In Mexico, guacamole is usually kept simple, with just a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a little salt. However, almost as popular are festive, seasonally inspired guacamoles like this specialty of central Mexico, which is sparked with crunchy onion, spicy chile and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Here we top the guacamole with pretty red pomegranate seeds and mango, but any tart-sweet fruit, such as pineapple and strawberries, work just as well. Or, try crumbling a tablespoon salty cotija or goat cheese, or a tablespoon of toasted pumpkin seeds, over the top with the fruit and tomato.
Guacamole with Mango and Pomegranate
- 3 ripe avocados
- 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
- Fine sea salt
- 1/4 small white onion, finely diced
- 1 small serrano chile, seeded and minced
- 3 fresh cilantro sprigs, stemmed and chopped
- 2 Tbs. diced mango
- 2 Tbs. pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 small plum tomato, seeded and finely diced (about 2 Tbs.)
- 1 small jicama, peeled and cut into sticks
- Tortilla chips
1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop the flesh into a bowl or molcajete (mortar). Using a fork, a potato masher or a pestle, mash the avocado with the lime juice and 1/2 tsp. salt until the guacamole is smooth but still has a little texture and some chunks. Stir in the onion, serrano and cilantro. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
2. Spoon the guacamole into a serving bowl or leave it in the molcajete. Scatter the mango, pomegranate seeds and tomato on top. Serve immediately with the jicama sticks and tortilla chips for dipping. Serves 4.
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