Guacamole time! There is something awesome about a great guacamole recipe. Basic homemade guacamole only needs a few ingredients. You can add ingredients from there, to your preference, experimenting, making it your own, though it is hard to beat the classic guacamole. Or maybe you can! Much depends on your mood. If you're in the mood for a little heat with your guacamole, then it is time to bring in the awesome habanero pepper.
The habanero pepper isn't very hard to find nowadays. With killer peppers like the ghost pepper, Moruga, Scorpion, and the Reaper around, the habanero looks pretty tame by comparison and its reputation for heat has taken a hit. People aren't so afraid of them so the local markets are carrying them more and more. Rightly so! Habanero peppers deserve no fear, but beware. They do deserve our respect when it comes to heat. Averaging around 300,000 Scoville Heat Units, these babies absolutely bring the bite, and you'll love them for it. Such a pleasant level of heat if you ask me. If the heat is too intense for you, just remove the innards of the habanero peppers before incorporating them into the dish. Most of the heat is in the inner membrane, so that will tamp things down a bit for you. You'll still get that fruity flavor that makes a habanero a habanero.
Guacamole is one of those uber party dishes, but it's also super quick to make so if a party randomly breaks out at your house, you'll have something popular to serve. It is also a KEY ingredient in my Late Night Nachos, which gained QUITE the popularity around here. Patty keeps telling me that I need to get that recipe posted, and I hope to do that soon.
Patty's Perspective: Whenever we go to a particular local Mexican restaurant that makes fresh guacamole at our table, I say the hotter the better. They bring jalapenos and habaneros on their cart along with the other ingredients and make it right there. My heat tolerance has gone up over the years. Gee, I wonder why! So once we had habanero peppers popping up in the garden, I knew exactly what I wanted. Fresh habanero guacamole!
Homemade Habanero Guacamole
- 2 large avocado, peeled and pitted
- Juice from 1 lime
- 3-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, or more to taste
- 1-2 habanero peppers, chopped (and seeded, if desired, to reduce the heat)
- Salt to taste
- Add all ingredients, but only about half of the lime juice, to a mixing bowl and mix well to the creaminess you desire.
- Taste. Adjust for lime and salt to your personal preference.
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