Holy guacamole, this is so good! This chunky guacamole recipe is easy to prepare, and you can make any tweaks you like to make it palate-perfect. You will need avocados, which are of course the star of the dish, along with tomatoes and green onions. The addition of chilies, lime juice and cilantro finishes the homemade guacamole to perfection. If you are looking for an easy guacamole recipe for traditional guacamole, this is for YOU!
Don’t skimp on the quality of ingredients when preparing traditional guacamole. The fresher and better your ingredients, the better this easy guacamole recipe is going to turn out.
The avocados should be perfectly ripe, neither too hard nor mushy. Also use fresh lime juice (or lemon juice if you prefer) rather than the bottled kind. Again, it just yields a fresher tasting result in this chunky guacamole recipe.
Part of the reason for lime juice being in the recipe is flavour. Besides that though, it helps to stop the avocado turning brown. A nice, fresh looking green guacamole is always appetizing.
You can also use citrus juice on cut apples and pears to stop them turning brown. Lemon juice isn’t as traditional as lime juice but it will also work and add a nice tang to this easy guacamole recipe.
What to Serve with Guacamole
Rather than considering the guac as a condiment, why not make it the star of the dish? This homemade guacamole can be served as a side dish of course. It goes pretty well with any kind of Tex-Mex or Mexican cooking.
You can also serve it as an appetizer, paired with crispy tortilla chips. A chunky guacamole recipe is always going to be a hit, whatever you choose to serve it with. Try it on toast with a slice of ham, or add it to a cheese sandwich.
You might find your own ways to enjoy this tasty green treat. Not hungry enough for a full meal but feeling a bit peckish? A bowl of tortilla chips served with a chunky guacamole recipe usually hits the spot!
History of Traditional Guacamole
Are you curious about the history behind homemade guacamole? It dates back further than you might imagine. All the way back to Central America’s Aztec Empire in fact, which was the 1500s. Avocados have actually been cultivated and enjoyed as far back as 500 BC in Mexico, South America and Central America.
This fruit was very popular among the Aztecs who enjoyed it as ‘ahuaca-mulli’ which means avocado mash or avocado purée. This centuries-old recipe was made with simply avocados, chili peppers and tomatoes.
The Spanish settlers began to add their own touches, such as cilantro, lime juice and onions. In time the name changed to guacamole. Spain didn’t have the best climate for growing avocados so this recipe stayed in Mexico.
These days, guacamole is popular all over the world. It is sometimes served in a molcajete, which is a type of mortar and pestle made of rough stone.
Tips for Making Perfect Homemade Guacamole
There are many avocado recipes to choose from, pretty much all of which include the main ingredients. Those would be the avocados of course, along with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, chilies, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Some people also like to add garlic, so you can do that if you are a garlic fan.
Other avocado recipes might use ingredients like paprika or black pepper instead of the chilies. Although jalapeños are a popular chili choice for traditional guacamole, Serrano peppers are another option for those who like it hot!
Avocados are the main ingredient in a chunky guacamole recipe, so you should use more of those than any other ingredient. Tomatoes are a close second in most recipes though. This is because the natural sweetness of tomatoes goes so well with the rich creaminess of the avocado.
Even if you are using plenty of lime juice to stop the avocado turning brown, it still will over time. This is why leftover guacamole should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is the exposure to oxygen which causes it to go brown. This can happen with any easy guacamole recipe, so keep some avocado aside to add just before serving to ‘top up’ the green!
Traditional Chunky Guacamole Recipe
Traditional Chunky Guacamole
- 4 avocados peeled and stoned
- 4 tomatoes seeded and finely chopped
- 6 green onions finely chopped
- 2 chilis seeded and finely chopped
- 4 Tbsp. lime juice
- 2 Tbsp. cilantro chopped
- Skin the tomatoes by Blanching. Cut a cross in the top and add to scalding water for 2 minutes only. The skin will come off very easily after that.
- Chop the green onions, de-seed and chop the chilies. Depending on how hot you like the Guacamole, taste test the chili. You’ll know how much you should add after that. I usually stick to two and go from there.
- Add the lime and lemon juice, salt and pepper and chopped cilantro.
- I like to add the avocado last as that gives more ‘green-time’. Chop the avocados in half and remove the pits. Keep one or two on hand to add back to the guacamole to help preserve the colour. Using a knife score the avocados then squeeze into the bowl.
- Mix well and serve with tortilla chips.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Fun Avocado Facts
- Avocado belongs to the lauracae family of plants, which also includes cinnamon, sassafras, camphor and bay leaves.
- This fruit was given the name ‘alligator pear’ in the early 1900s because of its bumpy green skin. Butter pear, calavo and avocado pear were other names.
- There are more than 400 varieties of avocados, with the Hass being the most popular.
Enjoy this Chunky Guacamole Recipe!
Now you know more about avocados, it’s time to grab your easy guacamole recipe ingredients. Then get ready to pop open your favourite bag of tortilla chips and make this yummy treat! If you are a fan of Mexican inspired food, try out this Crunchy Beef Tortilla Folded Wrap recipe, too!