Since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, I figured most of us aren’t eating a traditional Sunday dinner anyway and we’re all snacking on nachos and hot dogs, right? Oh… just me? Well anyway, I thought I would share with you my guacamole recipe. It only takes about 15 minutes to make, and I promise you it is SEVEN THOUSAND times better than that stuff you get at the store. Seriously, treat yourself.
First, here’s a list of what you’ll need. You should know that I kinda make this up as I go each time, so these amounts are flexible to your personal taste. You should also know that I cannot seem to remember to buy jalepeños at the grocery store, so I have learned to make it without. It is better with fresh peppers if you yourself can remember them! Just add a small amount at a time and taste as you go so you don’t get overwhelmed by the heat. OK, here we go!
• 2 large, ripe avocados
• 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
• 1 small shallot
• 2 cloves garlic
• handful of fresh cilantro chopped finely
• 1 lime (for juice from half of it)
• 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
• 1/4 tsp ground red papper (cayenne or ancho chili pepper or whatever you prefer)
• 1/4 tsp salt
The first thing I do is split the avocado in half and scoop out the guts into a bowl to mash with a fork.
Once mashed, I squeeze 1/2 of a lime all over it. Not only is the juice delicious, but it will delay the browning of the avocado.
Next, dice up your garlic cloves and shallot and throw them in the bowl. And hold a matchstick between your teeth while you chop and you won’t cry as much! Honest!
Then dice up your cherry tomatoes and throw them in the mix.
Stir all that up and then add in your red pepper, red pepper flakes, cilantro and salt.
And voila! That’s it! You are done! Now, a few tips. First, if you taste it and it’s just not flavorful enough, try adding 1 Tbsp of your favorite salsa. A buddy of mine from Texas taught me that trick and it smoothes out the guac and adds a wonderful flavor. But! It takes away a little of the green, so it won’t be as pretty. But it will taste delicious :)
Also, this starts browning after about an hour, so I suggest making it right before eating. But if it does brown on top, just stir it all up and it’s fine. It will still taste good.
And lastly! If you are Paleo like me and try to avoid corn chips, guacamole is fabulous on radishes! And radishes only have 1 calorie each! And I guess I should tell you the calories in the guac now, too. The whole bowl is 550 calories. So if you split it with your honey for dinner (what? Like you’ve never done that?) it’s 225 calories. But this bowl is usually enough for 4 people which would be about 135 calories per person.
And if you need MORE recipes for the game tonight, here is a bunch!