Originally from Mexico, guacamole was invented by the Aztecs. This popular dip is now famous all over the world, with chefs everywhere putting their personal touch on it and even home chefs making it for dinner. It’s available in grocery stores where it has been packaged to last for a while in your fridge, as well as fresh at Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. Most people have their favorite recipe, but one thing is for certain: this dip is a favorite way to use avocados.
No matter the recipe, avocados are a primary part of guacamole. Ripe ones are mashed with salt until chunky. Sometimes citrus juice is added to brighten the flavor and help the avocados keep their color. Others call for onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, or herbs to be added. Unfortunately, guacamole can turn brown quickly. Lemon or lime juice can help with this, as can storing the guacamole in an air tight container in the fridge. While some people prefer their guacamole to be creamier and some like to leave some chunks, the end result of a delicious dip is the name.
Guacamole is generally served with tortilla chips as an appetizer or as a dip with the meal. In Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants it comes standard on a lot of dishes, including quesadillas, burritos, and nachos. This dip can also be served on salads. It is often a very cool part of the meal and can help to counter some of the spicier ingredients that are so common in Mexican cooking.
With fresh avocados as the main ingredient it makes sense that guacamole would be high in healthy fat, several vitamins, fiber, and potassium. This healthy food is also a good source of carotenoids and magnesium. Of course, like any good thing, too much guacamole can add a lot of calories to the dish you’re eating. But when guacamole is made with a few fresh ingredients and enjoyed in a responsible manner, it’s a great way to make sure your diet is varied and includes the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
The next time you’re out at a restaurant ask and see if they make their guacamole fresh. There’s really nothing as delicious as this simple dip. Or pick up a few ripe avocados and make some for your dinner. Everyone will be impressed that you know how to make this favorite!