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#MeatlessMonday: A 10-Min-Or-Less Recipe — Guacamole

One of the easiest and most delicious dips to make for a party or to pair with some beans and rice is guacamole, a Mexican food made from avocados.

Rwanda has amazing avocados and this dish is a great, cheap way to make use of them. Avocados are rich in healthy fats and have many vitamins and minerals.

I make guacamole often and eat it on a chapati, with beans and rice, with tortilla chips or potato chips, with some fries/chips or just with some bread. I ate guacamole with freshly baked bread from my neighbors every day for lunch for almost a year when I lived in the village!

It’s one of my favorite quick foods and is the very first thing I ever taught my house help to make! The below recipe is a party-size amount, feel free to halve it if making for only 1-2 people.

Ingredients (party size)

  • 3 large avocados
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ of a bunch of cilantro/coriander
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt (start small and taste, adding more if needed)
  • ½ chili pepper (or more! – optional)

Step 1: Cut and peel your avocados, dice into small cubes and throw into a large bowl.

Step 2: Chop the onion into small pieces and mince the garlic, add to the bowl. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces and add.

Step 3: Roll the lime on the table to release the juice, slice in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl, catching the seeds and discarding them.

Step 4: Add a pinch or two of salt and the minced chili and mix well with a fork. Chop the cilantro well and add to bowl, mix and serve with a few cilantro leaves on top to make it pretty! 🙂

You can add all kinds of other spices to this too. A ‘seasoned salt’ works very well to add some additional flavor, you can add chili powder, remove the tomatoes if you don’t like them, etc. It’s a very versatile dish!

Another great dip that goes well with guacamole, is pico de gallo. It’s similar to kachumbari – a mix of chopped tomatoes, onions and chili. You can also add green peppers, and to make it pico vs. kachumbari, add some cilantro! I also like to add a little salt and lime juice, but it’s not necessary, especially if you have salty chips to eat the dip with!  

(photo: @vegan_in_rwanda)

For more inspiration, follow my IG: @vegan_in_rwanda for more ideas of vegan foods!

(Featured image courtesy of foodandwine.com)

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