What makes a great classic Mexican guacamole? Start by choosing the right avocados. They need to be perfectly ripe; soft but not mushy in order to have the best flavor and texture.
How to pick the perfect Avocados
If picking perfect avocados were a talent I got paid for, I’d be rich! When picking the perfect avocado you want to choose one that is firm to the touch but not hard. You should be able to squeeze it a bit and get soft feel.
Check for color. Usually deeper green means your avocado is ripe. Check the end of your avocado and see if the tip comes off easily, another sign of ripeness.
It’s about as simple as it sounds and there’s a ton of recipes on internet for guacamole. Why did I bother writing a recipe about smashing avocados in a bowl? Because this one is the best you will ever have! It is the result of many guacamole-making sessions and lots of guacamole tasting at local restaurants.
This classic recipe should be chunky so don’t get tempted to use a blender or food processor. If you don’t have a molcajete which is the traditional mortar and pestle that people use to make guacamole don’t worry.
You can make the guacamole in a regular mortar and pestle like I did or simply make it in a bowl with a fork but be sure not to over mix your guacamole.
Chunky Guacamole Ingredients
- 3 Ripe Avocados
- 1 roma tomato
- yellow or white onion
- jalapeno or serrano
- fresh lime juice
How to prevent Guacamole from turning brown
Avocados oxidize rather quickly. To prevent owning, make sure you add fresh lime juice and eat as soon as possible. If you need to make your guac ahead of time, reserve the avocado seed and add it to your guacamole, it makes it stay fresh for longer.
Also, covering with a piece of cling wrap helps prevent oxidation. You can also freeze guacamole if you need to save some leftovers but this guac is so good it will be all gone 🙂
Best Guacamole in Phoenix
As I mentioned, I eat out quite often and guacamole is my go-to appetizer if available in the menu. Here are some of my favorite guacamoles in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area:
- La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Hands down the best. Quality is consistent and portion size is generous.
- The Mission: Great flavor and quality avocados. Portion size is small though.
Classic Mexican Guacamole
- 3 Hass Avocados Ripe
- 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice freshly squeezed
- 1/2 Jalapeno pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped white onion
- 1/2 cup chopped roma tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- cut the avocados lenghtwise and remove the pit
- remove the avocado flesh with a spoon and place it in your bowl
- mashed them with a fork leaving a few chunks for texture. Do not over mix
- add the lime juice, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, salt and pepper and mix until combined
- Serve and enjoy inmediatly or refrigerate until ready to eat