Guacamole is one of my favorite toppings for just about anything … burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, salads, and, of course, chips! I’ve tried several store-bought varieties and while some are better than others, none can beat this Simply Delicious Guacamole. It’s one of the easiest snacks to put together and so delicious.
I made this a few weeks ago for my son’s 15th birthday. Don’t you love it when you look like a rock star for making something delicious that only takes literally five minutes to pull together?!? I sure do. I’m still reeling from the fact that in just 12 short months we’ll be at the BMV getting his driver’s license! It’s terrifying and liberating all at the same time.
When are avocados ripe for guacamole?
The key to perfect guacamole is using perfectly ripe avocados. Too soft and they are mushy and discolored. Too hard and they don’t mash well. So how do you know when avocados are at their peak of perfection? The avocado should yield to firm pressure, but not be too soft. If it doesn’t yield at all, it’s not ready to eat. When purchasing avocados, make sure they are free of bruises and indentations for best quality.
Start with two perfectly ripe avocados. Mash one avocado in a bowl with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Dice the second avocado into 1/2-inch pieces and add them to the bowl. Squeeze a whole lime over the avocados and stir gently. Add in 1/4 cup finely diced red onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Stir gently and cover. I think this tastes best after it sits for about an hour or so in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend. However, if you can’t help yourself and you have to dig in now, go for it!