Today’s #BEDM (Blog Every Day in May) topic is Cinco de Mayo! Rosalilium has challenged us to unleash our inner Mexican for the day.
I’ve never been to Mexico but love the food. One of my favourite foods is guacamole. I’ve always liked avocado ever since Granma dished it up with prawn cocktail in a fetching 1970’s glass dish shaped like an avocado (in the 90s, I hasten to add)! I know a lot of people don’t like it and I think it’s the texture that puts people off.
You can buy tubs of guacamole in the supermarket but it’s just not the same. Nothing beats a bowl of freshly made guac, and it’s really easy to make.
- 2 avocados
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 clove of garlic
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 green chilli
- fresh coriander
The trick here is to have ripe avocados. It can be hard to find ripe ones in the shop so you might have to plan ahead and buy them in advance. You need them to be ripe otherwise you can’t mash them!
Get your avocados out of their skins and remove the stones. The easiest way to do this is to hit the stone with the blade of a sharp knife so the blade sticks into it and then you can just lift it out. Mind your fingers though! I take no responsibility for your inaccuracy with a knife!
Put the avocado flesh into a bowl and roughly mash it with a fork.
Chop up the flesh of your tomatoes, discarding the seeds. Add the tomato to the bowl and mix together.
Finely chop your chilli. If you like it hot, add more chilli, if you prefer it cool. Use just half. Without any chilli it’s just mashed avocado! I can’t normally eat spicy food but a green chilli in this mixture is just fine for me, and I’m someone who can’t even eat a chicken tikka marsala!
Stick your garlic in a garlic press and add it to the mix.
Finally add the juice of a lime and chopped fresh coriander. This gives your guacamole a lovely fresh taste and a bit of zing.
And that’s it! Told you it was easy 🙂 You can adapt the recipe to suit you. Add more chilli, more garlic, add an onion if you want a bit more crunch. All sorts. I’ve even been known to make the mix to further by adding some sour cream, but shhh! don’t tell any Mexicans!
Now you can enjoy your guacamole with some simple tortilla chips or perhaps with some sizzling fajitas. Perfect for a sunny bank holiday Monday.