adapted from multiple sources but originally discovered on Downshiftology

• 3 large ripe avocados
• 1-2 small tomatoes, diced
• 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
• 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed & finely chopped¹
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about one lime)
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro²
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

➀ Slice each avocado in half, remove the pit, and spoon the flesh into a large bowl.
➁ Mash avocado with a fork until it reaches your desired consistency. (Personally, I like my guac like I like my mashed potatoes: a bit chunky!)
➂ Add tomatoes, onion, jalapeño (if desired), lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and salt. Now is an excellent time to have a taste, and tweak the ingredients to your liking.
➃ Enjoy with tortilla chips or add to your favorite tacos, burritos, et cetera!

➀ If you don't want it to be spicy at all, leave this out. Want more spice? Add more! Taste-testing as you go is recommended as jalapeños can vary a lot in their spice level.
➁ If you're one of the people for whom cilantro, also known as coriander leaves, tastes like soap, just leave it out! Maybe sub in some fresh parsley instead.
➂ Growing an avocado plant from the pit is fun, can be a cool science project for kids, and results in a neat little houseplant. With enough time and light you can eventually grow your own avocados! Now's an excellent time to give it a try!
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