Guacamole is one of those things that everyone prefers a little differently. Some like it chunky, some like it creamy, some like it spicy. Well, we like our guacamole with a little kick. Today we’re sharing our chunky jalapeno guacamole recipe. Anyone who appreciates a little extra heat in their food will go crazy for this! The best part? It’s simple and still packed with flavor.
How To Choose The Best Avocado For Guacamole
When making guacamole, avocados are the star ingredient. If you use avocados that aren’t ripe enough, you’ll end up with flavorless guacamole that won’t mash. If you use avocados that are too ripe, you’ll end up with a mushy brown mess.
Sometimes the markets don’t have ripened avocados, so guacamole might be an appetizer you plan up a few days ahead of time. When choosing the best avocado for your jalapeno guacamole, find one that has no green left (for same day guac).
If you’re making it in a few days, buy one with a little green left and allow it to ripen outside the fridge. Gently squeeze the avocado. It should still feel slightly firm, but not rock hard.
The Best Onion For Guacamole
Most every guacamole recipe calls for onion. Which kind do you use? We think the best onion for guacamole is a white onion. However, we’ve made some great batches of guacamole with yellow and red onions.
The trick? Let the chopped onion sit in the fresh lime juice for a few minutes before mixing. (see tips below.)
Tips For Making The Best Jalapeno Guacamole
- Combine all chopped ingredients first before the avocados. The avocados go last! This allows all the flavors to evenly combine.
- Make sure you’re using fresh, ripe avocados.
- For a spicier guac, choose a fresh jalapeno from the garden or farmers market. The jalapenos at supermarkets tend to have less heat. Read all about jalapenos here.
- Chop your onion, tomato, and jalapeno finely.
- Use a fresh lime if you can. Bottled lime juice works, but a fresh lime levels up the flavor.
- Add a splash of your favorite hot sauce.
What Tastes Good With Guacamole?
When we make our spicy jalapeno guacamole, we typically grab a bag of plain tortilla chips. However, there are so many ways you can use this guacamole. A few ideas:
- Use it on top of your eggs for a new take on breakfast
- Spread it on a sandwich instead of mayonaise (we like it on a B.L.T)
- Throw it on top of homemade chili or spicy tortilla soup
- Mix it into egg salad to add a fresh kick
- Use the guacamole as a dip for veggies instead of chips
- Use it as an addition in burritos, tacos, and nachos
- Add it to a salad instead of a traditional creamy dressing
- Hop on the avocado toast trend!
How To Store Guacamole
When we make guacamole there are rarely leftovers to be stored. However, properly storing your guacamole is important to keep it from turning brown. Adding extra lime juice may help, but it will significantly change the flavor.
Have you ever heard of the water method? The best way to keep your guacamole from discoloring is to flatten the surface, then pour a thin 1/2 inch later of water on top of it! Then, cover it with an airtight lid.
The water barrier will prevent air from creeping in and oxidizing the avocados. You’ll find that the water sits on top due to the high fat content. Be sure to consume your guacamole within two days (it won’t last that long). Of course, pour the water off before serving.
Chunky Jalapeno Guacamole Recipe
It’s time to gather all your ingredients for the best guacamole recipe on this side of the Mississippi!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1/2 tomato chopped
- 1 jalapeno chopped/seeded
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 tsp cilantro
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl with the exception of the avocado. Mix well.
- Scoop the avocado and add to bowl of mixed ingredients, using a potato masher and spoon to combine
Let us know in the comments if you tried this jalapeno guacamole and how you liked it!