When I was a kid, my mom’s guacamole recipe was one of the first things I learned to make. Today it’s a recipe that my children make regularly. In fact, I can hardly call it a recipe because it’s so easy to make! But it’s a nutritious and easy snack, condiment, or garnish that my kids love.
All about avocado
Avocados have a unique fatty acid profile and are high in monounsaturated fats. They are a good source of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin K, as well as potassium and other nutrients. I’ve written more about avocados and compiled a recipe list in this post.
Avocados are one of the few foods high in healthy fat and fiber, which makes them useful for digestion. They are one of the first foods I give to my babies because of their nutritional profile. When i need a mayonnaise recipe without eggs, I use avocado. They are much less allergenic than eggs (and compatible with autoimmunes).
Avocados are often grouped under the vegetable category, but are actually fruit. Over 1.5 billion are consumed annually in the United States
The most popular type of avocado in the world is the Haas avocado and it has an interesting history …
In the 1930s, a California factor by the name of Rudolph Haas discovered an avocado tree in his garden and patented it in 1935. All modern avocado trees can be traced back to the Haas avocado tree. The popularity really took off in the 1970s and now Haas avocados are grown in California, Florida and especially Mexico. Did you know that Mexico has 5 different climates and growing seasons, which allow avocados to grow year round?
The special balance of healthy fats and nutrients also makes avocados great for hair and skin. I don’t talk about it anymore here.
The humble guacamole
While avocados have only gained popularity in the United States over the past few decades, they have been popular in other parts of the world for centuries. They were considered a super food by the Aztecs, who had some of the earliest guacamole recipes. The word guacamole comes from an Aztec word meaning “avocado sauce” and was just a simple mixture of mashed avocado, tomatoes, and spices.
Although avocados have been slow to gain recognition in the United States, they are definitely popular now. Much like guacamole, the recipe in which they are most commonly used.
In fact, September 16 is National Guacamole Day!
My easy guacamole recipe
My Guacamole Recipe is a purist recipe that is similar to the original Aztec recipe with minimal ingredients. I use avocado, salsa, lime juice, and spices. We really like the minimal ingredient list to let the avocado taste shine through.
My kids love this recipe because it’s so easy to make. They often make guacamole to eat with carrot sticks or plantain chips for lunch or as a healthy snack.
Simple Guacamole Recipe
An incredibly simple guacamole recipe with minimal ingredients to mimic the original Aztec variations.
Cut the avocados in half and carefully remove the pit.
Remove the flesh from the avocados and place them in a medium bowl.
Add salsa, spices and lime juice and mash with a fork until everything is evenly combined but still lumpy.
Serve with veggie sticks or grain-free crisps for a hearty, healthy meal or snack.
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, finely diced
- 2 tbsp. Chopped fresh cilantro
Portion: 0.25Chopped off | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Large: 7g | Saturated fat: 1g | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 131UI | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 13mg | The iron: 1mg
Do you have a family recipe for guacamole? How do you do this?