garlic, use a garlic press or the blade of a wide kitchen knife to smash it as smooth as possible.
Add the lime juice, hot peppers, garlic, onion in the mortar and mash.
Add the avocados and spices (salt, pepper etc.) and mash until it has the desired consistency.
Add the tomatoes and coriander/cilantro, and mix.
Serve fresh as dip, on toasted bread, or with fresh baguette.
Experiment with your seasonings and garlic + onion + lime juice quantities until it’s perfect 🙂
You can use a pre-made spice mix.