How To: Make Guacamole in 5 Simple Steps

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Summer is in full swing, and we know what an important part guacamole is to your celebrations (it certainly is a staple in mine!). After all, what’s a BBQ without a big bowl of fresh guacamole to dunk your veggies and tortilla chips in –  or smother on top of a burger patty? Create your own guest favorite at your next get-together with these 5 steps and simple, from-scratch recipes:

California Avocados

1. Select The Right Avocado

The best guacamole is going to come from the best fruit, so check the label for California Avocados to make sure your main ingredient has been grown under the best conditions (with local sunshine) for optimal flavor and freshness! The avocado must be ripe –  test by gently squeezing it in the palm of your hand or look for a green color under the small dry button on the stem end.

O'Hara Family Guacamole Recipe

2. Choose Your Recipe

Few things are better than a side of classic guacamole, like our aptly-named Best Guacamole Ever – a true recipe that’s been handed down for generations –  but why stop there? Customize your own guacamole technique to your liking (Zesty, Fruity, Infused or more!) and check out some of our most popular guac recipes to get some inspiration. The O’Hara Family Guacamole, a recipe straight from a proud California Avocado grower (pictured above), includes corn for a little extra crunch. Or, add more heat to your BBQ with hot pepper sauce in our Guacamole Autentico! Once you’ve chosen your guac style, prep your ingredients and set aside for later.

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3. Prep, Cut & Peel A California Avocado

Collect and rinse your ingredients, cut the fruit into quarters, remove the seed, and peel the fruit by sliding your thumb between the avocado and the skin, carefully peeling it back. This method will help you get to the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit (closest to the peel). If you’re still new to cooking with California Avocados, take a look at this step-by-step guide to cut an avocado. Once removed from the skin, you can slice or dice the fruit for easier mixing.

4. Mash Up Your Avocado & Ingredients

Combine your avocado with the prepped ingredients and mash together in one big bowl. For chunkier guacamole, mash half first and add in the other half of avocado chunks later, stirring together with the rest of the dip flavors. Whichever your technique, unless you prefer completely creamy guacamole, avoid over-mixing to keep the textures and chunks alive.

California Avocado Dip

5. Dive Into Your Dip!

Your effort is about to pay off – slice up fresh fruits and veggies, grab a bowl of crisp tortilla chips, and dig in to your very own guacamole dish!

Have you created your own original guacamole? If not, get started with this blog post about how to find your signature guacamole recipe. If so, share your recipe below and your photos with us on Twitter or Instagram with the #CAguac hashtag.

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