Guacamole is an avocado dip that found its way from Mexican cuisine into a staple alongside tortilla chips in American cuisine. The popular dip is frequently used as a condiment, adorning sandwiches and burgers, and as a salad ingredient or dressing.
Guacamole can be made a thousand ways and contain two to a dozen ingredients. The simplest form is avocado mashed with sea salt. More interesting recipes combine avocado with one or more of the following: tomato, onion, garlic, lemon or lime juice, chile pepper, cilantro, and cumin.
The dip can be prepared creamy or crunchy depending on the texture you desire.
Avocados are available in a number of varieties, the most popular is the Hass (sometimes referred to as Haas) avocado known for its dark green skin, bumpy texture, and high oil content. These are rich avocados and a great choice for guacamole. Other avocado varieties include Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Nabal, Pinkerton, and Zutano.
The type of ingredients and preparation techniques you employ can greatly impact the flavor and texture of your guacamole. Beefsteak, cherry and plum tomatoes all have unique tastes and textures. Sweet onions, storage onions, and green onions offer completely different flavor profiles. Garlic can be fresh or in powdered form. The type of chile you choose and the amount you use can dramatically affect the heat level in your dish. Chopped fresh chile pepper is sometimes substituted with Cayenne pepper, chili powder, Tabasco, or hot pepper sauce.
Roasting the tomato, onion, and garlic in the oven will caramelize the sugars on the exterior of the tomato and onion and bring out sweet flavor notes, while the garlic will see its taste mellow and transform from hard to soft texture.
Fresh lemon or lime juice is the proper choice. The citrus juice adds a flavor kick and helps the guacamole from turning brown when stored.
Fresh chopped herbs and high quality spices are essential to bring proper flavor and enhance the dish.
Spices and seasonings can also bring out the flavors of the other ingredients. Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper are perfect additions to ensure the final product is delicious.
Beyond the traditional ingredients, the line blurs on whether you are preparing guacamole or an avocado based dip. The choice is yours. The possibilities are endless.
Food Blog Favorites
11 Guacamole Recipes:
Here are some of our favorite guacamole recipes from around the food blogosphere:
Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar – at Averie Cooks
Guacamole – at Chef in Training
Guacamole – at Skinny Taste
Guacamole – at David Lebovitz
Guacamole – at Brown Eyed Baker
Guacamole – at Dana Treat
Guacamole Recipe – at 101 Cookbooks
Guacamole with Charred Jalapeño and Scallions – at Food and Wine
Homemade Guacamole – at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Perfect Guacamole – at Simply Recipes
Roasted Garlic Guacamole – at Simply Scratch