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Thought Leader Series: Making Guacamole at Home with the Freshest Avocados

Shea Goldstein is a food blogger and recipe developer who has been in the food writing industry for over five years. She has a passion for all things food, especially jalapenos, and is always thinking about what's for dinner...

Making GuacamoleShea Goldstein is a food blogger and recipe developer who has been in the food writing industry for over five years. She has a passion for all things food, especially jalapenos, and is always thinking about what's for dinner while eating lunch.

Making guacamole at home isn't difficult - The main key is using the freshest ingredients and picking out the perfect avocados.

Making guacamole
Your avocados should be dark and slightly soft to the touch (see above). Not too soft, though!

You want them to yield to gentle pressure. If they're too ripe, you'll get avocado mush that's brown - not good. You also need additional fresh ingredients - fresh limes, tomatoes (in season or canned tomatoes), fresh jalapenos, onion, good sea or kosher salt and cilantro to make a good base guacamole. The lime juice acts as an "activator" for the avocado; it essentially balances out the butteriness.

The jalapenos give it a nice little spicy kick, so you can add as much as you want depending on your heat tolerance.

Another thing I want to stress is that after you cut the avocado, please, please, please squeeze some lime juice on it if you want to save it in the fridge before you throw it in the Ziploc bag. If you don't have limes, use lemon or any citrus you have on hand. It will preserve your avocado and keep it from ripening further while it's in the fridge and

Here's a few guacamole recipes I've made that have been popular with my family and friends. One thing I love about making guacamole is that you can make it your own!

Here's one of my personal favorites...

Bacon Blue Cheese Buffalo Guacamole- (Yes, I crammed all of that into a guac and it's absolutely amazing). Don't judge a girl. Who doesn't love all of that goodness?

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Pineapple Guacamole

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Kiwi Guacamole

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Finally...

Salsa Verde Guacamole. It just doesn't get much better than this, kids.

Making guacamole

Making guacamole isn't rocket science; anyone can do it. Pick fresh avocados and lots of fresh ingredients to incorporate with to make your own epic guacamole.

Here's the Salsa Verde Guacamole recipe:

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado

1/2 lime, juiced

1/4 yellow onion, diced

1/2 tomato, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

3/4 cup salsa verde

1 tbsp sea salt

Instructions

Combine everything in a bowl, smash and serve with chips.

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