Not long after I started dating my now husband he took me out for dinner to a Mexican restaurant. I’d never eaten Mexican food before and was amazed by the flavours and tastes. Since then we regularly eat fajitas, nachos or enchiladas, my favourite being fajitas.
We used to buy all our Mexican condiments from the supermarket until one day a few years ago we decided to make our own guacamole. Once we did this we realised we could never go back to the shop bought stuff. The taste of home-made guacamole is unbelievable. So fresh and packed with flavour.
And all from just four ingredients:
3-4 garlic cloves,
Handful of coriander,
Juice of 1-2 limes,
Peel and mash the avocados to the consistency you like. Some people prefer it very smooth where as we like it to have some decent chunks in it.
The only thing we find is that you can be waiting for the avocados to ripen. Days of them not being ready, then a small window of being “just right”. Two tips I know of how to check if it’s ripe is to pick off the little stalk at the base. If it’s green underneath it should be ripe and ready to eat. Another way is to gently press the base of the avocado. If it gives slightly then it’s ready. One that feels soft all over is either overripe or bruised so don’t buy it.
Crush the garlic and add to the avocado.
Chop the coriander leaves but not too fine and add to the mix. Finely chop the stalks and use too as they hold lots of flavour.
Finally add the juice of 1-2 limes. This is where you need to be tasting it to make sure it’s just right for your tastes.
In relation to the garlic and lime juice it’s a very personal thing as to the amount you use. Once you make it you will soon learn the quantities you like. We sometimes add some fresh chilli to it too but I prefer its cooling complexities against the spicy flavours from the rest of the meal.
All ingredients prepared.
The finished product.
And there you have it, fresh full-on flavoured, home-made guacamole that will enhance even the simplest meal or snack.
Give it a try next time instead of just buying the tasteless shop bought version.
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