Anytime Guacamole…Anytime You Crave It

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Photo by Justine Whitworth
Photo by Justine Whitworth

Have you ever seen those “Guacamole Kits” for sale in the produce department?  You know, the clear plastic take-out boxes containing a couple avocados, a jalepeno, a red onion, and a tomato?  All the ingredients necessary for delicious, homemade  guacamole.  It’s very convenient…as long as you don’t mind at least one of the ingredients being somewhat “off.”

A withered up jalapeño, unripe (or overripe) avocados, or a sickly looking tomato?  No thanks.  I’ll buy the ingredients separately.

Which brings up another difficulty:  When the guacamole craving strikes, it’s usually not the day after I’ve been to the grocery store with a specific plan to make guacamole.  And the way I run my pantry, it’s extremely unlikely that I’ll “accidentally” have each of the typical guacamole ingredients on-hand (and ripe enough) to use all at the same time.

Ain’t gonna happen.

But I looooove guacamole.

And I don’t want to only eat it at Mexican restaurants.

As you can plainly see, I had a BIG guacamole problem. Until I discovered (invented?) Anytime Guacamole.

Now my family can eat Guacamole anytime!  The only “special” ingredient I need is at least one avocado; all the other ingredients are items that I always have on-hand.  Plus, it’s flexible enough that I can easily whip up a big batch for a party…but it won’t derail my plans if one of the avocados has unexpectedly gone south.

And the benefits? The lime juice keeps the guacamole green longer than any other guacamole recipe I’ve ever made. It freezes fabulously, which means that if there’s ever any leftovers (there usually isn’t), then I can throw it in a plastic freezer bag and stick it in the freezer until my next guacamole craving strikes.

After reading an entire blog post about guacamole, you wouldn’t be human unless you’re now craving some, too. Sorry, but Lynn says I can’t share with you…go find some avocados and make your own :)

Keepin’ It Crazy,

Nicole

Anytime Guacamole...Anytime You Crave It
 
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Skip the stress of finding multiple ingredients that are all ripe at the same time. All you need is a some ripe avocados and a few standard ingredients you probably already have on hand.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 4 Avocados (also see notes below)
  • 4 Tbsp Lime juice (approximately 2 squeezed limes)
  • 2 Garlic cloves, pressed or diced (if you like it spicy, add extra; if you want it mild, go light)
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Cilantro
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the avocado into a bowl. If you prefer a chunky guacamole, dice the last avocado then set it to the side for now.
  2. Add spices and lime juice.
  3. Mix well. The quick and easy way is to use an electric hand mixer, but sometimes I just mash it together with a fork.
  4. Once all the ingredients are well incorporated, gently mix in the reserved avocado.
  5. Serve on tacos, fajitas, or alone with chips. Also makes a great baby food!
Notes
If you only have 1 stray avocado, you can still whip up an easy batch of Anytime Guacamole. Simply use 1 garlic clove and halve the lime juice. Keep the other spices the same, and you're good to go!

 

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