Originally from Mexico, guacamole is a delicious dip made from avocados. Its name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce).
The key to making a legendary guacamole is a few ripe avocados, some ripe roma tomatoes and tabasco sauce. After that, a splash of lime (or lemon) juice adds acidity to balance the richness of the avocado. Follow with roughly chopped coriander, chilles, red onion, and your roma tomatoes.
It’s essential you use ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado – if there’s no give, the avocado isn’t ripe and your guac won’t work. When there’s a little give, the avocado is ripe and perfect to use. If there’s a lot of give, the avocado could be over ripe and again, not good to use.
The Perfect Guacamole Recipe (feeds a crowd of 6 – 8)
- 4 perfectly ripe avocados
- 3 ripe roma tomatoes roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon good quality salt
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (or lemon juice if you have no limes)
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 long red chillies finely chopped – stems and seeds removed (optional)
- 1 bunch of coriander leaves roughly chopped
- A dash or two of freshly grated black pepper
- A few good splashes of Tabasco Sauce to taste! (the secret ingredient)
Roughly mash the avocado flesh in a bowl. Add roma tomatoes, onion and chilli. Add lime juice, Tabasco Sauce, salt and pepper then fold in the coriander.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with tortilla chips.
N.B. Be careful handling chilles if using. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling and don’t touch your eyes (or other delicate areas with your hands for several hours.