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Guacamole is a spicy Mexican (or Tex-Mex) paste made from crushed avocado and various seasonings, usually including onions, peppers, garlic and tomatoes.


The ingredients and quantities of this recipe are tuned to the tastes of one contributor; you should experiment with it. (Especially note that it has got rather a lot of lime, and you might want to add peppers or chillis.)

  • 2 very ripe avocados
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 1 1/2 limes
  • 1 small onion, diced very small
  • 1 small tomato, diced very small
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • Salt to taste

Put everything except the avocados into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Halve the avocados and scoop the flesh into the bowl. Using a large fork, mash the avocados and combine with all the other ingredients. Taste the mixture and add anything you think necessary (be aware that the flavours, especially the lime, will soften a little by the time it is served). Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavours to blend. When it is removed from the refrigerator, there may be some brown on the top - scrape it off.

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