If your taste buds are craving something new, it might be time to try a new twist on the classic guacamole recipe. While you’re swinging through your local Homeland Store, why not snag the basics and even a fun addition or two? You’ll be whipping up a treat your taste buds will enjoy in no time.
You can make stunning guacamole without standing over the stove roasting vegetables for hours. Guacamole can be made as a special treat or as a last-minute dish for a party or event. No matter why you’re making guacamole, the basic recipe below won’t let you down.
The Basic Recipe
No matter how fancy or relaxed your plans are for this avocado concoction, this guacamole won’t let you down.
- 4 ripe avocados, halved and pits removed
- 2 medium jalapenos, finely diced with seeds (to taste)
- 1 small lime, juiced
- ¼ cup of medium salsa
- ¼ cup onion, finely diced
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Black pepper
After halving and removing the pits, remove the avocado from the peel and dice it into chunks. Place all the avocado in the bowl. Add the diced jalapenos to the avocado–with as many of the seeds for spice as you like. Toss in the salsa and the thinly-diced onions. Use the back of a fork to mash all the ingredients together. Add a ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, as well as salt and black pepper to taste.
Make Your Guacamole Fun
It’s possible that avocados and guacamole are currently more popular than ever before. Take advantage of the cultural enthusiasm and kick your guacamole up a notch. Below you’ll find four simple ideas, all intended to land your dish as the center of attention during any gathering.
Bacon and ranch are popular additions to all kinds of foods, from pizza and quesadillas to macaroni and cheese and club sandwiches. Don’t leave your guacamole out!
Just add a 1/3 cup of real bacon bits (or two cooked and crumbled slices of bacon) and a 1/4 cup of your favorite ranch dressing. Stir everything together and serve as either a spread or a dip. Also, it never hurts to have additional bacon bits for presentation purposes.
Honey Roasted Corn
Add some color and flavor at the same time by adding a Honey Roasted Sweet Corn Green Giant Steamer to the mix. This microwaveable package of frozen veggies not only includes roasted corn, but also a few diced peppers–and it’s all been flavored with honey.
Simply microwave the package according to directions and then strain any additional liquid from the package. Add the contents of the package to your basic guacamole and your guests will think you spent hours cooking the fire roasted veggies.
Mango and Poblano
If you’re a lover of sweet mixed with spicy, this is a recipe you’ll love. Mouths will water at the mention of adding diced mangoes and poblano peppers.
Simply buy a four-pack of single-serving diced mangoes in water and a poblano pepper. Pour the liquid off the mango chunks and dice them up smaller before adding them to the basic guacamole. Thinly dice the poblano pepper and add it as well.
For a deeper level of flavor, rub the poblano with olive oil and roast on a baking sheet in the oven at 425 degrees for 30-45 minutes. After steaming it and removing the blackened skin, you can chop it up and add it to the guacamole.
Pineapple and Roasted Bell Peppers
The fourth idea for dazzling your diners is a sweet and savory guacamole. All you’ll need is a 20-ounce can of diced pineapple and a jar of deli-sliced, roasted bell peppers.
Use about ⅔ of the can of pineapple but chop the chunks into smaller pieces. Then add ¼ cup of the roasted peppers, also diced, into the guacamole. Add in additional peppers, pineapple, and onion until you have the flavor just right.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Sometimes nature doesn’t make guacamole preparation easy, and if you’re feeling like making guacamole is more trouble than it’s worth, maybe these tips and tricks will help.
Ripen Hard Avocados
If your avocados were a little too green to make guacamole, you’ll want to ripen them quickly. First, place three avocados in a brown paper bag and close it up. If you have a day or two before making your dip, this will be enough.
For a shorter period of time, add a banana, apple, or tomato to the brown paper bag. The paper sack will trap the naturally occurring hormone called ethylene that causes fruit to ripen.
Slicing and Peeling Avocados
Once you’ve removed the meat of the avocado from the peel, slicing and chopping the squishy fruit is sometimes problematic. To make it easier, halve them and remove the pit first. Then softly cut the slices with the peel still on. Use a spoon and gently slide between the peel and the fruit to separate them.
Keeping Guacamole Green
Once you’ve put your guacamole together, keeping it green and fresh in appearance can be difficult. There are three methods you can use to aid in this endeavor.
- Seal the dish with the guacamole in plastic wrap to keep air out
- Add extra lime juice on top
- Use both plastic wrap and additional lime juice, but also insert the pit into the center of the guacamole before wrapping in plastic
Don’t Forget Instacart!
Sometimes getting to the grocery store can create a hiccup in an otherwise smooth schedule. Don’t worry–that’s why there’s Instacart. Set aside a few minutes to go online and order exactly what you need for your favorite dishes and a courier will deliver them directly to your door.