Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco De Mayo...Guacamole!

I'm fresh off of yet another day of Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred - read:  I'm too scared to venture into Level 3 territory.  In an effort other wise known as procrastination I worked late, tidied a few things (walked in circles trying not to think about chocolate) and then made guacamole.  You do realize that the entire time I knew I was avoiding the Shred?  Why do I do this to myself?  I know I want to do it.  I know I feel better after I work out.  So why the delay?  Deep hidden mysteries of the universe yet to be uncovered, I guess.

In other grand news today is, indeed, Cinco de Mayo.  If you follow me on twitter you know I wax on endlessly about Don Julio tequila and the glorious margaritas it produces.  It would have been lovely to pull some simple syrup together and mix up a margarita for the blog, but the Chef is hard at work prepping for opening over at the restaurant and I should not be left alone with Don Julio.  I kid, I kid!  In all honesty there have been several instances where I almost posted my guacamole recipe, but then ate the subject before it could be photographed.  Oops!  Guacamole is one of my favorite things to eat, and I refuse to only enjoy it when out to eat or purchase the mush in the store.  Life's too short and it's too good.  For all you guacamole lovers I swear by this recipe.  Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients

Homemade Guacamole
Ingredients
1 jalapeno pepper  - seeded and minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped tomato
2 tablespoons onions minced
1 large avocado, ripe
1/2 lime

Begin by mincing the jalapeno. I start by chopping it, getting rid of the seeds and then mincing it.  Once complete finely chop the cilantro and then mix jalapeno and cilantro together, sprinkle with salt to get the natural juice out and mash into a paste. I either do this right on the cutting board or using a mortar and pestle.

Before/After to demonstrate just how easily it mashes into paste.
You can also do this with the bottom side of a spoon on your cutting board.
Transfer the paste to your guacamole serving dish.

Next chop tomato making sure to get rid of all seeds and juice.  The last thing you want is watery guacamole.  Not good. I chop my tomato pieces into cubes because I like a chunkier guacamole - the goal is to have a finished product that is not going to turn to mush when you mix it.  Once you've chopped your tomato and minced your onion transfer those to the serving dish as well.

Lightly mix the three ingredients together

From here take the avocado, cut it in half and remove the pit.  Because I do not over mix my guacamole I cut the avocado into cubes from the inside and then scoop them out with a spoon.  Much easier than peeling, cutting and transferring - and lessens the mush factor.

From here all you have to do is gently toss the avocado with the other ingredients, 
squeeze on the lime, lightly mix again and it's ready to be eaten.
Completed Product

I proceeded to eat half of this for dinner with some Tacupeto corn chips which are an unparalleled store bought chip (at least in our opinion).  Hope you guys have a great Cinco de Mayo!  Any plans to celebrate or just keeping close to home for a little soiree?  My crazy neighbors across the street have been Cinco de Mayo'ing for 2 days straight...and they're in their 60's.  I'm almost afraid of what tonight may bring.  Look for me in my sombrero hiding under the bed with Don Julio margarita in hand.

59 comments:

Miss Caitlin S. said...

yum!!! So good. I love the paste rendition! I made Pasta in my Italian cooking class and it was so easy. And fun too :)

marissa from the boot said...

haha go hang with your neighbors! bring some don julio and your guac and it's a party! (must.make.pronto. by the way!)
happy cinco de mayo!
mariss

Cara said...

yummmm! I will be looking forward to a strawberry and basil margarita!

Debby said...

This look so good! If I hop a plane to Cali will you make this for me? xo

Jessica said...

Delicious and easy - my kind of recipe! I'll have to convince "the boy" to make margaritas with me tonight in honor of the holiday.

I'm glad to hear you're still on the Shred - and super impressed. I went for a bike ride last night with "the boy" - first time on a bike in darn near 15 years! 7 miles too! My rear end hurts today from the seat. Sigh.

LyddieGal said...

I really love Guacamole, when I make it I keep it really simple, just salt, pepper, garlic and lemon (because I never remember to buy limes).

But if you swear by this, I'll have to try it!

In your first photo, I see some garlic, don't I? Is it just there for decoration? Because I didn't see the part where it goes in (unless I'm just reading too fast to get to the good part. If I could only eat it though the computer screen...)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh my I do have a few avocados now. I could eat guacamole pretty often.

I'm not a cilantro girl (I know ekk it isn't in the guac?) but use almost everything else you use. Mmm.

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh my mom would love that! I'm not much of a fan of avocados myself though, haha :)
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I'm pretty sure I could live on chips and guacamole. One of the most perfect foods ;)

Fashionista Extraordinaire said...

looks yummy!! happy cinco de mayo!

Stephanie Shepherd said...

Let's all drink margarita's and stuff ourselves on your guacomole! I'm bookmarking your recipe to try! x

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

today is my FAVE 'party holiday' and i'm sick! - u have no idea how much i LOVE LOVE LOVE today .. i'll swing back a few coronas tonight - but not the same as being out in the thick of the party!

Emy said...

Oh my that looks so delicious!

Taylor said...

I live off of avocados come summer!!! (Fav is a whole avocado cubed up on a whole wheat tortilla with splash of S&P and maybe hot sauce - roll up and sooo good!) When the store are practically giving them away!!! need to try your mush technique! But everything you use is in mine too!!!

Christina said...

Carrie, how could you stop at half? That whole bowl would be gone if it were in front of me. It looks amazing...can't wait to stir up my own batch. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Courtney Erin said...

This looks so mouth-wateringly good! And I don't blame you in the slightest for procrastinating with the Shred. Level 3 is a bitch.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Daisy said...

hey you know what they say, if you can't beat em, join em! (the 60 year old neighbs that is!) hahaha I kid. This guac looks amazing! I need to incorporate jalapeño in mine!

Valerie said...

I absolutely LOVE guacamole and have never made it at home. I'm definitely going to try this recipe, Carrie! It looks so easy and delicious. I don't have any plans for cinco de mayo yet, so maybe I'll go pick up some avocados and get to work. And I've also never tried those tortilla chips, definitely need to pick some up!

xo
val

Higgenbottom said...

You are too funny! Awesome recipe too!

Julie and Lauren said...

Mm I love that mortar and pestal. Looks delish!

Marjorie Rose said...

This looks so yum and easy to make. Must show the hubbie..

Weirdly enough, I'll be getting a massage before going for Mexican food tonight. It's like I need to prep or something..

Enjoy yours!

Annie said...

carrie you've won my heart with guacamole

Bonnie said...

SHRED IT, YO.

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Marie a la Mode said...

This guacamole looks so good! I'm bookmarking this page for the recipe.

I felt the same way as you yesterday about going to Yoga. I was so tired at the end of the day I really didn't want to go but I did and I ended up feeling so much better. Sometimes you just have to JUST DO IT a la Nike, right??

Pssst: I'm having a giveaway over at my blog if you're interested! There are a pair of earrings up for grabs that would go amazing with your boho-chic style!

Dancing Branflake said...

I never thought of actually smashing the jalapenos. Makes so much sense! Awesome recipe!

Josie said...

I have to admit that I'm not the biggest guac fan. But everyone knows not to let me near chips and guacamole because I WILL eat all the chips, especially when accompanied by a killer salsa. Happy Cinco de Mayo, my dear!
xo Josie
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saltandpine said...

So yummy looking!! I'd polish that bowl off in about 5 minutes. (Guacamole is a major weakness of mine, hence the 30 day shred.) And side note: Seriously impressive mincing skills displayed in the photos!
Katie

this free bird said...

I mince therefore I am? or something. hehe

ps- Lyddie that IS garlic in the picture up top. I use my garlic press and squeeze in one clove just prior to adding the lime. Not everyone likes that, but my fave authentic Mexican place does this and it's pretty darn good.

Rachel from Love a la Mode said...

Looks delicious! My boyfriend and I could go through bowls of the stuff. Hmmm Mexican food sure does sound good today...
Bisous,
Rachel
http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

Mo Pie, Please said...

For some reason, I procrastinate working out too. I always feel better afterwards both physically and mentally, so why do I put it off?! Oh, because it sucks actually doing it!

If only we could eat all the worlds best guac every day and not pay any price! Happy cinco de mayo!

Dawn said...

Looks way too yummy. Think I'm going to fly down and have some with ya, and I also want a picture of you in your big hat with drink under the bed:)

Indie.Tea said...

OO, that sounds so delicious! Happy Cinco de Mayo to you :)

la petite coquine said...

Oh Cinco de Mayo, how I adore you! There isn't anything more delicious than homemade guacamole, is there?! I'll be making this and a margarita and also avoiding exercise this evening!

Baby Budget Blog said...

Yum! I need to make some guac!

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kimbirdy said...

mmm... guacamole! this looks pretty good. i usually just mash up some avocados, throw in some garlic powder, and call it a day. i think the mister would be thrilled if we could make a much more complex guacamole. :)

Heather said...

This looks SO good...there's nothing that sounds better to me right now than a big bowl of guac and chips and a HUGE margarita! Have a good time!

**rk** said...

holy guacamole!!

i feel you on the procrastinating to work out. I wake up an hour early everyday to work out and probably only end up actually doing 2 out of the 5 days.

drollgirl said...

ok! i'm all ready for that guacamole and that tequila! where's the party!

like an IDIOT i forgot that this day was coming up and i failed to make plans! wah! oh well. i ALWAYS have patron on hand so i think i'll be ok! :)

happy CINCO DE MAYO!

valncami said...

YUM! and perfect for tonight:) I think I'll be having this with a cerveza and lime.

Oh and as for the procrastination in working out you should try my fav workout The Bar Method. You'll never procrastinate again. It's awesome:)

XX
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Isabel said...

i firmly believe that you cannot make guacamole without cilantro. and thank you for mentioning the peeling thing. when i see people peeling an avocado i think, "how ridiculous" lol

Kavery said...

Looks so yummy, would love to dip a chip in it. Hope your neighbours turned it down at night!

My Heart Blogged said...

Whoa my gosh that looks so good. I can literally eat guacamole with a spoon. It's like candy to me.
My Heart Blogged

Bestie said...

Yum! I am, right now, as I type, avoiding the shred. stuck on level two...maybe at day 5. will have to set the alarm tomorrow bc i'm off to watch tivo and have a cocktail!

UN-stitched said...

Looks so delicious! Beautfiul pics too! I love guacamole, but never made it myself, will have to soon!
Christine

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I LOVE guacamole! Don't have a recipe, so I will be keeping this one :)
I hope you enjoy all the cinco de mayo festivities tonight! I will be one of the boring ones. But maybe the weekend can change that and I can celebrate then...haha

Oh, My Darling said...

What a great holiday for quality guac!

bananas. said...

you really can't go wrong with guac!!!

well until it turns brown...then it's just gross. lol.

Olivia.Dee said...

how delicious. I only wish I didn't stumble on this AFTER my cinco de mayo dinner. oh well... just means i'll have to have a re-do of may-five... but this time including guac! (and maybe a couple more margs :])

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Looking at this wishing I had some right now...need my bedtime snack!! Hope you had a good cinco!! xox

modanista junkie said...

This is sooo right up my alley!! This is even perfect for any other occasion!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a lovely weekend.


xoxo,
melrod

Krystal said...

I love you for posting this, i've always wanted to try making guac but never had a good recipe!

Kristin said...

Are we going to be L3 buddies next week?

Annie said...

Hands down my favorite snack!! I can never get enough.. this recipe looks and sounds perfect. I love the inclusion of jalapeno! Hope you had a great Cinco de Mayo Carrie! xxoo

Torrie said...

Can't wait to indulge in this pure goodness tonight. {linked it up on my post today too!}

From glancing at your tweets last night, looks like you had quite the night. #beachliving is right! We just don't get that kinda action in the burbs. (I'll live vicariously through you... if ya don't mind ;)

Kate said...

I have such a huge weakness for guacamole! Sooo delish.

Ashleigh said...

Mouth.is.watering... :)

Anna Walker said...

looks yummy!! :D

Marissa said...

Poor Pennsylvania bloggers and their silly state laws. Ah well, more of a chance for me.

Marissa said...

I tweeted too. :)

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