Benito’s Restaurant in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood offers bowls of pure guacamole delight.
If you want to try making your own version of this Mexican restaurant staple at home, here are a few interesting recipes to get you started.
Alton Brown’s Tried and True Guacamole
TV chef Alton Brown is known for exploring the science behind cooking. His recipes tend to be quite specific, so follow his recipe closely. Later, you can begin to explore ways of tailoring it to your individualized taste preference.
Thoroughly coat the pulp of three Haas avocados with the juice of one lime.
Then drain off the leftover juice but don’t throw it away. You’re going to use some of it later.
To the avocado, add ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon cayenne and ½ teaspoon ground cumin.
Incorporate the seasoning by mashing the avocado the same as you would a potato.
Gently fold into the avocado two diced Roma tomatoes that have been seeded, ½ minced and seeded jalapeno pepper, ½ diced medium-sized onion, a minced garlic clove and a tablespoon chopped cilantro.
Remember the leftover lime juice? Now put a tablespoon of it back into your guacamole for additional seasoning.
Allow the flavors to work their magic one hour at room temperature.
Simply Recipes’ Easy Chunky Guacamole
Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes emphasizes the importance of ripe avocados for your guacamole.
She advises pressing the avocado and noticing whether or not it gives a little. If so, it’s ripe. If not, it needs to mature. And if it gives too much, it’s overripe.
Follow her recipe to make a distinctly chunky version of the dip.
Remove the pulp of the two avocados.
Use a fork to mash the pulp. Don’t try to make it completely smooth.
Mix in a tablespoon lime juice, ½ teaspoon Kosher salt, and a bit of black pepper.
It’s time for ½ tomato seeded and chopped, one or two seeded and minced Serrano chiles, two tablespoons red onion minced and two tablespoons well-chopped cilantro.
Bauer reminds you that if you anticipate needing to refrigerate your guacamole, don’t add the tomatoes until you are ready to serve.
Guacamole with a Bit of a Twist
Simply Recipes offers a few ways to make guacamole with less obvious ingredients.
Are you in a hurry? Easily add salsa to the avocado flesh for a no-fuss two-item dip.
If you don’t have salsa handy, just use salt and maybe a little lime juice if available.
Other guacamole recipes use such varied ingredients as cottage cheese, sour cream, strawberries, peaches, mango, pineapple and pomegranate seeds.
Guacamole with a Twist and a Shout
TV’s Ina Garten, known for her Barefoot Contessa brand, opts for lemon juice over lime juice in her guacamole.
Then she throws in Tabasco sauce. She doesn’t add one dash but eight dashes.
It’s Your Guacamole, so You Get to Make the Call
If you’re getting the idea that there are no hard and fast rules for guacamole, you’re right.
Feel free to experiment.
When you’re in the mood for a little authentic Mexican food, make your way to Benito’s for our historically-accurate guacamole.
When you’re in the mood to try something different at home, you can select your preferred guacamole ingredients and make your unique version of culinary history.