It also seems like everyone on earth has their own "secret recipe." I've had guac presented as nothing more than crushed avocados, and elaborate, colorful concoctions of tomato, corn, onion, and carrot. One could almost say that guacamole is controversial. Lemon or lime? Tomatoes? Cilantro? Sour cream? Chunky or a big pile of green, creamy gloop?
I say, make it however you want. Let's rejoice in the diversity and flexibility of the avocado. However, in an attempt to guide the making of perfect guacamole, I present the following tool to help.
The golden triangle of guacamole:Similar to life, guacamole is all about achieving balance. As long as you achieve a balance right for you, who cares how you get there. Guac has three components, and suggestions for those components are included. Mix and match however you want
- Sour cream
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Chili powder
- Green chilies
Now after all this theory and philosophy, let me give you my interpretation of guacamole. I would use this one for topping and stuffing, not as a dip with chips. For another, chunky version better suited for a dip, click here.
- 2 large, ripe avocados
- A large spoonful of sour cream
- The juice of 1 lime (have some more on hand, you can also use some lemon juice if it's not zingy enough)
- 2 cloves fresh garlic or about 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Several sprigs of fresh cilantro
- 1 - 2 teaspoons chili powder
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
In another bowl, smash the remaining avocado with a fork, leaving it quite chunky. Add the processed mixture and mix well, seasoning with salt (you'll probably need a good bit) and pepper. Add more of anything you think it needs until balance is achieved.