November 14 National Guacamole Day

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Guacamole is a traditional South American side dish that has roots as far back as the Aztecs. Although today is national guac day, as it is traditionally referred to in America and Canada, there is speculation as to when it became a holiday.

It is, however, easy to see why it became a holiday as each year over 4 billion pounds of hass avocados are sold in the United States alone; Which makes perfect sense as the best way to eat them is in guacamole.

Guacamole or guac is one of the simplest things one can make, taking only a few minutes to prepare, and, if made right, will take even less time to eat. To make this right you need to be able to choose the best avocados. Bad avocados means a bad batch of Guacamole. A simple way to tell if the avocado is ripe is to gently squeeze it. If the avocado has a little give, it is just right. If it is hard, it needs to sit for a few more days to get ripe.
Another way to tell if the avocado is ripe is to peel back the stem. If the stem is peeled back and you are able to see green, the avocado is still good. If you peel it back and you see brown, it is likely to mean that the avocado has passed its peek ripe point and may already be bad.

Guacamole is traditionally made from mashed avocados, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and cilantro. However because of its diverse nature it can be crafted to fit everybody’s tastes by simply adding some diced jalapeño peppers or possibly taking out the tomatoes. Personally I prefer mine a little spicy so I like to add powdered cayenne pepper.

You’ll Need:
3-4 Hass Avocados
1/2 onion diced
3-4 sprigs cilantro
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1 tomatoes, diced
dash of lime juice
powdered cayenne pepper ( optional)

Prepare the avocados: First, cut them in half, then remove the core and scoop out all of the green fruit into your bowl. Mash them together and set it aside. Now dice the tomatoes and chop the cilantro, and add the to mashed avocado. Add the salt, pepper and lime juice, mixing everything together, chill at least one hour prior to serving. To enjoy, serve chilled guacamole with crispy fresh tortilla chips.

Here are several more delicious Tried-n-True guacamole recipes we think you’ll also enjoy:

Tami’s Special Burn your Lips off Guacamole

Firehouse Guacamole

Sriracha Vodka Guacamole

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