If we want to make a pot of tasty hot chilli into a banquet, we serve it with guacamole, home made tortilla chips, fresh tomato salsa, and vegan cheesy sauce.
Traditional guacamole should always be dairy free and suitable for vegans, don’t truck with adding cream to your guacamole, this is just something supermarkets do to rip you off so that they don’t need to use so much avocado!
This recipe is my own spin on a technique I was originally shown by Ms Marmite Lover, which I have never forgotten. She taught me that with a couple of avocados and a pinch of pinache it was possible to cater for my hungry party guests at zero notice (“always provide food at a party!”). Thanks to her I always feed my guests, and I always add grated onion to my guac…
Makes 1 side portion suitable for sharing between 2-4 people.
You will need:
- 2 well-riped avocados (they should be buttery soft but ideally use them before they get brown)
- 1 medium onion, finely grated
- Juice of 1 lime (key lime, the pale ones, are tastier than persian limes), or lemon juice. Avoid any bottled juice, the flavour just isn’t nice
- 1 tsp chipotle powder (you can use smoked paprika if you don’t have chipotle)
- A good measure of fine sea salt to taste (the salt is important as it really brings out the flavour).
- Fresh coriander to taste.
1. Scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash thoroughly with a fork until smooth.
2. Add the finely grated onion, lime juice (or lemon juice), sea salt, and chipotle powder (or smoked paprika) and mix well. Grating the onion can be fiddly and will probably make you cry. Persevere, it’s worth it! It will come out like an onion paste that blends perfectly with the avocado, and is key to the mouth-watering properties of the dip! The salt is important too, so don’t forget it, and keep adding a little at a time until your dip tastes irresistible!
3. Add a generous amount of fresh coriander leaves according to your taste and stir in well with extra to garnish.
4. Leave to stand for around 10 minutes before eating (if you can bear to!), as this gives the flavours a chance to meld together to create a rich delicious guacamole.