How to make homemade guacamole

Do you love guacamole? We tell you how to do it homemade. Discover its unique and fresh taste to accompany any meal with few ingredients.

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27 April 2020

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Guacamole has become a must-have sauce for celebrations and snacks, although it is also used to accompany some dishes to give them an exotic and different touch. Guacamole is a Mexican sauce made from avocado and green chilli that was made during the Aztec Empire. According to pre-Hispanic mythology, Quetzalcoatl, the Toltec God offered the recipe for guacamole to his people, who were spread throughout Mesoamerica.

In Mexican cuisine, guacamole is used as a spicy sauce to accompany all types of tacos, tortillas and stews, mostly red meat based. In cuisine from other countries, Spanish among them, guacamole is usually accompanied by nachos or tortilla chips and is normally eaten as a snack. It is a 100% vegetable-based sauce, so it is suitable for people who follow a diet without foods with an animal origin.


What are the benefits of guacamole?


Guacamole is interesting for people who are concerned about following a healthy diet, mainly because of the properties of avocado and the rest of the ingredients it is made of. It is a food which helps to protect cells from oxidative damage thanks to its vitamin E contribution. Guacamole is also beneficial to cardiovascular health since it contributes to maintaining normal levels of blood cholesterol, of triglycerides and it increases the levels of so-called good cholesterol. This is due to the fact that, avocado is a food which has a high energetic value rich in monosaturated fats, which are those recommended when following a diet to combat cholesterol.

Its high content in Avocado is a source of folic acid which contributes to the growth of maternal tissues and a source of vitamin K which contributes to normal blood clotting, makes it especially recommendable during pregnancy.  On the other hand, it is a source of potassium that contributes to the normal working of the nervous system and muscles. Thus, many nutritionists recommend incorporating guacamole in the diet.


How to make guacamole


The original recipe for guacamole is made with crushed avocado, lime juice, tomato and chilli. Subsequently onion, coriander and garlic is added. Making it at home takes no longer than ten minutes and the result is spectacular. The most important thing is that the avocados you use should be ripened to perfection. They should be hard, but when you touch them, they should squash a little under your finger. Avoid those that are black, with bumps or marks.  If the avocado is green, you should leave it out of the fridge so it can ripen. A tip for it to ripen quicker is to wrap it in newspaper along with a banana or apple.



Ingredients to make guacamole:


2 or 3 large ripened avocados

1 ripened red tomato

1 onion

Lime juice (or lemon juice)

Freshly chopped coriander

Salt (to taste)


Method:

1. Finely chop the onion and coriander. Dice the tomato into small pieces and place to one side.

2. Open the avocados and remove the flesh with a spoon. Place them in a bowl and squash them with a fork.

3. Add the tomato, onion, coriander and lime juice to the bowl. Stir it.

4. Try it and add salt to taste.


You can do the entire process with a food processor or even a blender, although in this case, the texture will be more liquid, and the chunks will be more blended into the sauce.

If you are not going to eat it straight away, store it in the fridge covered with clingfilm or aluminium foil.

Serve it with corn tortillas or tortilla chips. Enjoy!