Jan 18, 2013

Guacamole


 

Guacamole is one of my favorite appetizers, and my husband is usually the one who makes it. It's flavorful, clean, and healthy, but we eat it because we love it. His recipe is simple, but simple is good! He has converted many non-avocado lovers with this recipe.

The trick is to a good guacamole is leave large chunks of avocado; don't mash them thoroughly and having a perfect balance of lime juice, red onion and salt is essential. If you like it hot, you can certainly add some diced jalapeƱo, some people also like to add diced tomato which is fine, but we like it just like this!

I posted this recipe a while back, but the photos needed some updating so I figured I'd re-post in time for the Superbowl.


Avocados may be high in fat, but they have the good essential healthy fats which we should consume every day. They are also high in fiber, rich in vitamin B, E and K and have 60 percent more potassium than bananas. I love avocado so much I created an entire Avocado Obsessed Pinterest board in their honor. 

Guacamole is great with baked tortilla chips, lentil chips, baked plantain chips, chicken fajitas, or even on a wrap in place of mayonnaise. Sometimes we even make guacamole turkey burgers, I'll have to share the recipe when the weather warms up.




Guacamole
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 112 • Fat: 10 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Carb: 6.5 g • Fiber: 4.5 g • Sugar: 0.3 g
Sodium: 5.6 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:
  • 3 medium hass avocados, halved
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, mashed
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Directions:


Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly mash with a fork or a potato masher leaving some large chunks. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, red onion, garlic and mix thoroughly.

If you are serving this at a later time, a great tip to keep the guacamole from turning brown is by placing the pit in the bowl with the guacamole and cover.

Makes 2 cups.

66 comments :

  1. this is exactly how i make it!!! SO YUMMY!!!!

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    1. I wish I could tell my 20-year-old self this! I was so preoccupied with the thought of getting everything in my life “done” by 25…how ridiculous! There is no right time for anything…just a lot of good moments, if you make them your life.
      And i hope a lot of my moments are filled with this smoothie. Because, yes.

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  2. Guac is one of my fave snacks! I usually mince a couple cloves of garlic and a shallot, and let them sit in a tiny bit of olive oil for a few...then mix in the avos, tomatoes, and a small diced jalapeno. Yum! Then I add the lime and salt. Better than a restaurant! Love your blog and your recipes!

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  3. I'm such a guac fan - this is terrific! I wonder how it would affect the points to add roasted red pepper and corn to this?

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  4. I just found this website and I'm so excited! I've been wanting to find more blogs that are WW friendly!
    ablogaboutfood2.blogspot.com

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  5. I am a freak when it comes to eating Avocados, I absolutely love them. So I know I would love this. Thanks Gina.

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  6. mmm, we made this last night!! we LOVE it!! thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Another great way to keep from turning brown- place a piece of plastic wrap or even a baggie on top of the guacamole,sealing the edges. It will keep for almost a week or more this way. Thanks for the recipe! That's how I make mine too. Sometimes I add some salsa if in a hurry.

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  8. How much is a serving size? On a lot of these recipes it says the pts but then not how much will equal that many pts. New to this site but think that I am gonna like it! :)

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    1. Hi- Under the title of the recipe Gina puts the # servings and the serving size. For this one it is:

      Servings: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 cup

      You will love all of her recipes!

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  9. This is DELICIOUS!!!

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  10. I made this tonight and it's delicious! I just wanted to point out though that I think you have the points wrong. 3 avocados = 30 points, so one sixth of that is definitely not 3 points. (None of the other ingredients add points.) I might be missing something, but I just wanted to let you know.

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  11. Hi Beth, 3 points per serving are correct. Haas avocados are smaller than the other avocados, perhaps you are thinking of the larger ones. I've added the calories, fat and fiber to this recipe.

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  12. I was going to question the points as well - my book (Momentum) says 1/4, 60 gm (2 oz)of medium, avocado is 2 pts - doesn't mention a type but hass are the only kind you can get around here. So 1/6th would be 4 points - how do I decide?

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  13. If you look up the calories, fat and fiber for a medium size hass, you can figure out the points that way.

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  14. Hi Gina, I absolutely love your blog! I was wondering if you can tell me about how much 1/6 is? Is it like 2 tbs? Thanks!

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  15. I know this is an old recipe, but I second the PP about serving size. Does anyone have an idea how much that is?

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  16. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I just made this and my husband who claims to hate guacamole can't keep his hands off it. Thank you!

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  17. Growing up w/ an avocado grove my immediate family, I've learned a trick or two about keeping the guac from turning brown. The real key to success is keeping the air off. Take a piece of plastic wrap and lay it over the guac. Working from the center out, gently smooth out and remove any air bubbles you see under the wrap. Guac doesn't stick when you pull up the wrap and it will stay green this way 'til its gone. Also works on cut 'cados too. Enjoy ;D

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    1. There is also another way to keep your Guac from going brown. Leave the seed in your mixture and cover with syran wrap.

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  18. Do you know how much this makes? I'm thinking of making it so that a pumpkin is barfing guacamole, but I don't know if I should double the recipe.

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  19. Loved this, thanks for posting!!

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  20. This is almost exactly how i make my guac too! I add jalapenos, grapes and pears though for an extra twist :)

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  21. I always add a little cumin to my guacamole and I skip the onions.

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  22. I always order guacamole if I have Spanish or Mexican anything. I think it's time I actually made it myself!! My boyfriend is learning how to make fresh salsa so this would be perfect if I learned this! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  23. This is exactly the ingredients I use for my gauc; except ratioed down to just one avocado for my husband and I!

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  24. Gina - have you actually tested the "pit" trick to keep the guac from turning brown? I have, several times, and it absolutely has no effect. The only way to keep guacamole green is to put plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to keep it from being exposed to the air, which is what causes the browning.

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    1. I also wrap it in plastic, so perhaps that is what keeps it from turning brown, I do both.

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    2. Lee Ann, a secret of the Southwest, immediately after cutting your avocados, dunk them in ice water for 20 seconds. This prevents them from turning brown. Not sure why, but it works.

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  25. My recipe is surprisingly different. I don't use onion at all - but I do use tomatillos! I also leave out the cilantro (hate it!) and add jalapenos, cayenne, and red pepper flakes (we love a kick).

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  26. I could eat guacamole at every meal. Loooove it!

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  27. That's funny you posted this today! Try stuffing it and bacon in a chicken breast! See my post from two days ago!! It's really yummy!
    http://www.marysbites.com/2013/01/guacamole-and-bacon-stuffed-chicken.html

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  28. I makes this all the time but I love some heat so a chopped serrano does the trick...I did not know the pit would help it keep the color until serving time thanks for the tip. The best thing about making this recipe is you can add a little or a lot of what you like to get the flavor you want. I like mine spicy with extra lime just. =)

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  29. We use the pico de gallo from the grocery store....

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  30. This instantly reminded me of an appetizer I had once. Jicama-Wrapped Guacamole, so good!

    http://www.shape.com/appetizer/jicama-wrapped-guacamole

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  31. OK, a strange non-avocado-related comment: What kind of chips did you use for the picture? They look nice and substantial. Thanks

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    1. They were Baked Lentil Chips with sea salt. Gluten free, the brand is Mediterranean Snacks. I found them in the gluten free section of my supermarket.

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  32. First, I love your site and I recommend it to anyone who will listen to me! Thanks for your wonderful blog!
    I make my guac just like this only I add fresh pomegranate arils on top! The pop of color is beautiful and festive and it helps keep the top from browning. The pomegranate also adds a lovely little crunch and delicate sweetness. Definitely worth a try! :)

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  33. Gina, I add tomatoes to my recipe which is very similar to this one. I've always used the regular sized avocados and I add one tomatoe per avocado. Cut tomatoe in small chunks and drain the natural juices before adding to guacamole, might have to increase the salt just a little to compensate for the tomatoe added. Reduces amount eaten,therefore less calories per serving.

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  35. That's the same recipe I use, ingredient wise. I cut up the onion and garlic first though and let is marinade in the lime juice while I cut and peel the avocados. So yummy!

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  36. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing

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  37. I follow your avocado board on Pinterest and didn't even know it was you! I love it! Just had half an avocado, mashed, on a sprouted wheat English muffin with salt, pepper and lemon juice! My fav breakfast! Your guac looks yummy. Maybe the other half for dinner!

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  38. Found those chips on sale in Whole Foods. Stop and Shop carries a few flavors. whole Foods had 5 varieties!!!

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  39. Oh, that guac looks great.

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  40. Guacamole is also one of my favourite apps and it is so easy to make!

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  41. i found if you add 3 or 4 shakes of dry ground mustard in it ,you will be amazed

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  42. I love guacamole and usually get it from whole foods...well recently they started making "kalemole", guacamole with kale...its AMAZING! Can you make a version with Kale in it??

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  43. One way to keep the guac from turning brown is layer thin slices of lime all over the top. Looks nice for presentation too!

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  44. I love the lime flavor in guac and find that adding the zest from the lime bumps it up a notch - Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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  46. Try adding chopped tomatoes too. Also, if you like a little kick to your guacamole, add a few crushed red pepper flakes. YUM!

    Jen
    http://lemonadeandlipgloss.blogspot.com/

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  47. My thirteen year old son made guacamole tonight and did a good job. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Guacamole is my FAV snack. I love it so, so very much. I've made it a ton of different ways and love it every time. We usually include tomatoes and sometimes jalapenos. It isn't the same without lime juice too!

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  49. Oh Gina! You got it right here lady. I'm from Colorado and from that state South, guacamole is serious business. There are rules to making perfect guacamole and you nailed em. Fresh, natural ingredients only. Mashed by hand, never EVER with a food processor, blender or other machine. Finished product must be chunky.

    I just love your photos.

    And a tip: as soon as you cut avocados, dunk them in ice water for 20 seconds. This keeps them from browning as well.

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  50. I just made this. It was ABSOLUTELY delicious!! I just added some tomatoes. So, so, so good. Love your site, Gina!

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  51. I just made this, having never made or even ordered guac before. It is delicious - followed the recipe exactly.

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  52. I love gauc.. .haven't tried your recipe because i am stuck in my own, but i will say as far as eating it, sometimes the chips will kill you in calories, i used sliced up jicama- it gives you the crunch you are looking for without all the extra calories! Just wanted to share a tip. LOVE your site so much!!

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  53. Ok, silly question but I'm new to calorie counting....Are those calories for the whole amount or just one serving?

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    I board a good recipe already dealt a site like this
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