Guacamole is a typical Mexican side dish, that goes well with a lot of food, but is especially great as a dip with tortilla chips or even french fries. Below you can find an easy recipe to get you started, plus two variations, in case you feel more adventurous.

Basic Guacamole Recipe
Cut a very ripe avocado in half, remove the big seed and scoop the flesh in a bowl, sprinkle with lime juice and salt. Traditionally you would now use a pestle and mortar, to mash all together, but a fork will do also. After you have achieved a smooth consistency, taste and add more salt or lime juice as necessary. This is the very basic form of Guacamole, on which you can expand further.

Spicy Variation
To make a more fiery dip, you can add finely diced tomatoes, hot peppers like Jalapeño or other chili peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper and / or cilantro. Cover the tomatoes shortly with hot water, to make it easier to peel them, and remove the seeds. Dice the tomato flesh in small cubes and set aside. Remove the seeds from the peppers and dice also finely. Chop the garlic, cilantro, and other herbs you want to add, and mix everything in your basic avocado mix. Add seasoning to taste and carefully mix the tomato dices into this, to make sure that the tomato pieces stay as intact as possible.

Roasted Variation
Roasting some of the ingredients, like the onions and garlic, adds some additional flavor to the mix. Just make sure the ingredients have cooled down before mixing them with the avocado. You can even fry some bacon cubes, until they are crunchy, and sprinkle them over the finished guacamole, to give it some extra taste and crunch.

After having tried out these variations, you will soon find your favorite combination. Don’t be afraid to try out something new and unique, Avocados go together with a lot of other ingredients and soon you will have developed your very own, special Guacamole recipe.

Doug Cullen is the owner of a Mexican restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and an avid cook. You can find a great guacamole recipe and many great Mexican recipes at his site MexicanFoodie.