Homemade Guacamole Dip With Real Ingredients
If you love avocados and guacamole dip, then this hub is for you. I never used to make my own guacamole dip. I loved to order it in restaurants, or even buy them at the supermarket. Then I read that most guacamole dips in the stores are made up of only 20% avocado, and then rest, chemicals. Lately these days, there is more and more information coming out about all the chemicals and harmful toxins put into our food. I think it's vital that we all learn how to read ingredients and learn what to stay away from. I am also a firm believer in making and creating homemade food. I also use organic ingredients when I can. Everything tastes so much better when it doesn't contain pesticides and other fake chemicals. Sometimes organic can cost more, however if you do your research, you will find some foods don't need to be organic while others do. Your tummy will also thank you. ;) Guacamole dip is great any time of the year. It's full of good healthy nutrition and I myself have become obsessed with it.
You will need the following ingredients: try to use organic when possible.
2-3 roma tomatoes diced (I like a lot of tomato)
1 lime juiced
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Step 1: Wash your roma tomatoes then place on cutting board. I don't like the inside of the tomato in my guacamole so I basically gut out the tomato by cutting off one end and scooping out the insides like a pumpkin with a spoon. You might like the insides so you might decide to use the whole tomato. I personally have discovered that the juices in the tomato can make the guacamole a little more liquidy then I like. As you can see from the photos, I have gutted out the tomato and have cut them into rings, making it easier to dice. If you have special kitchen tools to make this faster, by all means. I have a habit of cutting my veggies by hand to have more control. Yes obsessive I know, lol. Place the diced tomato pieces in a large bowl.
Step 2: Slice 1/4 cup of a sweet onion. You can also use a white onion if you like. My personal recipe is a sweet onion, it just tastes so good. Place diced onion in the bowl with the tomatoes.
Step 3: Wash your fresh cilantro and remove the leaves from the stem. Chop the cilantro so that the pieces are not too big and not too small. For one leaf, I would say cut into 3 pieces. Measure out 3 tablespoons or add a little more for that extra kick and place in bowl. Cilantro is actually very nutritious for you. Try to use fresh cilantro for the best flavor.
Step 4: Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. You can use a real garlic clove or minced garlic from a jar. Fresh garlic is always best, however minced garlic from a jar is just as flavorful. I used from a jar. If you like a lot of garlic, add 2 teaspoons.
Step 5: Add 1 teaspoon of salt. I first add 1 tsp. then after the guacamole is done, I do a taste test and decide it if might need a little more salt. Usually I add a few more pinches. Play around and experiment, that way you can tailor your own guacamole dip.
Step 6: Finally it's time to add those 4 avocados. Using a sharp knife, cut the avocado in half long ways. Then remove the pit, this might take a little maneuvering. Please be careful if you are using a knife, you can also use a spoon. Then take the one half of the avocado and slice it inside long ways, then cut all the way around inside the shell, this will make it easier to get out of the shell. Squeeze the sliced pieces out of the shell onto a plate and cut into smaller pieces, then place in the bowl. Do this for all your avocado halves until they are all in the bowl.
Step 7: Take 1 lime and cut it in half. If the lime is slightly hard, cut slices into the lime to loosen up the juice. Then squeeze both lime halves into the bowl on top of the guacamole.
Step 8: Mash guacamole with a fork until it is mushy and not as chunky. Then stir until all the ingredients are mixed together and you have what resembles awesome homemade guacamole. For best tastiest results, refrigerate for one hour before serving. My favorite food items to serve with guacamole is warmed garlic pita bread and multigrain pita chips. Yum!