Now before we jump into how to make the guacamole, first we need to talk about finding a good Avocado, because if your avocado is bad there is no hope for the guac.
Now at your average store your going to be buying a Hass avocado which is perfect for making guacamole due to its high oil content. When selecting an avocado for purchase pick one that is dark, no green spots. It should be about the color of avocado #5 in the picture below.
Also there should be no bulges. If there are vein like bulges on the skin then that means it is over ripe. Those are the nasty brown stringy bits that interfere with the whole goal of creamy and refreshing. When holding a dark, smooth avocado when gently pressing on the skin with your thumb it should lightly give. It should not be be hard nor should it be mush. It should gently yield to pressure but still be somewhat firm.
|Perfectly ripened Avocado|
|Over ripe Avocado|
Now that the basis of a good avocado have been covered lets make Guac
-2 ripe Avocados
-Juice of 1 lime (if it ends up being a drier lime than use 2)
-1/2 bundle of Cilantro, chopped (about 3 Tbs)
-1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
-2-3 Tbs of onion, minced (I like using red onion. Also I don't enjoy the taste of raw onion so I finely dice and sauté the onion on the stove for a few minutes, allowing it to cool before adding it to the guac mixture. If sautéing the onions I would also suggest sautéing the garlic with the onions as well)
-1 clove of garlic
-1 Jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
-S&P (to taste)
-1/2 tsp of dried oregano (optional-I really enjoy oregano with any mexican based food, but if you don't have it or don't like oregano, it's not the end of the world)
-1/4 tsp of cumin (optional; I generally do not add the cumin)
-1/4 tsp of cayenne (again the spices are totally optional but should not be quickly bypassed due to their enhancement of flavor)
(Also if you have some of the pureed adobo mixture you can add 1-2 teaspoon of that for added heat as well)
To remove the avocado quickly and to help the mashing process along, after removing the pit of the avocado chop the avocado while still in the skin. Then you can take a spoon to scoop out the pieces from the skin.
After you have the avocado at your desired consistency add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Also as always, taste and adjust as needed!