guacamole two ways

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We are blessed to be friend with some Canadians who spent 15 years working and serving in Mexico. While they, they adopted a love for all things Mexican, including the food, and we were double blessed recently to be invited over for a fiesta with lots of scrumptious south of the border food on the menu. I was asked to bring guacamole, and with my hat in my hand (these folks know their Mexican food!) I prepared two different avocado dips, and would like to share the recipe with you below. You may only find avocados in your combo box from time to time, but you can find many of the other ingredients for delicious guacamole most weeks!

Smooth and Simple Guacamole

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2 ripe avocados
juice of 1 small lemon
2 cloves lovely garlic
1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)

1. Peel and pit your avocados and place the flesh in your food processor.

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2. Peel 2 (or three if you really like garlic!) cloves of your lovely garlic. Add the cloves, the salt, and the juice of your lemon (being careful not to include the seeds) to your avocados in the processor.

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3. Process until completely smooth. Taste and add more salt if needed.

Thick and Chunky Guacamole

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2 ripe avocados
juice of half a lime
1 clove lovely garlic
2 green onions, white and green parts (not the middle, light green, woodier part, discard that)
1 small tomato
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
fresh cilantro (optional)

1. Peel and pit your avocado and place the flesh in a large bowl. Set aside.

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2. On a chop board and with a good, sharp knife (watch those fingers!), dice the lovely garlic cloves (peeled first) and the whites of the green onions very fine. Add to avocados.

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3. Dice the green parts of the onions and the tomatoes, but in larger pieces, more like pea-size, and add those to the bowl as well.

4. Add all of your seasonings, as well as the lime juice.

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5. Stir all of your ingredients together with a spoon until they are evenly distributed. Next, use a potato masher to mash everything together.

6. When you’ve reached a good consistency, and the ingredients are well-married, taste and check for saltiness. If you are adding fresh cilantro, chop and fold in now.

Both guacamoles do well being prepared an hour or so ahead of time so they chill nicely and all the flavors of the citrus, vegetables, and spices have a chance to marinate. But if time is a wasting, you can serve them immediately! Guacamole is a fabulous and healthy dish that can be served as a garnish for any Latin American food or can be eaten as a dip with chips, pretzels, or raw veggies. Enjoy!

-Nicole Marsh-Mueller loves to cook locally and organically for her family and blogs at The Armchair Housewife

photo credit: Nicole Marsh-Mueller