Mexican Food Made Simple

Classic guacamole

Eat this knowing that it not only tastes outrageous but is incredibly good for you.

Classic guacamole and pork scratchings

Guacamole is the Aztec for ‘avocado’ (guac) and ‘sauce’ (mole). The secret to a good one is to use ripe avocados and masses of fresh coriander and lime. Then just season well and eat knowing that it not only tastes outrageous but is incredibly good for you.

Makes enough for 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

½ red onion, very finely chopped
1–2 serrano or other fresh green chillies, finely chopped
1–2 teaspoons sea salt
3 ripe Hass avocados
juice of 1–2 limes
a small handful of coriander leaves, chopped
black pepper

Method

  1. Put a quarter of the onion and half the chilli and salt in a pestle and mortar, and mash to a rough paste.
  2. Cut open the avocados, remove the stones and scoop out the flesh into the mortar (or into a large bowl if your mortar is small).
  3. Roughly mash the flesh with a fork, adding half the lime juice as you go. When you have a rough guacamole, stir in the rest of the lime juice, red onion and chilli and the coriander.
  4. Season with plenty of black pepper and more salt if you think it needs it. If it doesn’t taste delicious by this stage, think whether it might need more lime juice or coriander.
  5. Serve the guacamole with freshly made tortilla chips or pork scratchings.

Recipes from Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers © Thomasina Miers 2010, published by Hodder & Stoughton

Photographer Claire Wilks © Blink Films 2011