Guacamole is a fresh and healthy accompaniment to many Mexican style foods. It also makes a great party dip served with tortilla chips. The main ingredient in Guacamole is “avocados.” Avocados are considered a “super food” and are packed full of healthy monounsaturated fats that are good for both children and adults. Guacamole is really easy to make and most of the ingredients should already be in your refrigerator. Here is a quick and simple recipe for some “Chunky Guacamole” that the whole family can enjoy. Best of all this should take you less than 10 minutes to prepare.
- 4 Ripe Avocados, peeled, pitted & smashed
- ⅓ cup tomatoes (chopped)
- ⅓ cup onions (chopped)
- ¼ cup coriander (chopped)
- ¼-1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
- ½ - 1 Lime (squeezed) (adjust to taste)
- 1 Green Chili (finely chopped)(optional)
- Combine the smashed avocados, onions, tomatoes and coriander together in a bowl.
- Add the green chilies according to your taste buds and mix.
- Add the salt, make sure to adjust the measurements accordingly.
- Squeeze the fresh lime on the avocado mixture and mix all the ingredients together.
- Serve with tortilla chips or as an accompaniment to your favorite Mexican dish.
Super Cooking Tips
Adjust To Your Taste Buds: Just adjust the above recipe according to your own taste buds. If your kids don’t like onions, or tomatoes or any of the other ingredients – just omit it. The main ingredient is avocado – so as long as you have that you are fine.
Taste As You Prepare The Recipe: Since the size of the avocados and limes will vary, you will need to adjust the amount of lime and salt listed in the recipe according to your own taste. Make sure to taste your “avocado mixture” before you add the salt and lime. You can add as little or as much of each ingredient as you desire. You need to adjust it according to your family’s preferences. If you are unsure about how much of each ingredient to add, keep a little bit of the avocado aside. That way if you add too much salt or lime, you can add more avocado to balance out the flavor.
Extra Kick: Unless you are making the Guacamole for children, I highly recommend adding either fresh green chili or “red chili” powder to the guacamole. This really gives it a little extra kick.
Eat When Fresh: Try to eat your Guacamole when it is freshly made. Otherwise, make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Avocados if kept out for too long turn brown (it’s still ok to eat – but just doesn’t look as appealing).
Add Spinach – Optional Ingredient: Try adding chopped baby spinach to your Guacamole. The yummy flavor stays the same, but the Guacamole becomes even healthier than before!
Don’t Be Fooled – Store Bought Guacamole:Don’t get fooled into thinking that store bought Guacamole is healthy (especially if you are buying this for your kids). Make sure you read the ingredients if you decide to purchase Guacamole from the grocery store. Since avocados are expensive, a lot of pre-packaged Guacamole contains sour cream as the primary ingredient and not avocado.