I’m pleased that I can include avocados with all their health benefits into our diet…but they always meet a certain fate at our house: unless it’s a rare week that we stuff a few slices into a wrap, I find a way to make guacamole a fitting side at a meal when they’re on sale.
My recipe only has 3 ingredients: 1 avocado, about a Tbs or less lime juice, and a generous shake of Penzey’s Adobo seasoning.
I’ve seen other brands of adobo, but I have to tell you: Penzey’s is my favorite store in the whole wide world! Someday I’ll ask them if they want to advertise on my site, and then I’ll really talk them up, but seriously: check out their website (Penzey’s Spices), and if there’s a store near you, you must go in for a wander. Free spices smells are good for the soul! I love taking my son in and letting him smell all the different herbs and spices. I always spend too much there! (Note: There’s also the homemade version of adobo in my ebook Better Than a Box…)
Sorry about the random soapbox moment…on to the directions!
First you need to know what to do with an avocado when you bring it home. Here’s a little tutorial on how to cut it and get the pit out (my apologies on the shaky pictures; I’m still getting the hang of taking good pics of food!):
Homemade guac is so easy, it amazes me that anyone would pay $3 for a little 8 oz tub of the stuff. I like to get avocados on sale only, so my breakdown is:
- Avocado: $1
- Lime juice: 15 cents or less bottled version; even lower when I buy limes in the reduced produce section, juice and freeze in 1 Tbs portions (and remember to thaw it without my microwave…)
- Adobo seasoning: $5.19 for a big 4 oz. bag that will last me over a year…let’s say a quarter per batch, just to be on the high side.
Total for almost 2 cups of fresh guacamole: $1.40, max
Time needed: about 2 minutes, once you get good at shelling the avocado!
Fancy Add-ins:If I have them on hand, I’ll add chopped tomato or onion. That makes it look really pretty and adds a bit of taste. We almost always mix in a little salsa as we’re eating it for fuller flavor and zing!
Come back Friday for our family’s favorite delicious California Chicken Wrap recipe, the only other place you see avocados on our plates!
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