Guacamole seems to be an easy-to-make dip. But things can become tricky if you don't know exactly what to do. Find out which are the most common guacamole mistakes and how to avoid them to enjoy this amazing dip at its maximum.
The first time I've made guacamole I was 22 years old. I remember it because I was just finishing college, starting to work, had my own money, and felt courageous for the first time in my life. So – I thought – what to do? What to do with this courage? Some young people would choose to travel, or even start a family. But not me. The challenge came from my then-boyfriend who said: what about making some guacamole? You may not believe it, but yes, for me, that was a really big challenge!
Did I felt pressure? Not really. But I understood the importance of this (apparently) simple dip. Guacamole is just one of those foods that make people happy. But, if you’re not careful, you can make some common guacamole mistakes.
Common guacamole mistakes
1. Using unripe avocados. Or too ripe
One of the biggest guacamole mistakes is to use unripe avocados or too ripe ones. Remember that you can’t make good guacamole without good avocados. Because most grocery stores sell under-ripe avocados, you should think in advance and buy them a couple of days before you want to eat guacamole. That way, avocados will ripen in your kitchen. Be careful to use avocado fruit with the same level of ripeness. Otherwise, some will mash perfectly, while some will be too hard.
Tip: Everybody says Hass avocados make the perfect guacamole for any occasion.
2. Too much salt
Perfect guacamole is all about knowing how to season it. The first time you make guacamole, you could think that a little salt will do. But when you taste it, you realize you feel nothing but a nutty and fatty flavor. That’s the moment you decide to add more salt. And too much salt is one of the most common guacamole mistakes. Because you usually forget that you’ll eat this dip with tortilla chips, that have extra salt.
Tip: Taste the guacamole five minutes after seasoning, because the flavors take time to blend together.
3. Skipping the lime or lemon
Without acid – lime or lemon juice – guacamole is too fatty and rich. The sour juice balances the flavor, so you should add as much as you wish. Just make it gradually so you won't regret it later! This also helps keep the bright green color of the avocado pulp.
Tip: Use freshly squeezed lemon or limes juice.
4. Making it long before you eat it
Even if you add enough lime juice, too much time in the fridge usually results in brown guacamole. The best time to make it is right before you serve it. Plus, it takes no more than 10 minutes!
Tip: If you plan a party and you must make it ahead, squeeze some lime over the top, then press plastic wrap right onto the surface.
5. Using a food processor
Some people think that it’s easier to make guacamole using a food processor. But that’s one of the biggest guacamole mistakes! Guacamole shouldn’t be spreadable! The purpose of this dip is to feel its chunky texture in your mouth. After you scoop out the avocado pulp, put it in a mortar and mash it using a pestle. Add the other ingredients – onion, tomato, and hot pepper, depending on your recipe – and mix your guacamole up to the moment the flavors are combined. Leaving the texture chunkier will make the difference.
Tip: Don't have a mortar and pestle? A bowl and a fork should work with most guacamole recipes.
Now, knowing what guacamole mistakes you should avoid, here’s what you should do: Take a look at your recipe, because they vary a lot. To make guacamole you’ll usually need fresh lemon or lime juice, white onion, tomatoes, chili or hot peppers, salt, and pepper. Guacamole is traditionally served with tortilla chips, but it can also be served with vegetable sticks, crackers, or on toast.
Here are 3 guacamole recipes to try on:
1. Bacon-Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Onion
2. Guacamole Pizza
3. Guacamole Chicken Pack