It’s pretty awesome to think that guacamole has been around since the 1500s! The Aztecs were the first ones to come up with it, but their version was very different than what we know guacamole to be today. The Aztecs made more of an avocado sauce (rather than a dip with chips) called “ahuaca-mulli” (Gainesville). Guacamole has gotten pretty popular since the Aztecs first created it; it’s so popular that it now has a national holiday on September 16th! Guacamole’s popularity has its perks, but it also has its problems.
One of the most heartbreaking things in this world is the fact that restaurants charge $4.99 for some guacamole and chips, and they also charge extra if you ask for a little on the side. After spending an extra $5 every time I went to a Mexican restaurant, and trying the AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL guacamole that you can buy in the grocery store, I decided to try and make it myself. It took a little bit of time to perfect my recipe, because I would take bits and pieces from a variety of recipes; but now my recipe is superb.
3 ripe avocados
3/4 of a diced, red onion
1/4 cup diced cilantro
1/2 of a jalapeño
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
salt to taste
Slice open the avocados (if you’ve never done this before, here is a link on how to do it)
Once sliced, scoop out the insides, place them in a medium sized bowl and mash them with a spoon to make them mostly creamy with a few lumps.
Next, dice up the red onion. I put a measurement for the onion, but some people like more and some people like less. I would start with less, and then add more if needed.
Add the diced onion to the avocado and mix together. Then, dice up your fresh cilantro and add the avocado mixture. Mix together.
Once your cilantro is mixed, start dicing up your jalapeño. This ingredient is completely optional; it’s just for you all that like to spice things up.
Once diced up, add the jalapeño to the avocado mixture and mix together. Next, add the lemon juice and salt.
At this point, I take a tortilla chip out and do a little taste test. This is where you can add more onion if needed, but I usually just have to add a little more salt. Enjoy!