When I was a child, my mom’s guacamole recipe was one of the first items I learned how to make. It’s also a recipe that my children make on regular occasions. In fact, this can hardly be called a recipe because it is so simple to make, but it is a nourishing and easy snack, condiment or topping that my kids all love.
All About the Avocado
Avocados have a unique fatty acid profile and are rich in monounsaturated fats. They are a good source of fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin K, as well as potassium and other nutrients. This special balance of healthy fats and nutrients makes avocados great for hair and skin.
Avocados are one of the few foods that are high in both healthy fats and fiber, making them helpful for digestion. They are one of the first foods I feed my babies because of their nutrient profile, and I also use them as a base for my egg-free mayo recipe since they are much less allergenic than eggs (and autoimmune friendly).
Avocados are often lumped into the vegetable category, but are actually a fruit, and over 1.5 billion are consumed annually in the US.
The most popular type of avocado in the world is the Haas avocado and it has an interesting history…
In the 1930s, a California mailman named Rudolph Haas discovered an avocado tree in his backyard and patented it in 1935. All modern avocado trees can trace back to Haas’ avocado tree, and popularity really took off in the 1970s. Now, Haas avocados are grow in California, Florida and especially Mexico, where 5 different climates and growing seasons allow avocados to grow year-round.
The Humble Guacamole
While avocados only gained popularity in the US in the last several decades, they’ve been popular in other parts of the world for centuries and were considered a superfood by cultures like the Aztecs, who even had some of the earliest guacamole recipes.
While avocados may have taken a while to catch on, they’re definitely popular now, as is the recipe they are most commonly used in: guacamole.
In fact, September 16th is National Guacamole Day!
The word “Guacamole” comes from the Aztec word meaning “Avocado Sauce” and was just a simple mix of mashed avocado, tomatoes and spices.
My Easy Guacamole Recipe
My guacamole recipes is a purist recipe that is similar to the original Aztec recipe with minimal ingredients to let the taste of the avocado shine through.
My kids love this recipe because it is so simple to make and they will often prepare guacamole and carrot sticks or plantain chips for lunch or as a healthy snack.
Simple Guacamole Recipe
Yield 6 +
An incredibly simple guacamole recipe with minimal ingredients to mimic the original Aztec variations.
- 3 rips avocados
- 1/2 cup organic salsa (store bought or homemade)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder, optional
- The juice of one lime (optional) - Suggested by readers to help maintain color and for flavor
- Cut the avocados in half and carefully remove the pit.
- Scoop out the flesh of the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
- Add the salsa and spices and mash with a fork until just incorporated but still lumpy.
- Serve with carrot slices or plantain chips for a healthy and filling meal or snack.
Using pre-made salsa makes this recipe incredibly easy and fast. If you don't have any organic or homemade salsa or don't like the flavor of salsa in guacamole, substitute:1 medium size ripe tomato, diced1/4 cup very finely diced red onion2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
Do you have a family guacamole recipe? How do you make it?