I’ve had a long time to perfect my guacamole recipe, growing up in the Mexican food industry and also working and traveling a ton, I’ve come to be picky about my guacamole when I go out to eat. Working for Rick Bayless, he would always say there are only 5 ingredients in a perfect basic guacamole; avocados, lime juice, cilantro, onion, and serrano or jalapeño peppers, Salt is to taste and if you really hate spice you can leave the peppers out. Those few ingredients are what make the perfect accompaniment to any dish are a substantial enough to stand alongside some crispy tortilla chips. You can also add tomatoes, if you so please, when working with Rick we only added fresh tomatoes when they were in season and substitute for sundried tomatoes during the winter months.
A few basics on making guacamole, since avocados are so creamy and fatty, you really need enough cilantro, acid which is the lime juice and salt to bring all the flavors together. If you are iffy on cilantro or peppers you should try it all together in this combo, and you’ll be surprised how they perfectly complement each other.
Something else I love to do, if you’re having a party or a cookout, you can set up your own guacamole bar, some of my favorite combos are mango habanero guacamole, bacon guacamole, and roasted street corn guacamole. Just take the 5 basic ingredients and you’ll add the additional garnishes to make up a new type dip!
Roasted Corn Guacamole:
Charred Corn, Queso Fresco, Chile Powder
Lettuce, Crispy Bacon, Tomato
Mango, Red Onion, Habanero if you like spice
What are some of your favorite combinations?