April 25, 2016

The Best Guacamole Recipe

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Every month we get together with a few of our favorite neighbors for Taco Night. We take turns hosting and  stuff our faces with homemade tacos, chips, salsa, and play card games until late in the night.

Taco Nights are so fun because everyone brings a dish to share. One neighbor always brings a different variety of gourmet salsas for us to taste-test.  Another brings a collection of hot sauces! No matter what though, everyone always asks me to bring this guacamole. I have a favorite guacamole recipe I have been perfecting for the past few years. It is a HUGE hit at Taco Night and everyone always raves over it.

This guacamole is recipe is perfect for taking to parties because you can throw it together super quickly. And keep reading for my trick at the end to keep it from turning brown! This guacamole will stay looking fresh all night even sitting out… Not that it will last that long! ;)

Spice up your Taco Night with this fresh, delicious homemade guacamole! :)

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Here’s all you need…

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

First peel and quarter a red onion and place it in a food processor.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. You’ll be adding a few more things and processing it more, so it doesn’t have to be too finely diced at this stage.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Next, chop off the top of a jalapeno and split in half. If you can handle the heat, go ahead and throw it in just like this.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

I prefer a more mild guacamole though, so I scrape out the seeds. :)

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Add the jalapeno to the food processor…

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

As well as a handful (about a cup) of cilantro. Just roughly chop the leaves off the stems and throw them in the bowl.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Pulse a few more times until coarsely chopped.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Next, grab two plum (aka roma) tomatoes and split in half.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

And scrape out the seeds.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Add the tomatoes to the food processor…

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

And pulse until finely chopped. You could stop here and have pico de gallo!

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

When choosing avocados to make guacamole, they should give when squeezed, but not be mushy. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a large bowl.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Add the juice of half a lemon and half a lime (about a tablespoon of each).

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

And PLENTY of salt and pepper. I usually start with 1/2 teaspoon each. And for that “secret ingredient” flavor, add a dash of cumin.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

Finally, add as much of the pico de gallo mixture to the avocados as you’d like to get your desired texture. Stir with a fork until just combined. I like to leave my guacamole a little chunky. I usually have about 1/2 to 1 cup of the pico mixture leftover.

Place the rest of the pico de gallo in separate bowl for dipping chips and topping on tacos.

This is literally the BEST guacamole recipe ever!!

To serve, place the guacamole in a bowl and cover with slices of lime. This will keep the guacamole from turning brown! As the night goes on and the guacamole gets eaten, people can remove slices of lime to reveal more fresh guacamole.

Enjoy!!! :)

The Best Guacamole Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • ½ red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1 cup cilantro, loosely packed
  • 2 plum or roma tomatoes
  • 3 hass avocados
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon each)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel and quarter a red onion and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Remove the seeds from a jalapeno, then cut into 4 pieces and add to bowl. Add the cilantro and pulse a few more times until coarsely chopped. Cut the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds, and add to the bowl. Pulse a few more times until finely chopped.
  2. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh into a separate bowl. Add the lemon and lime juice, salt, pepper, and cumin if desired.
  3. Add all but one cup of the onion mixture to the avocados and stir with a fork until just combined. I prefer to leave my guacamole a little chunky. Add more of the onion mixture if desired. I usually use all but ½-1 cup of the mixture. Set out the remaining onion mixture (pico de gallo) for dipping chips or topping on tacos.

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This Rainbow Vegetable tray is so bright and colorful! A great healthy option for snacking between meals. It’s so fun, everyone will want to eat their veggies! :)

Everyone will love this fun Rainbow Vegetable Tray! Perfect for taking to a party!

When Kevin gets home from work, he is usually starving! When I’m making dinner he’s usually in the kitchen with me, hovering to see what he can snack on. :) I love having him around when I’m cooking, so I try to leave snacks out for him. But I don’t want him to spoil his dinner, so I try to have some light and healthy options available that are also quick and easy for me to throw together.

Definitely making this next Rainbow Vegetable Tray for our next get-together!

He especially loves crunchy raw carrots, so whenever I am chopping vegetables, I always set out a tray with Sabra hummus so he can swipe veggies and snack with me while I’m in the kitchen. I love having my family around me while I’m making dinner, talking about each other’s day and what the pups have gotten into. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. Miley, Howie, and Winnie are usually circling underfoot hoping to catch bits of cheese or something that I’ve dropped. They definitely know the word “Uh oh!” and come running to see what I’ve dropped.

Such a fun Rainbow Vegetable Tray! Perfect for appetizers and snacks!

I always try to keep Sabra hummus on hand so we can snack on fruits and veggies while we’re standing around in the kitchen. There are so many delicious, creative flavors to choose from. I love trying them all. We used Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus in the photos above. It’s definitely one of our favorites!

Gorgeous Rainbow Vegetable Tray! Perfect for parties!

Keep Sabra hummus, Greek yogurt dips, salsas, and guacamole on hand in your home to always have a quick and easy, healthy snacking option available on hand for those unofficial meals. It’s great for getting people together in the kitchen. And they go with whatever you have on hand — crackers, chips, pretzels, bread, fruit, veggies, and more. Basically you could put hummus on anything and I’d eat it! :)

Do you like having people in the kitchen with you while you’re making dinner, or is it your quiet time to unwind?

Thanks so much for reading!!

This post is in partnership with Sabra Dipping Co. All content, photos, and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting sponsors that allow me to create new content for Kevin & Amanda!

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