I have been making guacamole for a very long time, as it is so easy to make and is no doubt one of the greatest condiments! My recipe when I was younger was pretty much just avocado, mayo, coriander and sweet chilli sauce. Needless to say, it has evolved a little since then!
Guacamole goes with lots of things and is a great side dish to a Mexican feast or a bowl of steamy chilli, but I also just love it with corn chips. It is essential with tacos and nachos and burritos and quesadillas… basically anything Mexican is better with guacamole (that must be very un-traditional!). Make sure to get nice ripe avocados (I think Hass are best for that rich creamy flavour). Squeeze the avocado a little on the top (not the side) to see if it’s ripe and so you don’t bruise it too much.
Salt and pepper also play a key role here. If you can: season the guacamole, and then wait 5 minutes to test it and let all the flavours melt into each other. If I’m eating it with salty corn chips or anything else really salty I sometimes skip the salt altogether, or certainly use less of it.
Also, another little trick – if you’re not serving the guacamole straight away, leave an avocado stone in it (this helps to stop it going brown), pop in an airtight container and in the fridge until needed.
If your vegan, just use vegan mayonnaise instead! To test the spicy-ness of the chilli, cut the end off and place the end to your tongue. Remember the seeds hold a lot of heat so don’t be too heavy handed with those.
- Fresh red, green or jalapeno chilli
- Small handful of fresh coriander
- 1 Ripe avocado
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp mayonnaise
- 1/4 red or white onion (finely diced) (optional)
- 1/2 tomato (finely diced) (optional)
- Salt & pepper to taste
Test the spicy-ness of the chilli, then de-seed and finely chop it. Finely chop the coriander.
In a small bowl, roughly mash and mix the avocado. Then add the lemon juice, mayonnaise, coriander, chilli, onion and tomato (if you're adding these). Season the guacamole and serve with corn chips or your favourite Mexican meal.