Some convenience foods puzzle me. I really wonder about the packages of guacamole mix in the grocery store, next to the avocados. A spice site lists the ingredients as:
ONION, SALT, SWEET BELL PEPPERS, TOMATO SOLIDS MADE FROM CONCENTRATE, GARLIC, SUGAR, JALAPEÑO PEPPERS, SPICES (INCLUDING CILANTRO LEAVES AND CUMIN), CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, CITRIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM, PAPRIKA, CHILI PEPPERS, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, AND LEMON OIL.
If you're already in the produce aisle at the grocery store buying an avocado, couldn't you just pick up some real vegetables instead of a paper package of dehydrated ones? I don't get it. The real stuff doesn't take much longer to make than it would take to mash an avocado and sprinkle in a package of stuff. To be fair, I have sampled this stuff in the grocery store and it tastes OK. So I suppose if you were in a guacamole emergency, and you happened to have a packet of this and the avocado, you'd be able to make a passable dip.
My guac is really simple. I cut or mash up one avocado and mix in half a tomato and one onion, both finely diced. I squeeze some lemon/and or lime juice (from lemons and limes) over the whole thing to add flavor, and also so it doesn't turn brown. Then I add salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste. I don't like my guac spicy but you could add peppers or chili flake. I also don't usually add garlic -- not that I don't love it -- because I think it overpowers the avocado flavor. I don't have xanthan gum in my kitchen and my guac seems terrific without it.
I had some today on a homemade quesadilla, but I love it in my wraps or with just about anything salty (chips, crackers). Obviously portion control is important, but this stuff is such a treat that it's worth the calories, I think.
I'm percolating a non-recipe post but it's one I need to think about for a while. I want to get it right.