Guacamole is a creamy avocado dip that originates from Mexico. It’s often served as an appetizer with tortilla chips. While guacamole is traditionally made with multiple avocados, it’s possible to make a tasty batch with just one avocado. The key is to add ingredients to stretch the avocado and add flavor. With some simple prep and the right ingredients, you can make delicious guacamole for 1-2 people with a single avocado.
Picking and Ripening the Avocado
For ideal guacamole, start with a perfectly ripened avocado. Choose an avocado that yields slightly when gently pressed but isn’t mushy. Allow unripened avocados to ripen at room temperature until the skin darkens and the fruit yields to gentle pressure. Once ripe, store avocados in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Gathering the Ingredients
In addition to the avocado, you’ll need:
– 1 small tomato, diced
– 1/4 cup diced white or red onion
– 1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
– 1 small garlic clove, minced
– 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl. Then you’re ready to scoop out and mash the avocado.
Scooping Out and Mashing the Avocado
Start by slicing the avocado lengthwise around the pit. Twist the halves to separate. Tap the pit with the knife blade and twist to remove. Scoop the avocado flesh into the bowl with the other ingredients.
Mash the avocado with a fork, leaving some chunks for texture. Stir to combine the ingredients evenly. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
Adding More Flavor and Creaminess
For extra flavor and creaminess, consider stirring in one of the following:
– 2-3 tablespoons Mexican crema or sour cream
– 1-2 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
– 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper
– 1 teaspoon lime zest
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
The possibilities are endless when customizing guacamole. Tailor it to your tastes.
Storing and Serving Guacamole
To maintain the bright green color, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole before refrigerating. Properly stored, guacamole made with one avocado will keep for 1-2 days.
For the best flavor and texture, allow chilled guacamole to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped tomato, onion, cilantro or crumbled cheese if desired. Serve with tortilla chips, raw veggies or dolloped on tacos, tostadas, burgers and more. Adjust consistency with lime juice or water if needed after sitting.
Enjoy fresh, flavorful guacamole made right at home with just one avocado! Experiment with mix-ins and toppings until you find your favorite guacamole recipe.