I used to make this very elaborate guacamole using bacon and a ton of finely diced tomatoes, red onions, and jalepenos. It was tasty but took forever to make and I found it overpowered the actual avocado flavor. I now make a guacamole that could not be simpler. Four ingredients… that’s it! The one mistake that is easy to make is not having ripe avocados. My trick is to buy them one day in advance while they are still a little hard. I put them in a brown bag then place the bag in a dark pantry overnight. The next day the avocados are ready to go. Use this basic recipe and multiply for a big group. If I am having a dinner for 6 adults, I multiply it be three or four. If my nephew Dane is attending, I multiply by four or five because he eats the guacamole by the spoonful!
1 ripe avocado (dark and a little soft when you press the skin)
1 lime, cut in half
1/4 of a white onion (yellow is fine too)
kosher salt (3/4 to 1 tsp)
Directions: Cut an avocado open. Remove the seed. Score it and scoop the green flesh into a big bowl. Small dice the onion and add it to the bowl. Juice one half of the lime into the mixture. Add 3/4 tsp of salt. Grab a fork and gently combine the ingredients. You don’t want to over mix avocado. Once combined, sample with a fork (or a tortilla chip!). Add the other half of the lime juice or 1/4 tsp more of salt depending on the ripeness of the avocado and your preference in taste. Some people like the guac with a decent amount of salt (me) and others like it with less salt (my mom). Some like the flavor of the lime (me) and some prefer just a hint of lime (my brother). As you can see, the taste test at the end is totally subjective and the lime/salt ratio differs for everyone! Pour the guacamole into a bowl and serve right away.