Pico de gallo & Guacamole

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Pregnancy cravings…they can be very intense, let me tell you! No, no, no….not mine. At least, not this time! My sister-in-law and her family are expecting another little blessing to their family of 3 this July. We are thrilled for them and can’t wait to meet the little guy. Apparently, he really likes guacamole…which is a good thing they live in the home of the avocado, California. On a recent visit here in Oregon, I made up some guacamole and made one mommy-to-be very happy. Super simple and lots of flavor; guacamole is a great appetizer or add in for a mexican feast. Leave out the avocado and you have pico de gallo! Both will accompany my next post…stay tuned!

Our cast of characters:Image

Now, let’s chop some veggies! First, the tomatoes:Image

Next, some jalapenos….the key to great pico is equal parts. Leave out the seeds for a mild pico…add some in for some kick!Image

Next up, some red onion…or white. Whatever you prefer. The red gives a nice color and a little more zip.Image

Now, time for cilantro…don’t worry about all the stems. Just give it a nice chop!Image

Ok, let’s squeeze some lime and add some salt. Check out this juicer…it works great for lemon and limes, and was a gift from Martha. I love it…you can purchase at SurLaTable…it’ll squeeze out every drop from your fruit!Image

Now, you have your Pico de Gallo….taste and enjoy!Image

At this point, I take out some Pico and leave the rest to turn into guacamole. Roughly chop some avocado and push with back of spoon:

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Add to the Pico de Gallo and you have Guacamole! Enjoy!Image

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PICO DE GALLO:
  • 5 whole Plum (roma) Tomatoes
  • 1/2 whole Large (or 1 Small) Onion
  • 3 whole Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt To Taste
  • _____
  • FOR THE GUACAMOLE:
  • 3 whole Avocados
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Pico de Gallo:
Chop jalapenos, tomatoes and onions into a very small dice. (Leave seeds in your jalapenos for a hotter pico). Adjust amount of jalapenos to your preferred temperature. Next, chop up a nice-sized bunch of cilantro. Just remove and discard the long leafless stems before chopping. No need to remove the leaves from the stems completely. Place all of these ingredients together in a bowl and give it a good stir.

Squeeze the juice of half of one lime into the bowl. Add salt to taste and stir again.

Guacamole:
Start with buttery-soft avocados. Halve them lengthwise and remove the pits. Next, with a spoon scrape the “meat” out onto a large plate. Next, with the bottom of a clean cup (or with a fork) mash the avocados, making sure to leave it relatively chunky. Add just a couple of shakes of salt to taste. Next, add a generous helping of Pico de Gallo. Fold together. Lastly squeeze the juice of half of a lime over the top. Give it one last stir.

Source: Pioneer Woman

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2 thoughts on “Pico de gallo & Guacamole

  1. Unfortunately I slept through the whole thing…you will have to make it again or wake me from my nap.
    Love, Martha

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