Super-Easy Guacamole

Guacamole
You can whip up this guacamole in minutes and everyone will love it. Ray Kachatorian/The Image Bank/Getty Images
Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 bowl of guacamole

How nice to be able to throw something together in a few minutes and have people "ooh" and "ahh" over it. The trouble with most guacamole recipes is that since every avocado is a different (different size, there are different varieties, etc.), the recipe will come out different as well. The trick is to fine-tune the ingredients to taste. Even though this one is made with such shortcuts as garlic powder and salsa from a jar, the results always impress.

Ingredients

  • Avocados (number according to the size of the crowd)
  • About 1/4 t salt per avocado
  • About 2 T salsa per avocado
  • About 3/4 t garlic powder per avocado
  • About 1/2 t lemon or lime juice per avocado
  • Optional: Chopped cilantro, chopped onion

Preparation

1) Cut the avocados in half, squeeze out the pit (just gently squeeze till it pops out) and scoop the fruit into a bowl.

2) Add the salt, juice, salsa, and garlic powder. Mash it together with a fork (I'm not a fan of super-smooth guacamole, but it's up to you).

3) Taste. If you can't taste the avocado much, add a bit of salt. If it's a little flat, dribble a little lime juice in. If it's not spicy enough, add a little salsa.

Try more garlic powder to see how that changes it. Play with it and you will find your "ideal guac balance point". This is the secret to excellent guacamole!

4) Stir in cilantro and onion at the end if you want to. I usually do the cilantro, but not always.

5) By the third time you do this, you won't bother to measure, you'll just put the ingredients in and start tasting.

Guacamole is a great way to get lots of healthy fat and fiber into your diet.  For a healthy low-carb snack, serve it with vegetables such as cucumber, Bell pepper strips, or jicama.  Also, try it with my Low-Carb Fajitas or Low-Carb Nachos.

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