Guacamole is a dipping sauce that you are probably all familiar with. You get the best guacamole by making it at home from fresh ingredients rather than buying it in a store.As guacamole is an avocado-based sauce, it is the most important ingredient. Of course the avocado must be ripe. Luckily avocados are fruits that ripen after the harvest, so if they are not ripe yet you can simply wait for that to happen. (It will happen faster with a banana nearby.) To get a more interesting texture, use a fork to mash the avocado rather than a blender. Apart from avocado the other ingredients that are absolutely required are salt and lime juice. The lime is need to prevent oxidation (the guacamole turning brown) and to balance out the flavor. Other ingredients can be used to give the guacamole more flavor. Here is my version.
2 ripe avocados
4 small or 2 medium ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 small red onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp minced cilantro leaves
1 jalapeño, minced (seeded or not)
juice of 1/2 lime
Mince the garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, and red onion. Seed and finely chop the tomato. Have a lime ready before you open up the avocado, because it will turn brown pretty quickly without the lime juice. Cut around the seed of the avocado lengthwise, and remove the seed. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon (this should be easy if it is ripe).
Put the avocado flesh on a plate and immediately sprinkle with the freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lime.
Use one or two forks to mash the avocado flesh…
…until it is a coarse puree.
Add tomato, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, and garlic.
Stir to mix, then season to taste with plenty of salt. The avocado will keep in the refrigerator for several days, but serve it at room temperature.