If you want to make guacamole like a true Mexican, search no further. It’s your lucky day, because here you’ll find the secrets to a really good guacamole. And some of the most common mistakes you must avoid.
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You only need 5 ingredients to make guacamole like a Mexican
First of all, forget about the guacamoles you’ve tried before. if you want to make guacamole like a Mexican you will only need 5 ingredients. Obviously, first come the avocados. We’ll tell you later how to know if they’re ripe or not, a crucial step to a perfect guacamole. Avocados should not be too soft, neither too firm. But we’ll talk more of that later.
Besides avocados, to make real Mexican guacamole you’ll need: onions, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and salt. Some variants of guacamole also have tomato, but this is optional and not very much the taste of some Mexicans.
Ok, so you have: avocados, onions, jalapenos, cilantro and salt. Reject any other ingredient. Garlic in guacamole? Not a good idea. Ground pepper? Don’t even think about it. Keep in mind that the quality of the ingredients is crucial to a perfect guacamole.
To make guacamole for two, use: 2 avocados, 1 onion, jalapeno peppers (careful with them, use 1 or 2 at the most), cilantro and salt. Try and find the best avocados you can, preferably Hass type. These have a better and more profound taste. Thankfully, they’re easy to find. You can recognize them because they have a slightly darker skin.
One last thing about the ingredients: you might use a little lemon juice if you like. It helps the avocados from rusting and keeps them green for a little longer. But many Mexicans repudiate this practice, because according to them, lemon juice and tomato are generally used to mask the taste of avocados which are not at their best. And after all, guacamole is a dish made to eat immediately, so rusting should not be such a real problem.
The mistakes you must not make
Making guacamole doesn’t seem like a real conundrum, right? You might think you just chop and mix the ingredients and you’re done. But there’s actually quite a mystery to it.
First and most important thing is knowing if the avocados are ripe. To make a tasty guacamole, avocados must have ripened enough. How to know? Look at them, because when they ripe, their skin darkens a bit. And touch them (without squeezing). They must be kind of soft, but not too much. It must give in a little, but not too much.
Another if the most common mistakes is crushing the mixture the wrong way. Guacamole should not be liquid like a cream, not too solid. A good trick is crushing the onion and peppers a little bit once they’ve been chopped, so that they start releasing water and flavor.
Once you’ve don that, add the avocados. And crush the whole mixture softly, preferably with a fork. Of course, do not even think of using a blender or you will be banned from entering Merxico for ever.