For years, I would watch my mom make the most delicious guacamole to accompany her famous enchiladas and tacos or simply with some crunchy tortilla chips. I would observe as she expertly scooped ripe avocados out of their peels and painstakingly chopped onions and jalapeños. In college, I longed for her guacamole every time I missed home-cooked dinners — no other store-bought or restaurant version seemed to compare. I resolved to learn her recipe to feel closer to home, and I’m finally happy with my own take on it. Here’s the only guacamole recipe you’ll ever need, leaving you feeling warm inside — not just from the jalapeños.
- 3 ripe avocados
- ⅓ red onion, diced
- ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 small jalapeño, finely diced
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit. Score the inside of the avocado with a blunt knife, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cubed avocado chunks, red onion, jalapeño and fresh lime juice. Roughly mash with a fork just until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
- Add in the cilantro, salt and pepper. Give one final mix with a fork; and depending on your desired taste, feel free to adjust the amount of salt and pepper.
- Enjoy with tortilla chips on top of your tacos or burrito bowls
Serving size: 4 servings
Tip: For storage, place a piece of saran wrap directly on top of the guacamole instead of storing it in food storage containers. The air causes oxidation which will turn your guacamole brown.
My absolute favorite part of going home is having this guacamole on hand, but now that I’m away at college, I get to make and enjoy it from my very own kitchen. This simple guacamole recipe is a serious staple and will have your roommates and friends begging you to make it every week!