You know what I love about guacamole, it is a creamy blend of zesty flavors that adds a nice touch onto many foods. Adding a dollop on top of your favorite soup, salad, use it as a spread on a sandwich, or on a variety of Mexican dishes can make a huge difference. Of course there is the traditional use of it as a dip. It's perfect for large gatherings as it is such a crowd favorite. Or if you are like me, you can bypass the chips all together and just eat it from a spoon. Yep, it is just that good!
Some people shy away from avocados in general because the fat content scares them. But the fats in avocados are healthy fats. If you have heard that before but still aren't buying it, let me explain that concept further. First of all, most of the fats in avocados are monounsaturated fats. Those are heart healthy fats which play an important role in cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats also speed up your metabolic rate so you will burn more calories when you are in a state of rest. The Omega 3's in avocados also stabilize blood pressure and sustain a normal heartbeat. Avocados are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. They are packed with nutrients and leave you feeling completely satisfied. Many people lose weight when incorporating avocados into their diet for this reason. So often people get caught up in calorie counting and forget about the quality of their calories.
If you are on a low calorie diet and eat things with empty calories, those won't sustain you long term. You will either end up overeating because you feel deprived, or you will eat way more than a typical serving size because you are caught up in the fact that the food item you have chosen is low in calories or has no fat. When focusing on the quality of the calories and what it can provide for your body from a nutritional standpoint, you can avoid those pitfalls.
So back to my delicious guacamole! This recipe involves some very basic ingredients and can be whipped up in no time. The most important thing you will need though, is of course, ripe avocados. Guacamole just doesn't turn out if your avocados aren't ripe. Don't even bother! You can add more bite if you like things extra spicy by adding some more hot sauce or chipotle powder. You could also dice up a jalapeno. That would undoubtedly add some heat. I use the juice from one lemon and one lime in my recipe. But if you only have lemons or limes, not both, that is fine too. This recipe yields about 3 cups of guacamole.
4 ripe avocados
juice from one lemon
juice from 1 lime
5 dashes of hot sauce of your choice (optional)
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chipotle powder
3 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced small
1. Cut avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh into a large bowl.
2. Once all of your avocados are scooped into the bowl, immediately pour lemon and lime juice over them. Then add hot sauce, onion, garlic, sea salt, ground pepper, cumin, and chipotle powder. Use a fork or knife to break down the avocado while mixing everything together.
3. Add the tomatoes and mix well. Taste to see if more salt or pepper is needed and enjoy!