Chunky with a citrus-ey accent or both lime and orange juice plus a hit of spice and just enough girth to make any chip happy, it’s the perfect combo to welcome some spring weather with a few salty corn chips and a nice cold beverage.
If it weren’t for guacamole serving as my avocado gateway, the jury is out on whether I would ever have become an avocado fan. Now, they’re one of my favorite things to eat, so how could it be there was a time I didn’t like them?
Just like artichokes, it wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I finally gave in to even trying avocados. I have no idea where my aversion stemmed from. Maybe I just had an aversion to fruits and veggies that started with the letter A?
There are as many guacamole recipes out there in the world as there are stars in the sky and we all have our favorite, and this chunky homemade version is mine.
My husband came up with this guacamole recipe years ago and it was one of the first recipes I published here on the blog when I announced the first issue of FoodieCrush magazine along with some of my favorite things. But after making this guacamole time and time again, my photos and this post were in need of an update.
Our chunky guacamole is a quick and easy solution to be served at everything from tail gates to wedding showers to easy to pull together Taco Tuesdays. Because who doesn’t love a dip with a chip into amazing guacamole?
But first off, you need to start with near-perfectly ripe avocados.
How to Pick a Ripe Avocado
The almighty avocado. It’s one of nature’s most complete foods thanks to good for you fats, essential fatty acids and phytochemical plus vitamins. It’s a nutritional powerhouse and pretty much has it all going on but choosing a ripe avocado can be a guessing game. If your fruit isn’t ripe enough and you’ll never be able to mash them. Too ripe and the avocado flavor is bitter and the texture mealy. So how to tell if you have a ripe avocado?
- First, gently squeeze an avocado and feel for just a bit of softness and give.
- Then, take a look at the brown nub of the stem and pluck it off. If the stem comes off easily and shows green underneath, the avocado is ripe and ready to eat.
- If it shows brown under the stem, the avocado is likely too ripe and could have dark spots inside.
- If the stem is stubborn and won’t budge, the avocado isn’t ready yet.
About the Recipe
We use a combination of avocados that have been creamed smoother and a few more that are in larger chunks to get just the right ratio per scoop.
Chopped white onion and jalapeño add the heat and bite with a little diced tomato mixed in, with smoked paprika and chili powder sprinkled in to add a smoky, Mexican-flavored bite.
What gives our guacamole a special taste is the addition of fresh orange juice along with lime juice for a creamy, citrusy scoop.
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #foodiecrusheats.
- 5 avocados, chopped
- ⅓ cup white onion, diced
- ⅓ cup tomato, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and finely diced
- 1 small orange, juiced (1/4 cup)
- 1 lime, juiced (1/8 cup)
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
- Kosher salt to taste
- Mash three of the avocados in a medium bowl. Add two more chopped avocados to the bowl with the chopped, onion, tomato, garlic and jalapeno. Squeeze the orange and lime juices over the avocado mixture and add the chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Mix welll. Add more of the juice mixture to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, sliced fresh vegetables or as a topping for a tasty sandwich.
As we have for the past few seasons, Becky of The Vintage Mixer has posted her list of what’s in season to eat now and from that list, has amassed a group of us who are posting #eatseasonal recipes today. Some are some are sweet, some are savory and they’re all in season now.
Rhubarb & Orange Frangipane Galette by Simple Bites
Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Pops by Completely Delicious
Greek Three Bean Salad by Flavor the Moments
Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars by Floating Kitchen
Strawberry Lime Chopped Salad by Vintage Mixer
Minty Sweet Pea Hummus by She Likes Food
Simply Strawberry Pie by Joy Food Sunshine
French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad by Letty’s Kitchen
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