The teen is turning into quite the cook, so he tried out my favourite guacamole dip recipe this weekend as part of his ongoing ‘becoming a real man’ training. He’d laboured over building a barbecue in the backyard and was excited about using it for the first time. It’s that whole ‘man tames fire’ thing. He now understands (and agrees) that no barbecue is complete without guacamole and that it is definitely not acceptable to serve store-bought goop when guacamole recipes are so easy.
This recipe is super-quick and easy to make, it’s bursting with flavours and the bright, jewel-like colours will tempt you to get stuck in with your fork. It’s the perfect recipe for older kids to try out (or younger ones if you do the knife-work for them and get them involved with the mixing). It’s a great raw food recipe and it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, gadgets or gizmos.
Preparation is the secret to success with this recipe! Don’t even think about cutting into those gorgeous avocados before all of the other veggies are chopped and ready to go.
Get started with finely chopping half an onion. I like to use red onions for the pop of purple they add and their mild flavour, but I’m not precious and it’s OK to use whatever onions you have to hand. Yellow onions tend to have a more pungent taste, so knock yourself out if that’s your bag.
Next, dice one good-sized garlic clove, a jalapeno and a de-seeded chili (I had to teach the teen ‘the rules’ about handling chillies…and to explain the consequences of not washing his hands after handling them. Not a mistake any boy wants to make…)
Then, grab 2 ripe Italian Roma (plum) tomatoes and dice these too. Some guac purists insist on de-seeding the tomatoes – go for it if you feel the urge. Personally I don’t think a few tomato seeds are a bad thing.
Combine the lot in a large bowl and mix well, the stir in a good handful of well chopped coriander, half a teaspoon of good smoked paprika and the same amount of cumin. Your senses will be going crazy will all those lovely aromas!
Now it’s time for the avocados and this is definitely a job for the ‘grown-ups’. There’s been a huge rise in hospital admissions with Avocado Hand injuries
Halve 2 ripe avocados, (carefully) remove the stone and scoop all that lovely green flesh out into a bowl. Grab a lime (not a lemon!!) and squeeze the juice all over the avocado flesh, making sure not to get any pips in the bowl. Roughly mash the avocado, keeping some chunkiness, then add it to the spicy veggie mix and stir well. Add fresh ground black pepper if liked.
You’re done! Serve your tasty guacamole heaped up in bowl, with a good sprinkling of chopped coriander and a pile of sweet potato crisps or homemade tortillas!
This recipe is super-quick and easy to make, it’s bursting with flavours and the bright, jewel-like colours will tempt you to get stuck in with your fork. It’s the perfect recipe for kids to make and it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, gadgets or gizmos.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 chili
- 1 Italian Roma tomato
- 1 lime
- 1 handful fresh coriander (cilantro)
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
Finely chop 1/2 an onion, a clove of garlic, 1 de-seeded chili and 1 jalapeno, before adding to a bowl
Dice one Italian Roma tomato and add to the bowl with a good handful of chopped coriander
Add 1/2 tsp each of good quality smoked paprika and cumin to the mix and stir
Halve the avocado and remove the stone, scooping the flesh out into a bowl.
Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the avocado flesh and mash roughly with a fork
Add the avocado to the spicy veggies and mix gently
Season with black pepper to taste. Serve garnished with more chopped coriander with sweet potato crisps or tortillas