I used to hate guacamole. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my now-9-year-old that I even had a taste for it (and sour cream) at all. In the last few years, though, I’ve come to love it. I tried making it a few times before, using packets of seasoning mix I had found at Wal-Mart. It was okay, but nothing to really brag about. I generally liked the packaged (Wholly Guacamole and ALDI’s brand) kind better. Since avocados can be a little on the pricey side, I thought I’d rather eat some good pre-made guacamole than mediocre homemade stuff.
Until I watched the waiters at Cristina’s Mexican Restaurant make it at our table. That’s some of the best guacamole I’ve ever eaten! We ordered their table-side guacamole a few more times, and I studied their method and ingredients. It costs $3 more than just ordering it from the kitchen, but I chalked it up to educational costs.
Finally I felt brave enough to try it at home – with some beautiful avocados, red onion, cilantro, and limes that came in one of my produce co-op bags. I recalled their method and estimated ingredient amounts and – voila! – I recreated their recipe! It was delicious! (Maybe even better than theirs…?)
1 lime, juiced
salt, to taste
1 medium jalapeño, finely diced
1/4 medium red onion, finely diced
5-6 sprigs of cilantro, minced
In a small bowl, combine salt and lime juice. Scoop out avocado into bowl and mash with fork until desired consistency is reached.
Add jalapeño, onion, and cilantro, mixing well.
Serve with tortilla chips, dollop onto a Mexican-style soup, or use as a sandwich spread. (I’m wanting to try it in a grilled cheese sandwich…)