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.
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.
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