Cinco de Mayo, in my mind, was created with me in mind. From my love of tacos to my obsession with fruity margaritas, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican food lover's dream. Although I've always found guacamole to be intimidating, in the last few years, it's been added to my Cinco de Mayo lineup of yumminess. As guacamole moves up my ladder of favorites, finding the best guacamole hacks to keep it as fresh as possible has been on my agenda.
Guacamole, according to Gainesville Guacamole, dates back to the 1500s and was created by the Aztec empire in what is now known as Mexico. I've been to Mexico a few times, and their love for this tasty dip does not go unnoticed. I can honestly say that growing up in Florida, guacamole was a regular side dish, party favor, and afternoon snack at most of the houses of my friends. Though I was always a little scared to give it a taste back then, I truly regret missing out on all of it's flavorful goodness over the years.
If guacamole intimidates you like it originally did for me, these seven hacks should help get you on the path to making the best guac of your life.
1. Pick The Perfect Avocado
There's nothing more disappointing than discovering you chose a bad avocado when it's time to make your guac. Erica, a professional chef and creator of Northwest Edible Life, suggested removing the stem to determine if your avocado is ripe enough to use.
2. Choose The Right Tomatoes
While avocados are a big part of ensuring that you have the best guacamole on the block, Slat stated that throwing in a batch of bad or flavorless tomatoes can really ruin your guac too. Since tomatoes are not always good year round, try substituting fresh tomatoes for drained canned diced tomatoes instead.
3. Include Acid
While Epicurious wrote that traditional guacamole is lime-less, American versions of the beloved side dish includes lime, lemon, both to give it that extra kick.
4. Don't Let It Turn Brown
There are a few ways to ensure that your guacamole will stay fresh, one of my favorites is to dribble in a bit of lukewarm water. The Kitchn cited that this method will keep your guac fresh for up to three days.
5. Make The Right Amount
In an effort to keep your guacamole from going bad, this Food.com guacamole for one recipe will help you get exactly what you're looking for.
6. Make A Paste Before You Add The Green
According to Bon Appétit, making a paste out of white onions, jalapeño, and cilantro before adding in your avocado chunks is one way to get the best out of your guac experience due to the intense salty and spicy coat it leaves on each chunk.
7. Size Really Does Matter
Though we're always tempted to go bigger, Huffington Post wrote that smaller avocados such as the Hass varieties are the best to use when making guac because they don't include as much water as the larger ones. Less water makes for a better tasting guac for you to enjoy.