Authentic Mexican guacamole recipe
Delicious and so easy to prepare.
Mexican food has always been well-admired for its authentic and delicious taste all over the world. The country has a wide variety of regional dishes that go from the most elaborated recipes to the simplest ones, but all of them with a common denominator: scrumptious!
It is true though, that some dishes more than others have transcended our borders and are representative of our country in every corner of the planet. Such is the case of tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and the side dish that can't be missed: guacamole.
Guacamole has a long history that, believe it or not, goes back to the time of the Aztecs in the 14th century. The word "guacamole" derives from the náhuatl "ahuacamolli" ahuacatl (aguacate) and molli (mole or salsa): salsa de aguacate (avocado sauce).
Avocados are native to Central America and Mexico. They were extremely important among the indigenous people of ancient Mesoamerica, as the fruit provided sustenance and was believed to possess "mythological powers". For instance, the Aztecs believed it provided strength to whomever consumed it.
In the 16th century, the Spanish explorers were introduced to the avocado, which they exported back to Spain for own consumption and to be sold to other countries in Europe.
Avocados and guacamole are deeply tied to Mexico's heritage. Nowadays, Mexico is the top producer of avocados worldwide, being the United States its main consumer. For example, can you believe that for the past 5 years, guacamole has become the official Super Bowl snack in the US? During that week, the exports of Mexican avocado to the US rocket in order to cover the demand for this now popular fruit.
Guacamole is the perfect party food, and almost every guest can eat it, no matter the diet they are on. It is a source of good fats, and with its creamy texture and mild flavor, avocados are a very flexible ingredient that can be used in many different types of dishes.
It is very easy to prepare and you can be sure that it will always be the delight of everybody. I remember when we were living in Korea, we were friends with the F&B Manager of a major hotel chain, and every time we invited he and his family to a bbq at home, he couldn't stop eating our homemade guacamole; he loved it!
So, if you are ready, here it is... the authentic Mexican guacamole recipe:
3 avocados, peeled & pitted. (If you can get the "Hass" ones, better)
2 Tomatoes (diced)
1/2 Onion (diced)
1/4 C. coriander (chopped)
Lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon, or to taste). In Mexico we use the green, not the yellow one.
Note: My family and I don't eat spicy food but it is also frequent to add chopped jalapeño or serrano chili pepper.
1) In a bowl, mash the avocados
2) Fold in tomato, onion, coriander, lemon juice, until well combined
3) Season with salt to taste
You can enjoy it with soft or hard tacos, tostadas, chips, fajitas, pork rinds, etc.
In Mexico, it is a common practice to leave the pit of the avocados inside the bowl to "prevent it from darkening". I remember my grandma and mother doing that way, so I think my girls will keep the tradition because I do it as well :)
See? I told you, guacamole is very easy to prepare. Obviously you can adjust the amount of ingredients to your preference, but if you include all the ones in this recipe, you will have a traditional Mexican dish full of color, taste and history on your table.
Besides its delicious taste, avocados have many nutritional properties. Needless to say that there are many other ways to prepare this fantastic dish, and to give you more information and different ideas to prepare guacamole or some other dishes involving avocados, click on this link and you will be surprised. It's a website dedicated exclusively to this fruit, and I found it fascinating: avocados from Mexico If you are a fan of avocados, I'm 100% sure you will love it too.
At Nueve Sterling we love being the gateway to the beautiful silver jewelry from Taxco, Mexico to the world, but not only that, we also enjoy sharing the wonders of our magnificent country, and avocados are one of them.
I hope you enjoy preparing your very own guacamole at home and if so, it would be very nice if you could share your experience in the comments section below.