No party is complete without an easy dip and the Very Best Guacamole recipe is sure to please. Made in minutes with fresh avocado, red bell pepper, onion, garlic and cilantro, this version has a secret spice to bump up the flavor making it completely addictive.
The first time I tried guacamole I dipped into it with some hesitation. It just didn’t look very good as it had been sitting around for quite a bit. It wasn’t a bright, vibrant green like you see in pictures…it was a weird grayish, blackish green and was starting to separate a bit. I didn’t even take a bite, I dipped my chip and then kinda hid it under some plates that were scattered around the table. I decided at that point I didn’t like guacamole OR avocados for that matter. This guac hatred lasted for a very long time and I couldn’t figure out WHY people felt the need to keep putting it out at every single party I attended.
THEN, I met my husband and he is a guacamole-aholic. He gets extra guac with everything and often complains at the size of the “extra” that they give him. It’s like a tablespoon for $4. So not worth it….until you try it. Yes, I tried it and it was absolute buttery heaven. Such a far departure from that gray, nastiness that was served at that party years ago. So, I, of course, decided to delve into the guacamole making myself. It’s far less expensive than “extra guacamole”.
And being the overachiever I am in the kitchen…I had to ensure that I made the Very Best Guacamole Recipe ever! You know, or else…why would it be even worth the effort. So, I grabbed a few avocados, some vegetables, spices and garlic….and went to work. I mashed everything up in a bowl, tasted it, added a few more things, tasted it….dumped it in the trash. Started over. It’s a process but what I found was…I don’t like tomatoes in my guacamole….I love jalapeños and fresh red bell pepper in it….garlic is a must…..spice it up with some ground cumin and lots of lime is key. Also….cilantro. Don’t leave it out. Unless you’re one of those “cilantro tastes like soap” people. Then I understand.
My husband agreed that this is the Very Best Guacamole Recipe and that means a lot being he’s a longtime guac lover. He liked to make his in a zip top bag and squeeze it until it’s pretty smooth. I like big chunks so I mash mine up with a fork. It’s fantastic served with homemade tortilla chips and freshly made salsa. You can also get crafty with it, like I did with this Pineapple Guacamole. Trust me, you will see many more variations of guacamole here soon….as I’m now an addict.
The Very Best Guacamole Recipe
- 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup finely minced red onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (or less if you like it less spicy)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher until well blended.
- Serve immediately.