Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles
Everyone has their own version of guacamole, but I think the ingredients in my Cilantro-Lovers Guacamole are just perfect, and this delicious guacamole is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, meatless, vegan, and South Beach Diet friendly. Of course I love cilantro, but see my suggestion below if you’re not a fan! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
I’ve recently shared 10 Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites and reminded you about 25+ Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cindo de Mayo, so I hope you’ve been planning your Cinco de Mayo menu. It won’t be long before it’s time to go into a Mexican food frenzy! And Guacamole is something that should be included in every Mexican food dinner, don’t you agree? There’s really no such a thing as bad Guacamole, but this Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles is absolutely my favorite version of guacamole. (And if you wrinkled up your nose at the mention of cilantro, you can use thinly-sliced green onion instead and it will still be great.)
I remember the first time I tasted guacamole, on the menu as “Guacamole Salad” at a now-long-gone restaurant named Tampico’s in downtown Salt Lake City. It was creamy, slightly spicy, and had just a touch of lime, and I thought it was one of the most heavenly things I’d ever tasted. For years I made “Easy Guacamole” for parties with just avocado, lime, and a bit of chili powder, and it was always a hit. Then around ten years ago I started adding some very finely chopped cilantro and red onion to my guacamole recipe.
Now I’ve made Guacamole for years using this recipe so I decided it was time to update it the recipe with new photos and recommend it for your Cinco de Mayo menu. But even though I still make my Guacamole with exactly the ingredients in this Cilantro-Lovers Perfect Guacamole recipe, truthfully I’d probably eat guacamole just about any way you wanted to make it. I’m guessing there are other people with specific guacamole preferences, so if you want to weigh in on it, please leave a comment telling us just what you think the essential ingredients are for perfect guacamole.
Start with two perfectly ripe avocados. Peel avocados, dice into chunks, and toss with lime juice. You’ll also need chopped red onion, finely chopped cilantro (or green onion), ground Ancho Chile Pepper, Green Tabasco Sauce, and salt or Vege-Sal.
When you’ve dumped in avocado, lime juice, finely chopped red onion, finely chopped cilantro, Ancho chile pepper, Vege-Sal, and Green Tabasco, it’s time to start mashing the guacamole with a fork. I don’t mind a few chunks in my guacamole, but that’s a personal preference.
Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole is great with thinly sliced jicama or Sweet Mini-Pepper scoops if you’re trying to avoid the corn chips!
Cilantro-Lover's Perfect Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles
There are many recipes for guacamole, but this Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles has the perfect combination of ingredients!
- 2 medium avocados (must be perfectly ripe for good guacamole; the flesh of the avocado should barely give when pressed with your thumb.)
- 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
- 3 T very finely minced red onion
- 1/4 cup very finely minced fresh cilantro (or use finely minced green onion if you’re a cilantro avoider)
- 1/4 tsp. ground Ancho chile pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Vege-Sal (or use 1/4 tsp. regular salt)
- 1/2 tsp. Green Tabasco sauce (more or less to taste, or use any hot sauce that you like the flavor of)
- Peel avocados and dice into pieces. Put avocado into a glass or plastic bowl and toss with the lime juice.
- Finely chop red onion and cilantro (or green onion) and add to the avocado.
- Add ground Ancho chile pepper, Vege-Sal (or salt), and Green Tabasco Sauce to the bowl.
- Using a fork, mash and stir the avocado until other ingredients are mixed in and avocado is mostly mashed, with some small chunks remaining. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, chile pepper, or hot sauce if desired.
- Guacamole is best made just before eating, but it will keep in the fridge for a day or so. (The top will brown slightly, but if you stir you’ll find the lime juice has kept the rest of the avocado from darkening.)
This recipe created by Kalyn after experimenting with guacamole through the years.All images and text ©
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The ingredients in this Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole are low-carb and low-glycemic, and approved for all phases of the South Beach Diet (although limit to 1/3 avocado per day for South Beach.) Of course the traditional corn chips often served with guacamole aren’t low-carb or South Beach Diet friendly, but avocado is great with just about anything. Thinly-sliced jicama “chips” or sweet mini-pepper scoops are great for low-carb dippers!
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