Guacamole is an avocado-based dip which originated in Mexico.
It is traditionally made by mashing ripe avocados with a molcajete
(mortar and pestle) and adding tomatoes and seasonings.
Guacamole was made by the Aztecs as early as the 1500s. The
name comes from an Aztec dialect and means "avocado
sauce". After the arrival of the Spanish
conquistadors, guacamole became popular in Spain.
Ripe avocados, tomatoes, onions, lime or lemon juice, and salt are common to
most recipes. Lime juice adds flavor and slows enzyme-caused browning. Other
common ingredients include cilantro (coriander leaf), black pepper, jalapeños,
Guacamole tradicional recipe:
2 ripe avocados
1 plum tomato, seeded and
1/4 medium red onion, finely
1 serrano pepper, seeded and
1 handful of fresh cilanro
leaves, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
and freshly ground pepper to taste
|Halve and pit the avocados; with a spoon
scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocados leaving them a bit
Add the remaining ingredients, and stir everything gently together to
mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The
recipe makes about 1 cup.