While I’m an East Coast girl, a little piece of my heart will always belong to the American Southwest. I lived in Phoenix AZ for almost ten years and that is where I met my husband and started our family. My husband played college football for Arizona State, Go Sundevils!! And my three oldest girls were born there. While all of that is special to me, what really sparked my love for Arizona was the food!!
Growing up in Philadelphia and being raised in an Italian American household, I was never introduced to the wonders of authentic Mexican food. Gasp!! The shock and horror … I know I know! The American Southwest is not only a beautiful place to live with its desert landscapes, bright blue skies, and great weather, but it has fantastic food!! Fajitas, tostadas, enchiladas all sounded so exotic to me when I first heard about them… and they were so good! Living in the heart of Phoenix I had so many great restaurants to choose from whenever I craved delicious Mexican food.
But alas, my relationship with Arizona came to an end when my husband and I decided to move back to the East Coast to be closer to our families. And while we love the East Coast and being closer to our families, I think my husband and I didn’t fully comprehend that this would mean our access to great authentic Mexican food would be hard to come by. Luckily, we have searched and found some really great local places that we love to go to whenever we get a craving for some yummy Mexican food. And it has also jump started me into learning how to make some of our favorite foods for my family at home to enjoy. What do they say? Necessity is the mother of invention … so true! Especially when you just have to have great guacamole!
Guacamole … I could go on and on about my love for guacamole. The creamy avocado, spicy jalapeño and hint of lime juice combined all together creates one of my go-to condiments when I eat any of my favorite Mexican dishes. The creaminess of the guacamole really helps to calm the heat and spice in some foods. And not to mention, it is fantastic with tortilla chips!! Talk about great snacking when watching a movie or football game! And since avocados are full of heart healthy fatty acids, contain more potassium than bananas, and are loaded with fiber, I can eat this guacamole guilt free!
This recipe is a cinch to make and is a good basic to have in your cooking arsenal. I also like this recipe because its one of those that can be customized to anyone’s taste preferences. Like things spicy? Add more red pepper and jalapeño. Not a fan of the spice? Omit them or decrease the amounts. See what I’m saying…easy and breezy and yummy!! Give this recipe a try and I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.
3 Haas avocados ripe – diced
1/4 cup finely minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup finely diced fresh red onion
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
1- diced and seeded jalapeño
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice from 1 lime
Mash avocado with fork until it’s the consistency you like, I like mine a little chunky. Then just mix in rest of the ingredients and salt and pepper to taste. Eat right away or cover with plastic wrap, make sure the plastic wrap is touching the surface of the guacamole or it will brown.