Authentic Chunky Guacamole
Having lived in San Antonio for over five years, I became quite the connoisseur of guacamole. This is a copycat version of my all time favorite guacamole from one of our favorite restaurants in home of the Alamo. Rich and creamy avocado delicately balanced with fresh tangy lime juice, sweet fresh orange juice, and just the right amount of heat from a roasted serrano pepper. This is the best guacamole for your fiestas, cinco de mayo, and taco night!
My family loves this thick and chunky guacamole for dipping, on tacos, or topped on fluffy scrambled eggs. Every summer we take an annual vacation with my husband’s family to Hilton Head Island. I always cook dinner on Tuesday of that week, and over the years (10+ now) it has morphed into Beachside Taco Tuesday! It seems that no matter what type of tacos I make: shrimp, shark, carnitas, or carne asada, this guacamole is the star of the show!
Why Avocados are So Good For You!
These amazing green beauties are a staple in my house every week, not just because I love them with almost everything, but because they are a nutrient powerhouse and it is a no brainer when feeding and fueling a busy family of 5!
Let’s talk macros. We all know our macronutrients to be our carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but did you know that the fourth macronutrient is water? An avocado is a great source of all four macronutrients!
Macro Breakdown: 1/2 of an average avocado
- 70%-75% of the avocado is water: Great for hydration!
- 2 grams of protein: Plant based protein is a great source of amino acids.
- 9 grams of carbohydrates: Fuel to keep you going!
- 15 grams of good fats: Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats that support healthy cholesterol and are essential in cell health!
Vitamins and Minerals
- Multiple B Vitamins: essential in the conversion of food into energy and many other bodily functions.
- Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant that neutralized free radicals and reduced oxidative stress
- Vitamins E (fat soluble): Antioxidant and nutrient that supports healthy skin, vision, and brain health .
- Vitamin K (fat soluble): Essential in clotting and conversion to K2 in the gut to support bone and heart health.
- Copper: Necessary in the production of red blood cells as well as nervous system and cardiovascular health .
- Magnesium: Essential in detoxification, smooth muscle relaxation, and supports anti-inflammation.
- Manganese: Supports healthy brain and nervous system function.
- Potassium: Key nutrient in heart health, healthy blood pressure and in metabolic function .
And if this wasn’t enough, half of an avocado has up to 7 grams of fiber! The fiber found in avocados is both insoluble and soluble.
- Insoluble fiber supports healthy digestion and movement through the GI tract.
- Soluble fiber supports a healthy microbiome and supports health blood sugars.
So grab some luscious ripe avocados and let’s get cooking!
Authentic Chunky Guacamole Ingredients
2-3 Ripe Hass Avocados
1 Roma Tomato, deseeded and finely diced
1/2 Red Onion, finely diced
1/3 cup Fresh Cilantro, packed and finely chopped
1 tsp – 1 Tbsp Serrano or Jalapeño Pepper, roasted and finely diced (opt)
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
1/2-1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper (opt)
How to Make Authentic Chunky Guacamole
1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
2. Lightly oil your serrano or jalapeño pepper with a few drops of avocado oil or EVOO, roast in the oven on a parchment lined baking sheet until the skin has blistered and browned. Remove and cool completely.
3. Prepare your tomatoes, pepper, onion and cilantro, set aside.
- In preparing the tomatoes, remove the juice and the seeds so it does not water down your guac.
- In preparing the pepper, you may peel the skin if desired, and test the heat. If it’s really hot you may want to add it sparingly.
- In preparing the cilantro, remove the leaves from the stems before chopping.
4. Halve the avocados, remove the seeds and add the flesh to a large bowl.
5. Add the lime juice, orange juice and sea salt, mash with a fork or potato masher. Do not over mash if you like chunky guacamole like I do, if you like it creamier, mash to your desired consistency.
6. Stir in the tomatoes, onions, pepper, and cilantro.
7. Season with black pepper and more salt if needed.
8. Serve with everything from eggs to tacos and enjoy!
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Q: How do I fix my guacamole if I added too much lime?
A: Add more avocados!
Q: My avocados weren’t fully ripe and my guacamole is bitter, what can I do to fix it?
A: Add more lime juice (acid) or orange juice (sweet).
Q: Can I use a Florida avocado instead of a Hass avocado?
A: Not for the entire recipe, however, you could probably sub in about half of the hass avocado for an equivalent amount of Florida avocado.
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I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. – Amy
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