Hola from sunny Mexico, mi amors! Now I know what you might be thinking: a vacation in sunny paradise? With nothing to do but watch the palm trees sway? Thanks, Kate, rub it in. Well, I’ll tell you it has been a grueling 24 hours so far, what with all the pool time and the laying around and the perfect margaritas, the surf-side tacos con pescado and getting all that pesky sand between our toes. At some point yesterday afternoon I took ten minutes to make a batch of guacamole. Ten whole minutes! Paradise is exhausting, people.

Now I know lots of you (particularly the Californians in the bunch) likely have a go-to recipe for guac already, but here’s another flavorful, easy version for the pantheon. And if  you happen to have a six wonderful friends, a relaxed and suntanned husband, a coral-streaked sunset and a bucket of cold Coronas in your pantry, be sure to stir that in, too. Delicioso!

serves 6-8 amigos

  • 2-3 large, ripe avocados
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, minced
  • one small-medium poblano pepper, very finely chopped, seeds & ribs removed
  • 1/2 large red onion, finely chopped
  • juice from one lime
  • one generous tablespoon cilantro, very finely chopped
  • two roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • several dashes hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

In a medium bowl, add the garlic, onion and poblano pepper. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Halve the avocados and scoop out the flesh; add to the bowl. With the back of a fork, smash the avocado until it’s uniformly mashed into a chunky consistency, stirring to combine the garlic, onion and peppers. Sprinkle with lime juice and hot sauce and stir; taste for salt and correct if needed. Fold in the tomatoes and cilantro. Chill under refrigeration until needed, pressing a layer of plastic wrap into the guacamole to keep from oxidizing and turning brown. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Scarpetta Dolcetto celebrates simple, seasonal, scratch home cookery.
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6 Responses to Guacamole

  1. I just love guacamole! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe:) I’m buying avocadoes tomorrow. Xx Paula

  2. Michelle says:

    Perfecto! (Not that I’m jealous or anything.)

  3. joshuafagans says:

    Congrats on the vacation! The guac looks great. Would have been a nice combo for the Giants game :)!

  4. Mazy says:

    Pre-baby maternity leave isn’t exactly a Mexican vacation, but it seems just as appropriate of a time for homemade guacamole. This recipe is so easy and delish!

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