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Good times are waiting to be had, and they're just a dip away. So, pull up a chair, grab the tortilla chips, and dive down the guacamole hole below.

THE O.G. GUACS

Let's get down to guacroots. Click the links to get the O.G. (Original Guacamole) recipes on the web.

HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE

The primary ingredient in guacamole is nutrient-rich avocados. Everyone has their own take on
how to make "the best" guacamole, but the most common ingredients are:

Avocado

Tomato

Onion

Garlic

Cilantro

Salt

Lime

Jalapeño

When you make your own guacamole, use the freshest ingredients for the best taste. You also can
step outside the box and make it a little spicier, sweeter, or just a little more by adding some
different ingredients like bacon or mango. The end result can be chunky or smooth, depending on
your personal preference.

Most importantly, start with quality ripened avocados to give the recipe the right taste and texture.

DIRECTIONS

  • Mash the peeled avocados in a bowl with a fork until slightly chunky. Using a food processor or mashing further will make the mixture smoother if preferred.
  • Add in lime juice, onion, tomato, garlic, or any other ingredients like chili powder. Once you have the basic recipe down, you can mix it up to make it your own. Experiment to find the special ingredients that make the recipe uniquely yours.

Frequently Asked Questions About Guacamole:

1. What is guacamole?

Guacamole is an avocado based dip, which is primarily made with avocados, salt, and lime juice. If the only time you ever enjoy guacamole is as a side at your favorite Mexican restaurant, you are missing out on a lot of opportunities to enjoy the delicious dip. It's a must have addition to parties, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and get-togethers with your friends. It turns out, the Mexican favorite has become a modern American tradition during the big game. The tasty dish has a place in every snack or meal, whether it's a special occasion or a little thing called lunch.

2. How do you eat guacamole?

Guacamole is primarily used as a dip with nachos or tostadas, but there are many other ways to enjoy its inspirational flavor. You can use it in place of sandwich spread on your sandwiches, add flavor to salads, pair with fresh veggies, or add as a topping to your favorite pizza.

Americans are eating more guacamole than ever before and they have developed some ideas on the correct way to go about it. While dipping out of a bowl with tortilla chips is considered a casual activity to share with friends, most do their dipping with a spoon . At least, until they get the dip from the bowl onto their plates!

Apparently, the discomfort most of us feel when taking the last bite of a food flies out the window when it comes to guacamole. More than half (63%) say they don't have a problem taking the last bite from the bowl once they have asked if anyone else wants it.

No matter how or where you eat it, it looks like guacamole is one food trend that is here to stay.

3. Who created Guacamole?

While today you might enjoy this delectable dip watching football on a big-screen TV, it was 14th-century Aztecs who first whipped up a batch of creamy guacamole over 700 years ago. Avocados were a big part of the Aztecs' diet (how fortunate!) and, when the Spanish first encountered them in the 1500s, they were using the same basalt mortar and pestle we use today to mash and blend the ingredients of that special green concoction.

4. Where does the name come from?

It might be hard to believe guacamole ever went by another name, but when the ancient Aztecs rolled into the party, they brought a bowl of ahuacamolli — imagine trying to pronounce that. Ahuacamolli is a mash-up of the words ahuacatl (avocado) and mulli (sauce). But, as is a conquistador's want, they substituted a similar-sounding word for an unfamiliar one and returned home raving about the scrumptious "guacamole" they had while in Mexico.

Want to learn more about guacamole? You're in luck! Find answers to all of your guacamole questions in our guacamole glossary.

When Did Hass Become Boss?

California mail carrier Rudolph Hass first delivered us that bumpy-skinned fruit we enjoy today in 1926. This admittedly odd-looking avocado was unlike any seen before, yet its taste was, shall we say, avotastic. Hass patented his unique avocado tree in 1935 (the first-ever U.S. patent on a tree) and, with the widespread sale of his fruit, the quality and popularity of guacamole went through the roof.

A Universal taste

While guacamole's roots may be in Mexican soil, people all around the world have caught on to this tasty treat. And those living in different parts of the world have put their own regional spin on the classic dip. For instance, the traditional Japanese recipe calls for soy sauce, rice vinegar, and wasabi paste, while the French enjoy their guac on fresh baguettes with shallots and tarragon. After all, the only required ingredient for guacamole is avocado - the rest is up to you.

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