Homemade guacamole is a real treat that can be enjoyed as an accompaniment to Mexican-inspired meals, or used as a dip during parties and family gatherings. There are endless possibilities on how to perfect the taste of homemade guacamole, from choosing the best avocados, using just the right amount of seasonings, to picking the best tasting ingredients.
Pick Ripe Avocados
The basis for any homemade guacamole is good quality avocados. Avocados that are not yet ripe will not work; nor will avocados that are too ripe. Test avocados first before buying them. If there is a lot of give when you press gently on them, they are ripe. However, if there is a lot of give, put the avocados back, as they are too ripe and should not be used.
Experiment with Seasonings
Common seasonings for homemade guacamole include lime juice, chillies or peppers (such as jalapenos) and coriander. But there is no need to stick rigidly to the prescribed ingredients. Instead of lime juice, substitute for lemon juice or a combination of lemon, lime and orange juice, for a fruity, full-bodied flavour.
Pick the Best Tasting Ingredients
Onion and tomatoes bulk up and help enhance the taste of guacamole. Experiment with finely chopped and roughly chopped onion and tomatoes and try out different types of onions such as Walla Walla Sweet Onions, spring onions, cherry tomatoes or vine-ripened tomatoes to achieve the best tasting homemade salsa. For extra kick, add crushed or minced garlic and stir well.
Consistency of Guacamole
Everyone’s taste buds are different, which is why you will need to experiment with the guacamole to get just the right consistency. For a heavier, lumpier consistency, roughly mash the avocado, rather than mashing it to a pulp. Then adjust the consistency as you add the lemon, lime or orange juice. Other ingredients such as the onion, tomato and garlic should also be adjusted accordingly to suit your taste.
Great tasting homemade guacamole will have you and your guests coming back for more. Start with the basics, by picking out ripe avocados and do not be afraid to experiment with seasonings. Next, pick out the best tasting ingredients and chop, dice or mince. The consistency of the guacamole is all-important, so adjust the ingredients to achieve a thick or runny guacamole.