One of my favorite snacks is fresh guacamole and during the summer months I seem to crave it all the time! It’s so easy to make and it’s a great way to use up ripe avocados before they go bad. It’s great as a snack on its own, paired with some fresh salsa or spread on toast for a morning meal.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 tomato, diced
- 2 tbsp purple onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- juice of 1 lime
- salt & pepper to taste
- dash of paprika
Making guacamole is seriously so easy….with the exception of finding perfectly ripe avocados. Any fellow avocado lover will know the struggle of the very short window of time where an avocado is ripe but not too ripe. Usually I end up buying a bag from Costco with a plan to make guacamole that week (day to be determined by how fast/slow they ripen). If they ripen too fast it also helps to put them in the fridge so that they last a little longer.
Anyways, once you have a couple of soft avocados, cut them in half, remove the pit and use a fork to mash them in a mixing bowl. Once you have a desired consistency (some people like it chunky while others like it smooth) add the fresh diced tomatoes, onion, jalapeno*, minced garlic, lime juice and salt & pepper and mix together. I like to taste it at this point to make sure there is enough salt and lime juice. Finish with a dash of paprika.
*When cutting and coring jalapeno I like to wear disposable latex gloves so that the juice doesn’t get on my hands (if you’ve ever touched your eye after chopping a jalapeno you know why!)
Do you have a favorite summer snack? Let me know in the comments below!