We all know limes are the traditional tart citrus to squeeze into guacamole – well this Cinco de Mayo – try Lemon Guacamole. It’s tart and chunky with a bright sunny-zing flavor that only lemons can provide! Cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and tomatoes also accent this dip. No limes allowed – but plenty of citrus!..
Lemon or Lime? Every time I share my lemon-infused guac I get at least one hard core guacamole fan who gives me a loud “boo!” – because lemon is not part of the traditional recipe for guac. And why mess with a great thing, right? Well I really do prefer lemon over lime simply because the flavor is lighter, brighter. And dangerously delicious. I usually find myself eating this Lemon Guacamole with a big spoon instead of with a dainty chip. Hooray for Cinco de Mayo fiesta eats..
Recipe Idea! My favorite recipe with guacamole is a simple guac-a-dilla. Instead of cheese between two corn tortillas – I add guacamole. Then I very lightly grill each side of the “quesadilla” – or guac-a-dilla. Slice into triangles and serve with salsa. I guess when you love guacamole as much as I do, you don’t really need much else on your plate!
Lemon Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo
makes 4 cups
3 large avocados, diced
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped – including stems for ‘crunch’
1 small tomato, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced (optional)
1 jalapeno, diced (remove seeds)
1 tsp garlic powder or granules ( or 3 fresh garlic cloves, chopped)
1/2-1 tsp chipotle pepper powder
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
a few grinds of fresh black pepper
Garnish: lemon slices
1. Toss the diced avocados in lemon juice.
2. Fold in the spices, cilantro, tomato and jalapeno.
3. Taste. Adjust spices – salt and pepper to your tastes.
4. Serve – or cover and chill in fridge until ready to be served.