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Best-Ever Guacamole Recipe

Note: There's a chance you'll be asked to make this for every party you ever attend from now on.

Nobody should be without a solid guacamole recipe. Sure, it's a healthy, incredibly delicious condiment that makes almost anything it touches taste better, but there's an even more compelling reason to commit this recipe to memory: It's because having an awesome guac recipe is one of the easiest ways to impress others, and it's all thanks to avocado and some certain key spices. Master it, and you become the "guac guy" or "guac girl," that person who needs to be at the party on Saturday and who needs to bring along the best guacamole ever. We hope this recipe helps you achieve such a vaunted status.

Nutrition: 190 calories, 15 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 440 mg sodium

Serves 4

You'll Need

1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt to taste
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
1⁄4 cup minced onion
2 Tbsp minced jalapeño pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
2 oz tortilla chips

How to Make It

  1. Combine the cilantro and garlic on a cutting board, and use the back of a chef's knife to work them into a fine paste; a pinch of coarse salt helps this process. (If you own a mortar and pestle, there's never been a better time to use it.)
  2. Transfer the paste to a bowl, and add the avocado.
  3. Use a fork to smash the avocado into a mostly smooth—but still slightly chunky—puree.
  4. Stir in the onion, jalapeño, lemon juice, and salt.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips or warm corn tortillas.

Eat This Tip

We mentioned a mortar and pestle, so we thought we would tell you a little more about this secret weapon kitchen tool. The mortar and pestle is a critical tool for unlocking the flavors behind many of the world's most thrilling culinary creations, from pesto from Italy to curries from Thailand to salsa and guacamole from Mexico. By pounding ingredients like herbs and spices, garlic cloves, and chiles, you release their essential oils, infusing dishes with an intense flavor that is impossible to achieve with a knife or a food processor. While ceramic mortars are good-looking, look for a volcanic or granite base with a slightly rough exterior; it's abrasion you're looking for to unlock those essential oils, and this tool does it the best.

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