A few weeks ago, I was out for dinner at this awesome Mexican restaurant, Casa de Mateo, with two friends visiting from out of town. One was a vegetarian, the other a flexitarian. All three of us decided that Mexican food was definitely in our top 3 in terms of favorite ethnic foods and that guacamole is, hands down, our favorite condiment.
Honestly, is there anything better than the fresh and creamy texture of homemade guac? We didn’t think so either, so it comes as no surprise that we decided to order their guacamole as a starter to go with our complimentary chips and salsa (which was equally delicious by the way).
We were surprised, however, when this bright-eyed, sweet Mexican girl approached our table with a massive cart loaded with guacamole inspiring ingredients. Scratch that, we were drooling when she approached us. She asked whether we had in fact ordered the guacamole and upon confirmation happily showed us how to make authentic guacamole that was the best I have ever eaten outside of Mexico. So naturally, I had to show you guys how it’s done too!
You will need:
1 Large ripe avocado
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
¼ c. diced red onion
¼ c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cumin
½ tomato, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice your avocado in half and remove the pit. Please don’t follow my previous example and slice your finger open. It really sucks when that happens!
Toss the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash slightly.
Next add in your lime juice, red onion, cilantro, cumin, tomato, and some of the jalapeno. Mix well together and taste, add in more jalapeno if desired. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my guac this week on Mexican inspired dishes such as black bean and corn quesadillas
and black bean burgers.
But you could go the traditional chips ‘n’ salsa route, or tacos, nachos, etc… However you want to eat it, just promise me you’ll try it out.
Oh and if you happen to be visiting Montreal, stop by Casa de Mateo for an authentic Mexican dining experience complete with Mariachi band. Then head over to Pinq Taco for a Tequila Mojito. I’m serious.