Creamy Guacamole Dip
Creamy Guacamole Dip
Creamy Guacamole Dip is my all-time favorite dip. I’m not just saying that because I’m always making it but because this dip is simple, tasty and fresh. It’s not loaded with a whole lot of refine sugars, preservatives nor the unnecessary extra calories that other dips may contain.
What is Guacamole?
Guacamole is an avocado-based dip that originated in Mexico. This dip, almost like a saucy spread, dates back to the 1500s thanks to the Aztecs. Yup, the ethnic groups in Central Mexico discovered Avocados way before Columbus “discovered” America.
So how did the name “guacamole” came about? Well, in the Aztec dialect (Nahuati), they called this dip “āhuacamolli” which literally translates to “avocado sauce”. Eventually, the pronunciation evolved, until it became guacamole. However, in some parts of the US, we’ve even shorten the name guacamole by calling it “guac”. 🙂
Guacamole is perhaps the most-loved and most popular way (think Cinco de Mayo, Super Bowl and the countless parties, baby!) of preparing fresh avocado. We love guac soooo much that a holiday was created just for this spread. Mark your calendars for September 16 because that is National Guacamole Day in the United States; How cool is that???
Creamy Guacamole Dip is our go to appetizer, party snack, and even spread for many of the sandwiches we make. Gosh, this delicious piece of heaven is just so versatile!
Quick, Easy & Creamy Guacamole Dip
This recipe will only require 5 simple ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time. Now, the reason why this dip only takes about 10 minutes to make is because it doesn’t require a whole lot of dishes or complex ingredients.
All you need are the essential ingredients: avocado (the star of this recipe, of course!), lime juice (to add a citrus flavor and to prevent the browning of the avocado), cilantro (to add texture, flavor and freshness), and some salt & pepper to season the whole thing — 5 ingredients, nothing more!
For variety (side note: “variety” is the spice of life — you gotta have it, my friend!) you may also add other ingredients to further boost the flavors! I mean, if you have a thing for spicy dips, you can add in some fresh finely chopped jalapeno. Oh, and speaking of Spicy Guacamole. Did you know that there is even ANOTHER holiday just for Spicy Guacamole? Seriously! November 15, is the National Spicy Guacamole Day in the US. I think we’re such a sucker for holidays, since we have National Holiday’s for every type of food that you can imagine! Ha-ha!
You can even add a tropical twist to your guac my adding some diced sweet mango and pineapples! Or maybe some smoked paprika and cayenne pepper for that smoky flavor. This Creamy Guacamole Dip recipe is actually a good base recipe where you can let your creativity play around! But remember, as it is, with 5 simple ingredients, this is already a winner! <Two thumbs up>
How to Choose the Perfect Avocado for your Creamy Guacamole Dip
Avocados come in many varieties. In fact, believe it or not, there are hundreds of types of avocado around the world. In the United States, they grow commercially in 3 states: California, Florida and Hawaii. The most common variety we see and use is Hass Avocado. In California, Hass Avocado are 95% of their total crop yield each year. That’s a huge share of the pie, right?
Just so you know, the rest of the varieties in California are called: Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Pinkerton, Reed and Zutano. One day, you might spot these names when you’re shopping in a farmer’s markets or in the supermarket.
But, then you may ask me: how do I know if it’s really a “Hass”? Well to start with, it has a distinctive thick, pebbly skin that changes color from green to purplish-black when it is ripe. Florida avocados, on the other hand, are larger than California Hass avocados and they have smoother outer texture of skin. (See, you’re becoming an avocado expert!)
Hass Avocado has an oval shape, and the flesh is pale green and very creamy. Just perfect for this recipe!
To make some good guacamole, remember that you need ripe avocados. To test if your Hass Avocado is ripe, squeeze it gently in the palm of your hand. If it yields to gentle pressure, it is ripe enough.
Why Creamy Guacamole Dip is Good for You
Nonetheless, avocados are good source of fiber for you and guacamole taste like a piece of addictive love. I mean who would turn down the many benefits that avocados have to offer your body? Can you believe that avocados contain more potassium in them than bananas and bell peppers? So, why are we still putting such a big hype on bananas? :/ Beats me… however, bananas are so delicious. Yum-Yum! J
Knowledge is power my friend! Like many other people, I also was blinded by false information and was lead to believe that avocados were high in BAD fat. Hence bad info, because that just isn’t true! This delicious fruit (avocados) are health-promoting monounsaturated fats, especially in Oleic Acid. I firmly believe that even if you do not care for guacamole; simply add a slice of avocado to any of your tasty dishes. One slice will provide you with a mouth full of creamy flavorful delight.
Simply put, you just can’t go wrong with making Creamy Guacamole Dip for any time of the day!
So prep those chips, or veggies sticks… it’s Guac time!