Nothing is better on a hot summer afternoon than a bowl of guacamole accompanied by your favourite corn chip.
Even if you don’t want to eat it with chips you can always throw it in a burrito or top your chilli con carne with it.
No matter what your preferences are you will be sure that you can find a use for our guacamole recipe. This particular recipe is so quick and simple, if you are having guests over and don’t have time to make anything too outrageous you can simply get this whipped up in no time at all.
Traditional guacamole recipe
- 1/2 red onion finely diced
- 1-2 sliced red chillies
- 3 ripe avocados
- a handful of fresh coriander
- 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- To begin, take the seeds out of your avocadoes and get the flesh out onto a chopping board.
- Start chopping them while also adding in your red onion.
- Once combined thoroughly transfer it to a bowl.
- Add in the majority of your coriander leaves along with your minced garlic and half of your chillies.
- Add in some salt, pepper, 1 squeezed lime and your olive oil.
- Stir and mash the mixture to ensure all of the ingredients have been mixed evenly.
- Serve with the rest of your chilli slices and fresh coriander.
There are many extra additions you can add to your guacamole depending on what you want to do with it. If you are using it as a base for a dip a tablespoon of cream cheese can thicken it up while diced cherry tomatoes are great for salad and nacho toppers.
History of guacamole
Since guacamole accompanies many Mexican dishes many people assume that it originates from Mexico and they would be correct. The first rendition of guacamole was actually made by the Aztecs before the 16th century where it was made entirely out of avocados. In today’s age the term guacamole actually comes from the Nahuati word, āhuacamolli which translates to avocado sauce. The sauce essentially got its popularity from the very unusual nutritional value that it holds. They have a very high protein and fat content for a fruit which has made them a super food. During this early time period, the people’s diets didn’t have a lot of protein and fats in them which is why avocados became a necessity. Additionally the Aztecs believed guacamole to be an aphrodisiac which would in turn increase its popularity even more.
When Europeans decided to colonise Central America they too were blown away by the dish and couldn’t get enough of it. However when they tried to make their own version of the dish where they would try to substitute the avocado component. This however didn’t have the same hit as the traditional variant and thus the Europeans love for Avocados begun. A lot of the modern ingredients that people add to guacamole nowadays are commonly found in the Central American countries due to them creating the dish. Tomatoes, onions and avocados are the key ingredients for the dish and happen to be commonly found throughout the entire continent.
While it may have originated in Central America, people’s love for this dish spans across the entire globe. As a matter of fact, guacamole was the most consumed food during the Superbowl which is a staple American cultural event.
Health benefits of avocado
You’ve heard people claim that these amazing fruits are super foods but do you actually know how they are good for? Below we are going to explore just some of the many health benefits that avocados have to offer.
They have more potassium than bananas
People are always ranting and raving about how bananas are a good source of potassium but avocados actually have more! The superior green fruit has about 14 percent of your daily intake for potassium which is a massive hit. Potassium is a vital nutrient for your body that helps maintain the electrical gradients in the cells of your body.
They are full of fatty goodness
77 percent of the calories that you get from an avocado is actually from fat. This makes it one of the fattiest fruits in the entire world! You may be thinking how fat is a health benefit well it just isn’t your everyday regular fat. The fat in these fruit is oleic acid which is the major component in olive oil which has also been tied to reducing inflammation and can have beneficial effects in reducing your chances of getting cancer.