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Classic Guacamole


Serves 6 to 8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 127

Big chunks of avocado are important to the texture of guacamole, so I mash it only enough to hold it together. When seasoning to taste, try the guacamole with the chips you’re serving. They can vary in saltiness, so this is a good way to make sure you add just the right amount.

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped white onion
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh serrano or jalapeño, including seeds; more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 6- to 7-oz. ripe Hass avocados, preferably Mexican
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice; more to taste

Using a mortar and pestle, or the blade and side of a chef’s knife, mash half of the cilantro, the onion, the chile, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt to a paste. Leave the paste in the mortar, if large, or transfer it to a serving bowl.

Halve and remove the pits of the avocados. Use a paring knife to score the flesh in a 1/2-inch crosshatch pattern, being careful not to cut through the skin. Use a spoon to scoop the avocado into the bowl. Add the remaining cilantro and the lime juice, and mash the avocado gently with the pestle or a fork, leaving some chunks. Season to taste with more lime juice, salt, and chile. It’s best served immediately.

Make Ahead Tips

The guacamole can be made up to 1 hour ahead; cover the surface with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 50, Fat (kcal): 4.5, Fat Calories (g): 40, Saturated Fat (g): 0.5, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Carbohydrates (mg): 3, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0.5, Sodium (g): 75, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 2,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Love this recipe! I have a big mortar and pestle so it is fun pounding the salt with the first ingredients. I think that is the trick of the recipe, using the mortar and pestle. I also add garlic in the pounding stage. It is a great party dish, as well as a constant family request. On July 4th I made the recipe with my daughter's food processor. Fantastic! Still better texture with the mortar and pestle, but the taste is excellent. I also add a couple tomatoes, seeds removed, at the end for color and taste.

I found this guacamole absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again.

This is the identical recipe that I have been using for many years, down to the consistency of the finished guac being more chunky. It is hands down the best guac ever, and I have been asked repeatedly for the recipe. Enjoy.

This recipe completely overpowers the taste of avocado and is not one I find acceptable. Guacamole should feature the flavor of fine avocados, not be overpowered by chili and cilantro. A little lime juice, salt and ripe avocado is wonderful.I find this recipe interesting for a number of reasons. If you're using an inferior variety of avocado(too many to name) then it is a different game. "Hass avocados, preferably Mexican" means what? there are three major varieties of avocado - West Indian, Mexican and Guatemalan. There are of course many hybrids - Haas being one. Two comments here: Haas from Mexico - WHY? Second: There are numerous avocados which have a much richer taste. Why Haas?

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