Being back in Mexico these last few months has reaffirmed my love for avocados and absolutely anything based on avocados. I mean, what’s not to like? They are fresh (especially here in Mexico), creamy and simply irresistible. While guacamole has been my absolute favourite way to eat avocados it’s only here in Mexico that I’ve really managed to pick up the best tips and tricks to how to make the best, authentic guacamole. Here’s my simple, chunky vegan guacamole recipe that will keep you coming back for more.
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Guacamole is one of the best dishes to make for a gathering, movie night with friends or even at an Airbnb when travelling after a whole day of exploring. It’s versatile, healthy, easy to make and doesn’t call for any difficult to find ingredients (providing you have access to avocados) or equipment.
What ingredients will you need to make this vegan guacamole recipe?
Guacamole is literally one of the simplest things in the world- especially authentic Mexican guacamole- and you’ll only need a handful of ingredients. You’ll need:
- Just ripe avocados
- Red onion or sweet white onion
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Seasoning- sea salt, black pepper and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Many like to add finely chopped tomatoes, which you can if you want, however you normally won’t see tomato added in traditional guacamole recipes in Mexico and recently I’ve really joined guacamole without it. Sometimes, adding tomato can make your guacamole watery, so if you use tomatoes, make sure they are as fresh as they can be and discard the seeds before adding.
This easy guacamole recipe is healthy- avocados contain healthy fats and the lime juice is high in Vitamin C- and this recipe includes no mayonnaise or sour cream or any other processed ingredients. This guacamole is the real deal so prepare to dig out the nachos.
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How to make guacamole
Making homemade, vegan guacamole is so easy and much better than the store-bought stuff, both for your health and your taste buds.
Start with chopping all your ingredients first to avoid the avocados browning. Carefully dice the red or sweet white onion into small pieces and set aside. Chop the jalapeño into small pieces and squeeze the limes to extract the fresh lime juice. Get my favourite citrus squeezer here.
Then, cut open your avocados, take out the pit and scoop out the avocado flesh with a spoon into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork or a potato masher. You’ll want to mash it until you get to a nice chunky consistency. Be careful not to over mash if you want a nice, chunkier guac.
*The best way to take out the avocado pit is to whack a chef’s knife into the pit in a fast but controlled and steady movement and remove it. While some say it’s a little dangerous, I’ve personally never cut myself doing it this way. For extra safety measures, you can hold the avocado in a folded tea towel to protect your hand. If you really don’t like the thought of moving the pit with a knife, you can also use a spoon to scoop it out. This work surprisingly well.
Once you’ve mashed your avocado you’ll want to throw in all the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and it’s ready to dig into.
If you don’t have enough limes on hand you can also try experimenting with half fresh lime juice and half fresh lemon juice to add a more acidic, zingy flavour to the guac. Feel free to also top with some red pepper flakes.
Top tips for making the best vegan guacamole recipe
↠ Use the perfect avocado- ripe but not too ripe. To achieve that perfect vegan guacamole recipe, you’ll want great avocados. Try to use the Hass variety as they tend to be the creamiest and have the best texture for making guacamole. The perfect avocados give a little when pushed lightly. If it’s really soft it’s too ripe and you might want to use those for something else like this green smoothie. Avoid using stringy avocados and make sure to cut out any brown bits from the inside.
↠ Use the perfect quantity of lime juice to avocados for the perfect vegan guacamole.
↠ Leave out the fresh garlic or even garlic powder and use red onion or sweet white onions- garlic is great, but it doesn’t really belong in guac because it tends to be too overpowering. Instead, use finely diced red onion or sweet white onions. In Mexico, its sweet white onion is traditionally used in guacamole for its unique flavour. You can also use red onions which are more distinct and potent. if you’d like to tone down the onion flavour of your guac then just add a little less onion than what this vegan guacamole recipe calls for.
↠ Use a fork or potato masher to get the best texture. To make chunky guacamole and get that perfect texture don’t try to make your guacamole in a food processor. Instead, use a sturdy fork or potato masher to mash it to the right consistency. Don’t over mash it and be sure to leave in some nice chunks.
↠ Make it right before serving. Even with enough lime juice to stop oxidation, no one likes brown guacamole, so make sure you make it right before serving. If for some reason you can’t or if you have some leftover, put it in an airtight container with a sheet of plastic wrap over its surface before putting on the lid and storing it in the fridge.
Vegan Guacamole Recipe Variations
For an extra chilli kick and Mexican twist, top your guacamole with some chopped chipotle chillis in adobo sauce. The combination of the sweet adobo, the spicy chipotle and the creamy acidity of the guac is a match made in heaven.
If you have more of a sweet tooth, try topping your guacamole with some mango or pineapple salsa. I personally love this one.
Try using this perfect guacamole on top of nachos along with some black beans and vegan cheese.
For an extra health kick and added greens, you can also stir in some finely chopped spinach or kale into the guac and combine it with all the other ingredients.
What did you think of this easy, homemade vegan guacamole recipe? Let me know in the comments below.
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