Guacamole with some heat!

It’s funny how your tastes change as you get older. While growing up, I ate what most children do for fruits and vegetables: corn, green beans, apples, bananas, and grapes. Now, I enjoy foods like asparagus, spaghetti squash, and avocados. In fact, right now I’m on an avocado kick. I can’t get enough of that creamy little fruit! And, yes, it’s technically a fruit even though it tastes like a vegetable (a little bit of trivia for you in case you ever need it).

Guacamole with a Little Kick 

2 medium avocados
1/2 medium tomato, diced
1/4 cup diced red onions
1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded & diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tsp salt 

Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Sccop out avocado from the peel, put in a small mixing bowl, and mash until smooth. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Chill in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Testing Avocado Ripeness
The trick to perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, it’s not ready and won’t taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be too ripe and shouldn’t be used.

Another test is to try to flick the small stem off the avocado. If it comes off easily and you can see green underneath it, the avocado is ripe.