Classic Guacamole

Though we'll never quiet the argument of what belongs in “real” guacamole, this classic take sticks to avocado, onion, jalapeño, lime, tomato and cilantro.
Photo by Meg Baggott / Styling by Ray Garraffa

Few things get people fired up like arguing over what ingredients belong in “real” guacamole. Here’s our take on the classic avocado dip.

Should Some Ingredients Never Be Used in Guacamole?
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded, deveined and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • Salt, to taste
Directions 

Combine onion, jalapeños and lime juice in bowl. Scoop pulp from avocados, and mash coarsely into onion mixture. Add tomato and cilantro. Salt generously, to taste.

Pair It

Boutari 2015 Assyrtiko (Santorini)

To pair wine with guacamole and other avocado-based dishes, acidity is key. Choose a bottle with citric crispness that plays to the limes present on most Mexican tables. This wine sings of citrus and minty herbs, with a slightly briny note that’s common to Assyrtiko from Santorini.

Published on July 13, 2017
About the Author
Nils Bernstein
Contributing Editor, Food

A fan of sweet wines, sour beers, and old-school Rioja, Bernstein is an exhaustive traveler in search of new and unsung chefs and restaurants, innovative wine and food pairings, and eating and drinking at the source. In addition to Wine Enthusiast, Bernstein has written for Bon Appetit, Men’s Journal, New York Times, Men’s Fitness, Hemispheres, and Kinfolk, among others.

Email: nbernstein@wineenthusiast.net



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