Guacamole cravings are practically universal, and anyone who’s been there knows that when you’re struck by a craving for creamy avocado, a citrus punch, a slow spice burn — there’s no shaking it until you’ve had your fix.
But sometimes, time’s not on your side. Fear not: This doesn’t mean you have to go without the guac. Read on to learnhow to make guacamole in less than five minutes.
You’ll need an avocado or two; ripe Hass avocados are best. The foundation of any homemade guacamole, avocados are indispensable, so make them a mainstay on your weekly shopping list. In the case of a Code Guac at home, even one avocado might save your life (or party).
The lowdown on the absolute fastest way to make guacamole: Prep your avocado base (open, remove pit, scoop, and mash), and then take any salsa you have on hand and fold a few generous tablespoons into your mashed avocado. Add salt and pepper to taste, and if you have a lime on hand, squeeze that fresh juice into the mix.
No lime? Lemon works in a pinch. Just do your best to add one of the two; avocado needs citrus contrast for depth. Scoop that guac into a pretty bowl, set out your chips, and watch them disappear right along with your craving.
If you shop for groceries more frequently, your emergency guac recipe can get an easy gourmet boost. Which means that step 1 is to scout your kitchen.
If you find a tomato, or even cherry tomatoes, forget the salsa and dice the tomato, combining it with your mashed avocado. Got an onion, of any color, in whole or in part? Ditto: Dice it up and toss it in. These are just the basics.Consider kale, fruit, basil, bacon… only you can judge which food additions are a fit for your coveted guac.
Don’t forget the salt and pepper — fresh-ground is best. You can also spice up your emergency ration with Tabasco sauce, red pepper flakes, chile powder, or ground cayenne pepper. Really need a slow burn? Finely chop fresh jalapeños, or even canned jalapeños, and mix them in.
Guacamole is, above all, a simple (but powerful!) recipe, so don’t be weary of keeping it quick and simple — and don’t deny yourself a fix to your guac cravings. The heart wants what the heart wants, after all; and it’s safe to say that goes for your taste buds, too.