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How to Make Guacamole

Learn how to make guacamole from Brooklyn Taco Co. chef/owner Jesse Kramer in this Howcast video.

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Today I'm going to show you how to make awesome guacamole. Key ingredient: nice, ripe avocados. That means there's a little firmness when you push in, but you can still push in. Also, the key to awesome guacamole, keep it chunky. Don't puree it and turn it into some liquified soup. It's nasty. You've got to keep it chunky. All right. So, a little trick on how to cut avocadoes. Take a little stem off. So it doesn't fall in your avocado. You're going to bring it around. Don't cut yourself. Line it up. Twist. And then, this takes a little practice, but put the knife in, twist. See it on here?

Take it off. Look at that. Perfect. And you can tell if they're not ripe, because the seed won't come out. Now we're going to criss-cross out cuts. So we're going to do vertical, vertical, vertical. Turn it again. So easy. When they're perfectly ripe, you get a great, nutty flavor to it. And the longer you wait, it just turns creamy, and it's a little less flavorful. So there's a window of about two days to use the avocado before it goes bad. Tricks to ripening an avocado are put it in a brown bag overnight, maybe two nights. All right. So now that I have my avocados here, I have red onion, adds a little sweet flavor. I have chopped tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos for some bite, salt always, and a little lime juice for some acidity. So here I am. Just going to scoop it out. See how easy that is? Awesome. Scoop this out.

Beautiful. All right. And believe it or not, some people used to refer to avocados as the poor man's butter. But now it's a really expensive product. All right. So we have this chunky avocado in here. I'm going to mix the tomatoes. Scoop that out. And it's imperative that you use enough salt in this, because it's really going to bring out flavor in the avocados. They're pretty mild anyway. So whenever I add ingredients to the guacamole, I make sure that they're not overpowering. I don't add any seasoning. It's just fresh, crisp ingredients, and they all have their own perfect little role in this game. All right. So I'm also a color guy. I like food that is beautiful on the table and tastes good.

So here I have a beautiful, chunky guacamole mixed with nice, fresh plum tomatoes, chopped. I have red onions in here. I have a little bit of cilantro. And you have to taste it before you serve it. Every chef I've ever worked with would just yell at me if I didn't taste my food. A little bit more salt. Use kosher salt. It blends easier. The crystals are a little larger. That way you don't get this concentrated area of salt in your guacamole. It will be nice and well-mixed. And there you go. And then if you want to just serve it on the table. So nice. Look at that. Beautiful, green, yellow, red, purple. There's nothing more satisfying than biting into a huge chunk of avocado. Here you are. Awesome, chunky avocado guacamole.

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