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Homemade Guacamole - A 10-Minute Recipe

Buying ripe avocados is tricky. Timed perfectly so that they are ripe and creamy, you have to use them within a day or throw them out. As a result, it's more prudent to buy avocados when they're still green so that they can ripen naturally on your counter. But what to do when you buy five avocados that ripen at the same time? Easy: make some homemade guacamole.

Guacamole is one of the easiest things to throw together if you have the right ingredients. Basically it involves a bit of dicing and a bit of mashing and takes no more than 10 minutes to prep. There is really no cooking involved, and with nothing more than a cutting board, a good knife, a spoon, and a bowl, you're good to go.

Ingredients:

1 large or 2 small ripe haas avocados 1/4 a yellow, white or red onion 1/2 a small tomato Fresh lime juice (about 2 tablespoons) Cilantro (optional) Salt Tortilla chips

Preparation:

Cut avocados in half and spoon the ripe avocado into a mixing bowl. Mash together. Dice onion, tomato, and chop cilantro. Add to the bowl, drizzle with lime juice and salt to taste. Mix well. Serve with tortilla chips.

Variations: If you don't have onions, tomato, or cilantro, you can still make the most basic of guacamole with lime juice and salt. Also, add some lime juice to keep the avocado fresh if you plan to keep in the fridge. If it develops a brown film from oxidation, just scrape the brown film and the guacamole underneath will be nice and fresh.

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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
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