This past year, my friends and I made a tradition of Margarita Thursday. For me and one other friend, we turned the evening into “why doesn’t this guacamole taste right.” Something was always missing whether it was lime or onions. To warn you, I am not a guacamole purist and I know there are a million different ways to make good guacamole. However, I know what I like, and I like this!

I love avocados. Sometimes I will slice some up and put on a salad or a wrap. Avocados are like nuts in that even though avocados are high in calories, it is full or good fats and nutrients. I use left over guacamole as a salad topping or even a spread in a sandwich or wrap.

We have a couple of local Mexican markets around where I live. I don’t shop there because I want authentic vegetables from Mexico, I shop there for guacamole because the place has everything I need and the avocados are ripe. I made a big ‘ole batch for the fourth of July. May be not the most patriotic thing I could do but I was craving this! Normally I measure everything out for baking but when my recipes come to guacamole, I try and use whatever I have on hand or which flavor I feel like tasting the most. This is what I basically use.

Guacamole:

4 Avocados

1 med. Tomato

2 gloves of garlic

½ red onion

2 Serrano chilies

1 juicy lime

Salt

Pepper

Cumin

Cilantro

Slice the avocados in half and dig out the insides (yes, my technical term is dig!) Mash the avocado a bit with a fork but still leave kind of chunky. Dice up the tomato, garlic, red onion, and Serrano chilies and throw the combination in with the avocado. Just a side note- you might want to wear gloves when playing with the chilies. You need to seed the chilies- the seeds and juice can get a little hot on your hand.

Mix everything together. You can use as much or as little Cilantro as you like. I probably use ½ cup that is somewhat shredded.

Put a good dash of salt, a pinch of pepper, and cumin to taste. The cumin is what I think the secret is and I like to really taste it. Squeeze some lime juice (again however little or much as you want—some people don’t use lime juice at all) and mix everything together.

Get out your tortilla chips and dig in!

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