Chunky Guacamole Dip
Weekend grocery shopping was pretty exciting. A lot of fruits in season are on sale and they're at their best this time of the year. Even Haas avocados are on sale for 4 pieces for 99 cents. They’re quite small but still a good deal. So I bought some with no immediate use for the fruit in mind.
I think K set the tone for the craving when she brought her scrumptious guacamole dip the next day and guess what, she got her avocados even cheaper- 8 pieces for a dollar! Yet she has that teeny weeny container which she shared with us over lunch- of course I wished there's more. But wait, I have avocados at home too! So there, I can put them to use- wait till I get home.
It was quite a stretch till I get home and I forgot all about it. Until I was watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations in his Baja episode. I suddenly remember my avocados after seeing him feast on all those Mexican sinfulness and I had to make the guacamole to at least have some chips. Not even a tenth of what AB had but that will do.
Making guacamole dip is easy. Just chop, mash, season, fold and enjoy! I love it chunky so I added more tomatoes and onion; a little more heat and little more lemon juice to balance it out. And not to forget chopped cilantro to add freshness. My dip is ready in less than thirty minutes.
Here's how I made it ...
2 cups avocado, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you want more heat)
1/2 purple onion, diced
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado and lemon juice, toss to coat
Drain, and reserve the lemon juice, after all of the avocados have been coated
Using the back of a fork add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash
Then, fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic
Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lemon juice and stir
Let sit for an hour at room temp before serving
Refrigerate any left over in a container with lid
Lime can be used instead of lemon and vice versa
Chopped jalapeno pepper can be used instead of cayenne pepper or both