Quintessential Guacamole

Quintessential Guacamole recipe || @thismessisours #vegan #glutenfree

Until I visited California the first time I had never had proper guacamole. Growing up in Birmingham, AL I was more familiar with the guacamole they jam into a caulk gun at Taco Bell. Runny, goopy, GROSS! Ok, now I am embarrassed.

Quintessential Guacamole recipe || @thismessisours #vegan #glutenfree

In my late twenties, I met Todd who happened to grow up in Southern California where avocados are king and everyone has a special guac recipe of their own. I was terrified the first time I flew out with him to meet his mom and she told me that she was making her homemade guacamole for me. I really didn’t have much guacamole experience to go on, but I put on a brave face and told her I couldn’t wait to give it a try!

Quintessential Guacamole recipe || @thismessisours #vegan #glutenfree

What she brought out of her kitchen that evening was unlike any guacamole experience I had ever had! It was full of lime, red onion, and cilantro (the prettiest shade of green I had ever seen) and was the farthest thing from caulk gun guacamole I could have imagined. It was SO good in fact that I was tempted to eat an entire bowl in one sitting. Although I still don’t know her exact recipe, I have spent lots and lots of time over the past 8 years tweaking my own version of her amazing guac and I have to say that I think I’m close! We eat a big bowl of this almost every weekend and when I am having a particularly frustrating day nothing makes me happier than whipping up a big bowl, grabbing a bag of tortilla chips, and hanging out with my family on the patio to unwind.

Quintessential Guacamole recipe || @thismessisours #vegan #glutenfree

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Quintessential Guacamole

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Yield: 4 1x

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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe Hass avocados
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup minced cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and throw it away. Scoop the avocado from the skin with a large spoon, and place the flesh of the avocado in a mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and salt into the mixing bowl. Using a fork begin mashing the avocado flesh and the other ingredients together until the mixture is completely combined. You are looking for a texture that is in between chunky and smooth. Serve with tortillas.

 

 

21 Comments

  1. Annie August 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    You grew up in Birmingham?! I’ve been following your blog for a while and this makes me love it even more. Also, there’s some great guac in town now 🙁

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Annie,I sure did! My parents still have 2 bakeries there so we visit as often as we can. I must get your Birmingham guacamole recommendations for when I come back to visit! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Annie August 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    That was supposed to be a :), obviously!

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Katrina!

      Reply
  3. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles August 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Love these moody photos… just gorgeous as is your recipe. I might be required to add in a few fresh chopped tomatoes from the garden – tis the season 😉

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Kelly! I have been known to add in tomatoes as well, but my kids get really mad at me when I do. Ha! I love this guacamole recipe as a base, you can add whatever you like, slather it on whatever you like and it is always god!

      Reply
  4. Sherrie | With Food + Love August 27, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Meg I am obsessed with these photos, so beautiful!! As you mentioned {in the comment above this} this really is the PERFECT guac base. Super simple, super straight-forward, the best recipe to leave as is or sprinkly in a few little friends. Love it!!

    XO SHERRIE

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much Sherrie!

      Reply
  5. Lynell @ Defiantly Healthy August 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Growing up in the Midwest, I believe I was also well into my 20’s by the time I discovered (and obsessed) over avocados and guac! Such perfection in such a simple food. 🙂

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I am so glad that I am not alone Lynell! I felt so cheated when I finally had proper guacamole that I have spent the past 8 years making up for it:)

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  6. Crystal August 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

    As a native So. Californian I say Amen, Sister! We love our Mexican food here and guacamole is a must. Food in general makes everything better, but a good Guac! Oh yes. Only downside is the calories. Have a good margarita with it and soon the calories are forgotten. Can’t wait to try this recipe out. Have an avocado ripening at home as we speak. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Margaritas + guac = perfection! Crystal I can’t wait for you to try this guac. 🙂

      Reply
  7. Gaby August 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    You know I love guacamole!!!

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    1. Meg August 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Gaby, I know you do! I’ll gladly make you a big bowl:)

      Reply
  8. Susan August 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of guacamole, even though I love avocados and grew up in Southern California. This recipe, however, might turn the tables for me. It sounds delicious.

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    1. Meg August 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much Susan! I served this guac to an avocado hater not too long ago and he loved it, I think you might too:)

      Reply
  9. Ginny August 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Just finished making this recipe. Yummmm!!! I added a little jalepeno for myself, but kept it as is for the kiddos. It’s a hit all around!

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    1. Meg August 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Yay Ginny! I am so glad that you and the kids enjoyed it:) I love adding a little jalapeno when I have it on hand too, can’t be beat.

      Reply
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