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How to Make Guacamole for a Crowd

If you’re hosting a watch party for the big game, a birthday celebration, or simply a gathering of friends at your home, you want to be the host(ess) with the most(est) — most guacamole, that is. We don’t doubt that your friends love dipping into your guacamole!

But have you made your world-famous guacamole for a crowd? It’s important to make sure there’s enough to go around, all while keeping it fresh and tasty for seconds. These tips and tricks will help you make enough guacamole for everyone (even party crashers) to enjoy.

Related: Keep things fresh by checking out our guide to creative guacamole appetizers.

How Many Avocados Do I Need?

It depends on your guacamole recipe, but a good rule to follow is roughly half an avocado per person. (Count your guests and divide by two to yield the number of avocados you’ll need.) Here’s a helpful video demonstrating how to choose ripe avocados at the store by holding them in the palm of your hand and squeezing gently. If it gives a little, you have a ripe one!

Making Guacamole for a Crowd

The basic guacamole consists of mashed avocados, lime juice, and salt. Traditional ingredients include chopped tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, and cilantro. You can play with the ingredients and make your guacamole spicier or less so, or on the sweeter side with the addition of fruit like mangoes.

Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. No need to stab it with a fork; simply work a spoon around the pit to remove it. You can slice or dice the flesh, as shown in this how-to video, but scooping it out with a spoon into a large bowl will be faster. Depending on how smooth or chunky you like it, you can put the avocados through the food processor for a creamy texture. If you like it chunky, mash the avocados with a fork or, even faster, with a potato masher. Or combine both methods for a surprising texture!

When avocado flesh is exposed to oxygen, it oxidizes and turns brown. In order to avoid this unsightly discoloration, eat the guacamole within two hours of being made, as you’ll learn in this video. If you must make it hours in advance or even the previous night, sprinkle lime juice over the surface and cover with cling film. Make sure that the cling film is pressed firmly against the surface with no air pockets. That way, your guac will remain bright green and fresh and delicious, as it should be.

Now you’re ready to feed your guests, no matter what size appetites they bring to your table! Discover more avocado inspiration on our recipes page.

By Avocados From Mexico January 02, 2018

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