The Best Guacamole Ever

What could be a better treat on a lazy fall weekend than a bowl of fresh home-made guacamole?

I love guacamole and will eat it anywhere, no matter how it’s been made and what’s in it.  As far as I’m concerned, if mashed avocados are involved, I’m in! But my favorite guacamole is the one I make. Very modest of me to say this, I know. But the undeniable truth is that the most delicious guac is the one you make yourself adding only your favorite ingredients. You can add or skip cilantro, make it chunky or mash the heck out of it until it’s super smooth (no offense, but why would you do that?)– you get the idea. So, trust me – your home-made guacamole will be the best you’ve ever had. And the best part? You can make a ridiculously HUGE bowl!

So, here is my staple recipe. I love chunky, spicy and flavorful guacamole with tomatoes and lots of cilantro. How do you like yours?

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

4-5 large ripe avocados

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 jalapeño pepper, chopped

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Sea salt to taste

Juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 small garlic clove, peeled and chopped

1 shallot, peeled and chopped

Handful of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Halve, peel and core avocados. Gently mash them in a large bowl with a fork, leaving large chunks. Add lime juice, tomatoes, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, hot sauce, cilantro and jalapeño. Mix well, seasoning with salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper to taste. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to one hour and serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Lime Tostitos highly recommended!

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