“Anticipation,” 18” x 18”, digital print, 2012

Blow, David

Perfect Guacamole

Serves 4-8.
Guacamole, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec
Nahuatl words – ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). The trick to perfect guacamole is using good,
ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the
avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot
of give, the avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.
4 ripe avocados
1 red onion, minced (about 1 cup)
2 jalapenos, stems and ½ seeds removed, chopped fine
4 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
A dash of freshly grated black pepper
1 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
2 tablespoons salsa
Serve with tortilla chips.
Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.
Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper
and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili
pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the
peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near
your eyes with your hands for several hours.
Keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve.
Remember that much of this is done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients. Start
with this recipe and adjust to your taste.
Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air
reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.
Just before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix.