I’m spoiled with the abundance of avocados at my California farmers markets and local produce stores. I grew up playing in avocado trees and snacking on guacamole. It’s my nephew’s absolute favorite snack. Yet, somehow it still feels exotic and special. Restaurants charge $10+ and serve it up tableside! Did you know that 71.4 million pounds of avocados were consumed on Superbowl Sunday last year? I didn’t realize it was such a “thing.”
I want to share an Easy Guacamole Recipe. I have to admit right off that this is NOT an authentic recipe. This is just one of many recipes that bring me closer to my Mom — and connects me to all the memories of time spent in the kitchen with her. I’m so happy to make things for my kids that she made for me.
- Hass avocados
- Best Foods mayo – to make it creamy
- Chipotle Tabasco
- Your favorite salsa (I like fire-roasted restaurant style varieties, but you can even use pico de gallo)
- Lawry’s garlic salt
- Cut avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the skin or scoop the avocado out of the skin.
- Put avocados in a bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add a spoonful of mayo, a dash of Tabasco, a couple of spoonfuls of your favorite salsa (some people like to use lime to keep the guacamole green, but I find that the salsa does the same trick). Finally add a few dashes of garlic salt.
- Mix and serve with your favorite tortilla chips or Mexican food dish.
Where to buy avocados?
- Farmers Market — a trick is to buy a few that are ripe today and a few that will ripen in a couple of days
- Trader Joe’s (4 per bag hanging by the chips at my store)
- Sprouts (huge ones at 4 for $5 right now – Jan 2013)
What else can I make with avocados?
- Make bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwiches on sourdough
- Grab a spoon and eat them right out of the skin
- Put them in salads
- I like to serve omelettes with avocado and tomato slices on the side
- Mash them up and put them on a turkey sandwich – or use them as a spread for wraps
- Slice or mash them up and spread on a toasted bagel with lemon pepper (my favorite!)
More helpful links
- My go-to recipe site is Jenny Flake at PickyPalate.com – here’s her recipe for Restaurant Style Carne Asada Soft Tacos with Guacamole and Corn.
- There is a Hass Avocado Board website with all sorts of insider tips on Guacamole and avocados.
Why is there a recipe on a park website?
Because more than anything, this website is about spending quality time with family — whether its outdoors or in the kitchen. When my kids help me cook – it brings so much joy to family meal times or snack times. That’s why you’ll see “Cooking Love” as one of my categories and an array of “Make Ahead Meals” so there’s more time to play!