Guacamole is a relatively simple dish, often served as a topping for tacos, enchiladas and other foods, or as a dip served with warm tortilla chips. Despite its simplicity, people seem to love a great guacamole. Of all the Mexican food dishes one could prepare, guacamole is by far the simplest to make and most difficult to get wrong. Because guacamole is so popular, a quick search online will reveal hundreds of different guacamole recipes for you to choose from when making your own at home.
The basic ingredients in a good guacamole are fully-ripened avocado, salt (preferably sea salt) and some type of chili pepper, though purists would say even chili peppers should be omitted. Beyond the basic ingredients, some recipes call for fresh garlic, lemon or lime juice, onion and tomato. Regardless of ingredients, however, guacamole should be primarily avocado, with other ingredients added to add a moderate amount of flavor without overwhelming the dish. In a hurry, guacamole can be as simple as mashing avocados with a splash of your favorite salsa, but you'll probably want to keep your recipe a secret from your guests if you go that route. Most guacamole aficionados will cringe at the idea of using salsa as an ingredient.
If you're planning to whip up a batch of guacamole for your next dinner party, beware of guacamole recipes that call for ingredients beyond the basics, no matter how awesome they may seem at first glance. Adding bacon, for example, has become a popular idea that may sound great in theory but fails miserably in execution, every time. Other questionable ingredients include radishes, celery, bell peppers, asparagus or various fruits. Remember, you're making guacamole, not a salad. The beauty of guacamole is its simplicity, and adding in extra veggies will kill the very thing that makes guacamole great. Other ingredients to avoid: yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise. Also, don't even think about adding in seafood, such as shrimp or crab, though adding a dollop of fresh guacamole to a shrimp salad may be divine.
When searching for guacamole recipes online, look for recipes that stick closely to the original and disregard any recipes that try to make the guacamole extra fancy or different. There are many online resources that offer authentic Mexican recipes for great guacamole, so you may want to begin your search there. Really, though, some of the best guacamole can simply be thrown together with nothing more than your taste buds to guide you.