A few years ago (now that I think about it, it may have been more than a few years. Man, I'm getting old.), my family took a trip to New York City. Confession time: I LOVE this city. I love the hustle, the people, the sites, the sounds...all of it. I've never been bothered by the "rudeness" of New Yorkers or the mass amounts of people everywhere. Its such a change from my every day life that I actually enjoy it. I could visit this lovely city every year and still find new place and sites to enjoy.
Anyway, back to the story....
My dad decided to take us to dinner at a restaurant on the west side of Central Park called Rosa Mexicano. I honestly can't remember what I had for dinner than night, but I do remember the guacamole. This was truly the best guacamole I've ever had. They bring all the ingredients out and fix it for you, table side. The flavors were incredibly fresh and bright and wonderful and simple. Simple was the best part. I like being able to taste the avocado in my guac and not have it be overpowered by other flavors and spices.
Over the years, we have worked on re-creating the creamy deliciousness of this guacamole. I think we've finally done it. I could eat the entire bowl-full, with a spoon...forget about the chips!
The great thing about this guacamole is that it is SUPER easy! Quite often, I don't measure any of the ingredients and just throw things in the bowl until it "tastes" right. Just be careful to not "taste" it all!
2 ripe avocados
1/2 tomato, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons yellow onion, diced finely (I don't like big chunks of onion flavor)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 jalapeno, chopped (deveined and seeded, depending on the level of heat you want)
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt, to taste
Optional: a couple dashes of your favorite hot sauce in addition to or instead of the jalapeno
Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and mash lightly. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix together until well combined and avocado is as chunky or smooth as you prefer it. Taste and adjust as necessary.