What’s Up Hungry People
This isn’t the first time guacamole has shown up on my blog. It’s just the first time I didn’t deep fry it. It’s a classic that never gets old.
Now, when it comes to guacamole, there are two schools of thought: chunky or smooth. Some folks prefer a smoother texture, while others, like me, enjoy the satisfaction of biting into chunky avocado goodness. Whichever camp you belong to, this recipe can easily be tweaked to suit your taste buds.
Today we’re keeping it simple and focusing on the fresh and chunky goodness of this dip.
Here’s What You Need
- Avocados: The creamy base of the guacamole, providing richness and texture.
- Sweet onion: Adds a mild and slightly sweet flavor to the guacamole.
- Lemon juice: Helps prevent the avocados from browning and adds a refreshing tang.
- Lime juice: Enhances the citrusy flavor and freshness of the guacamole.
- Cherry tomatoes: Adds sweetness and a burst of juicy flavor to the guacamole.
- Cayenne pepper: Adds a subtle kick of heat and depth of flavor.
- Cilantro: Provides a fresh and herbaceous taste to the guacamole.
- Garlic: Enhances the overall savory flavor and adds a delicious aroma.
- Salt: Balances the flavors and enhances the taste of the other ingredients.
- Pepper: Adds a hint of spiciness and complements the other flavors in the guacamole.
Let’s Get Started
As luck would have it, I found myself with a handful of cherry tomatoes that were on their last leg. Waste not, want not, right? I decided to incorporate these juicy gems into my guacamole. You might be wondering why I would willingly include tomatoes when, truth be told, they aren’t my favorite. Well, I must admit that their natural sweetness adds a delightful contrast to the overall flavor of the guacamole.
To start, pit and cube your avocados. For the perfect balance of creaminess and texture, I recommend using one firm avocado and one that’s slightly riper. The firm one will provide a bit of structure, while the ripe one will add that velvety smoothness we all love.
Now, let’s talk about ripeness. It’s crucial to choose avocados that are at their peak. How do you know? Well, a ripe avocado will easily slide out of its skin with just a gentle nudge from a spoon. Trust me, it’s a beautiful feeling.
Oh, and here’s a pro tip: when slicing your avocado, be careful not to cut through the skin. Instead, slice it while it’s still in the skin, creating a lovely crosshatch pattern. This way, when you scoop it out, you’ll have perfectly diced avocado ready to go.
Once your avocados are cubed and ready, it’s time to bring in the supporting cast. In a bowl, add a splash of lemon and lime juice, which not only adds a refreshing tang but also prevents the avocados from browning too quickly.
Then, toss in those cherry tomatoes, some finely diced onions, a sprinkle of cumin for depth, a dash of cayenne for a subtle kick, minced garlic for that irresistible aroma, and, of course, a pinch of salt and pepper to enhance the flavors.
Now, here’s where the magic happens. If you prefer a smoother consistency, grab a potato ricer and press the mixture through it. This will break down the ingredients and give you a velvety texture. Alternatively, if you like it extra smooth, feel free to use a blender. However, if you’re like me and crave a bit of texture, simply give it a good mix, allowing some of the avocado to stay in satisfyingly chunky pieces.
Helpful Tips & Tricks
- Ripe avocados: Make sure to use ripe avocados for the best flavor and texture. Look for avocados that yield slightly when gently squeezed.
- Customize the chunkiness: If you prefer a chunkier guacamole, be gentle when mixing the ingredients. If you want a smoother consistency, you can use a potato masher or fork to further mash the avocados.
- Adjust the seasoning: Taste your guacamole and adjust the seasoning according to your preference. Feel free to add more salt, pepper, lime juice, or spices to suit your taste buds.
- Prevent browning: To prevent the guacamole from browning, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole before storing it in the fridge. This helps create a barrier against air exposure.
- Freshness check: Before using the cherry tomatoes, make sure they are fresh and not overripe. Overripe tomatoes may make the guacamole too watery.
- Variations: Feel free to customize your guacamole by adding other ingredients such as diced jalapeños, roasted corn, or diced bell peppers. Get creative and experiment with different flavors and textures.
- Serving suggestions: Guacamole is incredibly versatile. Serve it as a dip with tortilla chips, as a topping for tacos, burritos, or grilled meats, or even as a spread on sandwiches or burgers.
- Storage: If you have any leftovers, store the guacamole in an airtight container in the fridge. To maintain freshness, squeeze a little extra lime juice on top before sealing the container.
And there you have it Hungry People, a guacamole that strikes the perfect balance between chunky and smooth. With every bite, you’ll experience the creamy richness of avocado combined with the burst of sweetness from the cherry tomatoes.
It’s a simple yet delightful twist on a classic recipe.
So, whether you’re planning a casual get-together, a picnic in the park, or simply craving a delicious snack, this chunky guacamole will always hit the spot. It’s versatile, customizable, and bursting with flavors that will make anyone’s taste buds dance with joy.
- Cut each avocado in half lengthwise to the pit in the center. Use the knife to remove the pit.
- Cube the avocado while still in the skin and then add to a bowl with the lemon and lime juice to keep the cubes from browning.
- Slice the onions and cherry tomatoes and toss them into the bowl with the avocado. Sprinkle in the cayenne pepper, cilantro, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Use a potato ricer to achieve the desired consistency. Alternatively, you can mash the avocado mixture with a fork for a chunkier texture.
- Serve the guacamole at room temperature with chips or veggies for dipping. If you have any leftovers (if there is any!), store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy