Growing up, we set the table with the necessities – spoons, forks, napkins, guacamole. Because guacamole is a NECESSITY in my foodie world. We had an avocado tree in my childhood home. I didn’t know what a blessing it was to have that gigantic tree in the backyard until I grew up and started buying avocados. Those little guys can be crazy expensive! My mom made the best quick and easy guacamole too. You can buy the store-made stuff, but in my humble opinion, it just tastes better when it’s fresh especially when it’s my mom’s recipe.
The worst was when we had to throw away rotten avocados. Isn’t that a cardinal sin? Definitely against the law in California. I joke with a real estate friend of mine that when you’re house hunting, the avocado tree in the backyard is a must just like the number of bathrooms, bright kitchen, and open floor plan. We need to plant an avocado tree because you can never have too much quick and easy guacamole for tacos, eggs, grilled chicken, or any Mexican recipe.
Here’s a little trick: to prevent guacamole from turning brown, leave the pit in and add some lemon.
My mom didn’t always add jalapeño. Sometimes, what she called guacamole was just mashed up avocado with salt and maybe some ground cumin and lime. There are so many different versions of guacamole, but this is my favorite. Simple. Creamy. Delicious. I just mashed this up, but for a creamier texture, pulse it in the food processor a few times. YUM!
- 2 ripe avocados
- ¼ c onion, minced
- 1 tomato, finely diced
- 1 jalapeño, finely diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Juice of 1 lime
- Pinch of ground cumin
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Mash all ingredients together. Serve immediately.